Today, we are going to make simple cloth napkins for our kitchen tables. I love cloth napkins. There is something elegant about using a cloth napkin at the table. Early in our marriage, I made us some that we used for a while. Then, when they wore out, I went back to paper for a while. Recently, I decided I missed having cloth on the table and decided to make some more. They are very simple to make and only require a few things.
Fabric - I used 4 different small print calicos I had on hand. If you need to get some fabric, 1 yard will make approximately 6 napkins. So base how much fabric you need on that calculation.
Optional - Cutting mat, Rotary cutter, Quilting ruler
Optional - Serger
First you want to make your pattern. Any type of paper will do (even wrapping paper) You will need a square 13 inches by 13 inches.
Make sure all your fabrics are pressed. This photo was taken pre-pressing. It is easier to work with unwrinkled fabric. Fold each fabric in half, long ways (or selvage to selvage).
Lay your pattern on top of fabric. This is where a quilting ruler comes in handy (but not necessary). You lay it on top of the fabric and pattern lining up the edge of it with the pattern. Then, using a rotary cutter, you just cut through the fabric on the edge. A cutting mat is an absolute must with a rotary cutter or you will damage your cutting surface. However, if you have no rotary cutter, no mat, and no ruler, scissors are a great option. You should be able to cut 2 napkins out. Then open it up, and you should be able to cut one more. Keep cutting until you have all the napkins you need. We have a large family so I made 3 dozen napkins. These last for about 4 days before we run low and I need to run a load of wash.
The next couple of steps are only useful to you if you have a serger. These can be made without one, so keep reading. At your serger, you have 2 options. You could set your serger for a rolled edge, serge a 1/4" all the way around and then you are done. I like my napkins to have a folded over edge to hide the stitches, so I like to use an overlock stitch. Again, I serge about a 1/4" off the edge.
For those with just a sewing machine, you can fold your edges over 1/4" and then 1/4" again to hide the raw edges. Then, proceed to sew with a straight stitch all the way around the napkin. Once your done all your napkins this way, you are done!
For those who used a serger first and did not use a rolled edge, take your napkins to your sewing machine and finish off the edges by folding over 1/4" and stitching with a straight stitch all the way around. Once you're done all your napkins, you are done!
I love all the colors and the tiny prints in these calicos!
Happy Sewing! Have a question, post in the comments below.