This is a Guest Post by the super amazing One Hundred Dollars a Month reader Mel. We LOVE you Mel! Thank you for all your wonderful posts.
If you’re the kind of person who has trouble resisting cute seasonal quilting cottons, boy do I have the sewing project for you. I think this idea actually started with a comment from someone else on this blog (maybe Lolly?), but I was still on the fence about making my own napkins after years of trying to keep our white cloth napkins clean, so I hadn’t actually pursued it.
But our white cloth napkins completely wore out this spring right when paper products were selling out in stores, so I had to figure out something. I wanted whatever I made to be easier to clean and durable, so I decided to go with dark colors instead of white, and I decided to make them for every season and holiday to minimize the wear and tear on any one set.
That way, we’d automatically rotate through them, and if anything happened to one set, I’d have a year to crank out a replacement. I was also a little burned out on sewing from making so many face masks, so I decided to make smaller napkins that were square and just large enough to fold in half.
The smaller size was fast to sew, and they also take up far less room in the laundry. I love how they turned out, and they’ve been super functional, so I wanted to share how I made them.
- Cardstock, ruler, pencil, and scissors (to make a pattern)
- Rotary cutter and cutting mat
- Sewing machine
- Sewing clips or pins
- Quilting cotton in dark seasonal or holiday prints (I did 1-2 yards of each)
Note: If you want to spread out the time and the cost for making these, I recommend making sets as you need them throughout the year. That way you can shop sales for cute seasonal fabric and also make a dozen or two at a time.
1. Wash, dry, and iron your fabric.
5. Sew around the edge with a ¼ inch seam allowance, removing the pins or clips as you go and leaving an opening 2-3” long on one side. You can see the opening along the bottom edge of the napkin in the above photo.
8. Press the napkins with the iron (making sure the edges and corners stay turned out) and then topstitch all the way around to close the opening and give the napkins a finished look. Stitching around the edges also helps the napkins keep their shape when washing.
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