I just adore using fabric napkins! I know that it is a little extra work to wash them, but they look so pretty on the table and really take dinner up a notch! Plus you can have so much fun with pretty fabrics and styles – and they are so easy to make!
This is a little secret though – I use a cheater method with my mitered corners. And not just on napkins – on anything that I need to sew into a corner! It’s so fast and looks nice – and you don’t have to do any trimming ahead of time!
Here’s what you’ll need to make your own Fast and Easy Fabric Napkins:
- 18″ square of fabric – per napkin. So you can get two napkins out of 1/2 yard.
(My fabric is the Waverly Inspirations line at Walmart. Any cotton fabric works great for these!)
- Matching thread
To cut out your napkins, the easiest method is to use a rotary cutter and mat. Just cut out an 18″ square for each napkin.
Now here’s my cheater method to Mitered Corners. Shhh. Don’t tell anyone.
Start in the center of one of your sides and fold the fabric in to the wrong side 1/4″, then 1/4″ again. This will make a small hem. Sew until you are about 3″ from the corner.
Fold the corner in at an angle, so about 1/2″ is folded in.
Now with that corner folded in, fold up the bottom edge of the fabric twice. You’ll have to hold this in place for a bit. Sew up until you have to let go and the folds are held in place under the presser foot. You only want to sew up until you reach the folded edge of the bottom side.
Lift the pressure foot and turn the fabric so you’re facing down the new side. You might need to adjust your fabric a bit.
Continue sewing your hem in place along this side and repeat your mitered corners as you come to them.
This might take a little practice but you’ll get the hang of it quickly – and you can always press the corners in place if you want to to make things a little easier. It makes for such a nice clean corner and it’s so fast! It looks pretty on the outside of the fabric too!
Now you can zip through the rest of your napkins – super easy!
I love how they look on my diy floral painted chargers. They really add a lot of color and style!
Do you use fabric napkins? If you do, have you ever made your own?
I can’t wait to make up some with pretty embroidery too!