Making your own napkins can be economical, fun and easy. Choosing fabric that coordinates with your table brings added detail and style.
You do not need to know how to sew either! In this tutorial I have both a sew and no sew method. Both are easy!
Material, enough for the size and amount of napkins you want to make- it must be washable fabric
Heat and Bond Tape- for no sew napkins
Matching thread- for sew napkins
1. I wanted to make 8- 21 inch square napkins. I bought 3 yards of fabric with a 48 inch width.
2. Wash and dry your fabric.This is a very important step. If you skip this step you run the high risk of shrinkage and the shape of your napkin will be destorted.
3. Iron your fabric- You need it to be nice and flat to measure and work with. Fold material in half lengthwise matcing the length edges. The width edges will probably not meet. That is okay. Just fold the material in half where the lenths naturall meet and iron crease in fold.
4. Cut out napkins: Look at the short ends. Do not try to make the short edges meet- make the long edges meet naturally. The short ends will probably be uneven. Take a yardstick and lightly draw a straight line from top to bottom on both sides of the width edge, close to where the width material meets. Try your best to make it a very straight and even line from top to bottom. Cut with sissors.
Open fabric and cut on the length crease. Now you will have 2 lengths.
Cut out napkins: Before cutting out your napkin add 1 to your measurement. I wanted to make a 21 inch napkin so I cut out a 22 inch square. You can either make a template out of posterboard or measure the fabric and cut out napkins. I chose a small check fabric and had a natural line to cut along. If you are a beginner, a small checked pattern gives you natural cutting lines.