Square fabric napkins are super simple, especially when you follow our easy directions for how to make a perfect double-turn, narrow hem with clean corners. This holiday, pass on the paper, and make your own beautiful cloth napkins.
Designed to match our Thanksgiving Tablecloth with Arts & Crafts Style Panels, these napkins are a great accent for the overall tabletop. All eight of ours match, but it's also fun to mix things up, giving pairs of folks or even each individual his/his own custom fabric. This is a "green idea" as well, because then everyone can keep track of their own napkins throughout the evening rather than getting a new napkin each time.
Fabric and Other Supplies
- Fabric for eight napkins: 2½ yards of 45" wide fabric: we used Joel Dewberry's Deer Valley in Mountain Gem Celedon
NOTE: If you need fewer napkins or want to mix and match your fabrics, ¾ yard of 45" wide fabric will make two 20" x 20" finished napkins.
- All purpose thread
- Contrasting all purpose thread for top stitching
- See-through ruler
- Fabric pencil
- Iron and ironing board
- Scissors or rotary cutter and mat
- Straight pins
- Cut eight 21" x 21" squares. After hemming, your finished napkins will be 20" x 20" each.
- This is a perfect time to use a rotary cutter (see:
- Since the pattern we chose is so large, it's especially important to make your first cut square to the print.
- For more about 'squaring up fabric' for exact cutting, read our tutorial: Quilting Basics Part 1: Tools, Cutting & Piecing.
At Your Sewing Machine & Ironing Board
- Create a ¼" doubleturn hem on all four sides, with clean finished corners. If you're new to this technique, check out our great tutorial: Quick Tip: 1/4" Double-Turn Clean Finished Corner
- In making these corners and the hem, your finishing step will be to top stitch all the way around in contrasting thread.
Project Design: Alicia Thommas
Sample Creation: Kathy Andrews, What Sew Ever