I went to a wedding last summer where the groom's mother made dozens of fabric napkins for the place settings, beautifully mismatched in as many different patterns. The bride was incredibly generous and sent me home with four dainty flowery ones, which I use for special occasions.
Making some more to go along with those original four has been on my project list for almost a year. I don't know why it has taken me so long because whipping up a few of these fabric napkins is about the easiest and fastest sewing project you could imagine. Making hundreds for a wedding would take a while for sure, but I made 10 in less than an hour, with a little extra time for trimming the edges in front of the television.
And now, not only are we being a bit more environmentally friendly, but I get to see these pretty fabrics on a regular basis instead of having them folded up in my studio. And I have enough that we don't have to save them for special dinners, and we shouldn't run out even if I'm behind on the laundry (and you know I am).
If you're all set for fabric napkins at your own house, these would make a great hostess or housewarming gift.
Easiest Fabric Napkins
Cotton fabric in a variety of patterns
Rotary cutter or scissors
1. Cut your fabric into a large square. I did this by folding from the edge into an even triangle and then cutting the two sides, which ensures that the square is...well, square. I used an existing napkin to get the size right.
2. Sew a simple straight stitch all the way around the edges of your fabric square with a 3/8 inch seam allowance.
3. Cut the edges with pinking shears to avoid fraying.
That's it! Now put one next to your plate and enjoy having something so pretty for wiping your hands!
p.s. Embellished hand towels are another great way to get pretty fabrics into your everyday life.
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