DIY PROJECT: PRETTY CLOTH NAPKINS

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How beautiful is this fabric? I love it.

Over a recent weekend, I received an amazing opportunity to rummage through a huge fabric stash and sewing supplies that once belonged to Charlie’s grandmother (and great-grandmother, I think). My collection of thread, elastic, lace, and bias tape are well stocked now. The most difficult part was looking through all the fabrics because I wanted to keep almost all the fabric!

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Two squares (a little over 12X12 inches).

So much beautiful and vintage fabrics, but so little time and too many project ideas. Some of the thoughts that ran through my head, “I could make a vintage-looking quillow.” “I could start a quilt using random pieces of fabric.” “How many skirts do I need?” “How skirts do Tova and Shelby need?” “My sewing machine is going to busy!”

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Napkin sewn together (right sides together) and extra fabric cut.

But my willpower was strong, and I tucked away fabrics that caught my eye and made the wheels in my mind spin. However, I couldn’t keep my eyes off one piece of material. The quilt-like fabric was just too pretty and interesting to give up, but at the time, I had no idea what I could do with it. As much as I love the pattern, I couldn’t see myself wearing it as a skirt — a cute little tank top, maybe. Maybe. Maybe not.

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Pulling the fabric through the little gap. Almost done!

During the drive home, cloth or fabric napkins leaped into my mind. PERFECT! I know my sister and her family use cloth napkins, and I like the idea of using resusable napkins. The process was very easy and simple thanks to the square pattern on the fabric. I cut out 12X12-inch squares (about 12.5 inches to allow for the seams) and sewed two pieces together with the right sides facing each other.

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Sewing a cute little border to keep the napkin together.

I left about a 2-inch gap on one side and snipped off the extra material. After pulling the fabric through the gap and poking out the corners, I sewed the gap closed with a simple stitch and proceeded to sew a fancy border around the napkin. Piece of cake! I took the time to experiment with some of the fancy stitches, and the six napkins all have different stitches.

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Beautiful except I could probably iron them a little.

If the season finale of American Ninja Warrior didn’t distract me, I probably could have completed the project in a few hours. But when a bunch of shirtless guys run around on my TV I have a tendency to pay attention. A little over three hours to complete the project isn’t too bad. Anyway, I absolutely love the six cute cloth napkins that I can add to our towel drawer and cannot wait to use! Yay!

4 thoughts on “DIY PROJECT: PRETTY CLOTH NAPKINS

  1. That’s all it takes to make a cloth napkin? Sew two pieces of fabric together and sew a border around it? So easy I could probably do that if I wanted to or had a sewing machine. 🙂 Instead I’ll call you and ask if you will make some for me. Nice job, Shorts.

  2. I love the pattern of your new cloth napkins! I have a basic sewing machine and very much a beginner sewer but I think I can make some cloth napkins. You make it look really easy. I have some pretty fabric stashed away for something. Thanks!

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