Acute How-To: Simple Sew Cloth Napkins

I love cloth napkins.  Not only are they a greener option than paper ones, I just prefer the way they feel.

Making cloth napkins is one of my favorite projects for beginner sewers.  Even though I learned to sew when I was 10 years old, I rarely advance beyond the “beginner stage” and prefer to tackle really simple sewing projects.

If you can sew a straight line, then you can do this project!

What you will need:

  • 1 piece of cotton fabric {at least 24”x24”}
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine

Step One:

Wash and dry the piece of fabric and cut it into four equal parts.  Napkins are typically 14”x14”, but anything between 12”x12” to 18”x18” is fine.

Step Two:

Use the iron and create a small hem around the edge of each fabric square.

Step Three:

Sew a straight line through the hems on each side of your fabric square.  After I had them completely sewn, I ironed them again in order to make them look nice and crisp.

That’s it – so simple!  If you feel ambitious, you can monogram each one with a stencil and fabric paint in order to make a lovely and personal hostess gift.

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