Saturday, September 24, 2016

How to make simple cloth napkins - 3 edge options included

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.

Supplies needed:

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.
Matching Thread
Optional - Cutting mat, Rotary cutter, Quilting ruler
Sewing Machine 
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.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Changing things up

As you can see by the post title, things are going to be changing a bit around here.   I enjoy blogging and writing.  I have written off and on for years now, but for many reasons, I am going to change things up a bit.  What you see on here is blog 2 that I have begun.  My first one, I ran for about 6 months several years ago when my kids were tiny.  I gave up, due to no time, and deleted it.  I set the whole writing thing aside for several years and focused on my little ones instead.  Well, my littles are big now, and I felt like I had the time again to devote to writing.  So, I restarted blogging (ta da, you are here) and wrote a book.  And, I am loving it.  However, I am not really scheduled about the whole thing.  I thought I could write as I see fit and be able to keep a good flow, but that hasn't been the case.  I write whenever and always seem to feel disjointed, so I have given it some thought and decided Saturdays would be my writing day.  If we should happen to have something going on all day that day or my kids are sick and need me, I will post later but other than that, you will hear from me regularly once a week. I will still have recipes, simple crafts, and updates about school or homelife.  Saturdays are the best day for me with no school, and Sunday is my day to totally disconnnect from the 'net and enjoy my family.  So, Saturday it is.  So, be watching for that change starting this week.  (yes, that means you will get 2 posts this week).

If you want to see me and mine more regularly, though, feel free to follow along with us on my instagram!  I post pics a few times a week and you can keep up better there.  See the link on the side bar.  I also started an instagram page for my book.  I am having fun posting pics from the book and will be adding random tips and other things I or my kids are working on lego wise.  It will be fun.  Find that page at worldoftinyfashion.

Well, thats a wrap for today.  See you on Saturday!  Have a great week.