How to sew a Cloth Napkin
How to sew a Cloth Napkin – Simple mitered corner tutorial. There are many different ways to sew corners and this is a beautifully simple way to sew a mitered corner. which leaves a smooth and neatly pointed corner. I like to use this method for napkins, some apron corners, placemats and so much more.
Cloth napkins can be thrown into the wash and reused which makes them eco-friendly. When you have a picnic or cook out you do not have to worry about excess garbage or litter from paper napkins. The kids do not use as many cloth napkins as they would paper napkins or paper towels. You can also use the napkins to clean up messes or the kids sticky hands and faces.
4 fat quarters: You can also use bandanas or cut 18″ x 22″ rectangles
*the number of rectangles depends on the number of napkins needed.
Basic sewing supplies: pins, thread, sewing machine
Fold you hem over 1″ and iron. Know your fabric before ironing. I used cotton fat quarters and heavy steam on my iron to get crisp fold lines. Follow your fabric care instructions and iron instructions to not damage the fabric. Some fabrics warp or discolor if you use a hot iron or steam.
Fold the one inch hem in half and iron again. This will give you a clean 1/2″ hem
Unfold the corner and fold the lining in to line up with the 1″ fold mark. this makes a triangle in the corner. Iron if necessary. *Be careful with the hot iron. The corners are small and the iron is likely to burn you if you use your fingers to hold the corner in place. I use a chop stick to hold my corners in place to save my fingers.
Fold up along the half-inch fold line. Iron if needed.
Refold along the 1″ fold and Iron the corner flat. This makes the beautifully angled corners and contains all the folds.
Pin the hems and corners if needed. Once you get good at ironing and sewing the hems and corners you may not need to pin any more.
Sew a straight, decorative, or zigzag stitch to secure the hem.
Sew the corners carefully. Make sure to catch the fold of the corner before pivoting. If using a straight stitch back-stitch the corners. If using a decorative or zig-zag stitch tack the corners.
When Pivoting make sure that the corners match up neatly and evenly. You want the seams as even as possible.
Once you sew all the way around the rectangle of fabric tie off the thread and you are ready to set the table.
You now have a beautiful corner.
I like a simple fold for outdoor parties. You can make matching Cloth napkin rings by following this tutorial.
I like being able to have napkins for each season. Do you have any decorations or items that you change out seasonally?
Watch the YouTube video below for a sew along Tutorial.
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