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How To Make Cloth Napkins

A simple sewing tutorial that shows you how to make cloth napkins. Quick, easy, and perfect for any occasion. This tutorial will create an 18" napkin. You can adjust to make any size you'd like.
Prep Time5 mins
Active Time5 mins
Total Time10 mins
Yield: 1 18" napkin
Cost: varies

Equipment

  • sewing machine
  • pins
  • scissors
  • measuring tape

Materials

  • cotton fabric

Instructions

  • Cut out a 20" square of fabric for each napkin that you'd like to make.
  • Fold up each edge another 1/2" and press.
    edge of fabric being ironed
  • Fold up each corner.
    corner on fabric folded over for hem on cloth napkin
  • Fold up each edge another 1/2" and press. This will create a mitered corner.
    edge of fabric folded over for hem on cloth napkin
  • The corners should now look like this.
    finger holding corner on cloth napkin hem
  • Add a pin to keep the corners in place.
    fabric for cloth napkin pinned for a hem
  • Sew, close to the edge of the hem, on all 4 sides of the napkin.
    sewing machine showing how to sew cloth napkin edge

Video

Notes

Cotton, linen, and lightweight home decor fabrics work well for making your own napkins. Machine wash and press, as necessary.