I’ve been wanting to give cloth napkins a try for a while. So I finally sat down to sew napkins, and cut out a whole mess of them. Then they needed something to keep them organized on the table, so I sewed a storage box for them too – and wrote an extra tutorial you can find at that link.
Since I was mostly going to use these for the boys, I didn’t cut them out to the standard 22″ x 22″ dinner napkin size – I think that would be so big that the boys would actually make a mess instead of using them to clean messes. So I made mine about 12″ x 12″ squares.
Napkins are super easy sewing, though repetitive. Here’s how you make mitered corners:
- Press the edges 1/4″ to the wrong side twice
- Unfold the edges and cut at a 45 degree angle, using the fold lines to help you determine where to cut. I diagrammed this step so you could see more easily where you should cut.
- Fold the 45 degree edge 1/4″ to the wrong side. Then fold the straight edges in 1/4″ to the wrong side.
- Fold the straight edges in 1/4″ again – this will leave you with a nice mitered corner.
But even though I love a good mitered corner, they take a while. And I still had a pile of napkins to go. So, I grabbed the rest of my napkins, with their 45 degree cut corners, and sat down at my Babylock Imagine and started doing rolled hems. One of the things I love about the Imagine is how easy it is to switch to rolled hems. With my old machine I literally had to remove the stitch finger, then the left needle, and then spend a while fiddling with the tension. With Imagine I just remove the left needle, then turn three knobs and I’m ready to go – with perfect tension.
If I could marry a sewing machine…lol!
Anyway, since I had already cut the corners at 45 degrees, it made it super easy to just sew right around the corners and make a rounded edge – which made hemming these much faster.
And before I knew it, I had a whole mess of napkins to put in my storage box.