How to Sew Cloth Napkins

Today I’m going to make double sided napkins with mitered corners. A mitered corner is when two sides forming a corner come together at a 45 degree angle. You can use this technique to create a polished look on many sewing projects, like tablecloths, blankets, quilts, and curtains.

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How to Sew a Fabric Napkin - Materials



Step 1: Measure & cut the fabric

First pre-wash and iron your fabric.

Now I’m going to cut a square from my front and back fabrics. I’m making these napkins 18” square. The front fabric will fold over the edges of the back, creating a 1” border with mitered corners. To account for the amount needed for this border I’m adding 3” to the finished dimensions, so I’m cutting a 21” square. Cut the back fabric half an inch smaller than the finished dimensions, so 17.5”.

Step 2: Iron creases

Take your front fabric and fold over the edges 1/2” and press. Then fold all edges over again 1” (or however wide you want your border to be) and iron.

Step 3: Mark and fold the corners

Open the second crease so just half an inch is folded over. Measure 2 times the width of your border from the corner down each side. Draw a line connecting the two marks.

Next fold the corner in half diagonally with the wrong side facing out. Make sure the two marks line up and pin it together.

Repeat these steps on the other corners.

Step 4: Sew the mitered corners

Sew down the marked line, back stitch at the beginning and end and sew all the way to the edges.

Cut off the excess fabric about ¼” from the seam. Turn it right side out and push out the point of the corner. Now the mitered corner is created. Repeat this on the other 3 corners.

Step 5: Add the backing fabric and top stitch the napkin

Next center the back fabric on the mitered corner side of the napkin with the right side up. Lift the edges and tuck the back fabric under the border. Pin the pieces together.

Finally, top stitch around the napkin, about 1/8” from the inner edge of the border. Back stitch just a couple of stitches at the beginning and end. Your double sided fabric napkin is now complete!

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