Dinner napkins! I love cloth napkins, period. I rarely use paper towels, ever. And I've already confessed I also do laundry embarrassingly little. So many cloth napkins are necessary. They are simple to make and this way you can have the pattern you want, size you want and make as many as you want. I also think it's a great little project for a gift. Full tutorial after the jump.
- Cotton fabric, amount depends on quantity you want to make. You'll need an extra 3" for each napkin you want to make (ie, if you want a 20"x20" napkin, you should cut a 23"x23" piece of fabric).
- Sewing machine, scissors, iron, thread....
- Cocktail: 8"x6.5"
- Luncheon: 10"x10" to 13"x13"
- Dinner: 20"x20" to 23"x23"
WITH YOUR SQUARES OF FABRIC -
First, fold in 1/2" around each side and press. Next, fold in 1" and press (a total of 1.5").
Unfold the last 1" fold you made. Bring in the corners of the fabric so that your creases align. Your 1" fold crease on the wrong side of the fabric should align with the same fold crease on the right side of the fabric. Press.
I love this mitered edge detail and it would be great on table runners and table cloths as well.
What I wouldn't give to have a bolt of checked linen fabric arrive at my door, even at the bottom of my building, I'd happily lug it up the five flights and sew napkins till I passed out. That's just the kind of exciting girl I am.