These summery napkins have been a long time in the thinking but I had never got round to sewing them up. If you haven’t thought about using cloth napkins you should definitely consider it…Erin from Reading My Tea Leaves puts up a good case for it!
I have some linen ones I made a couple of Christmases ago and we use them a lot but when I saw a floral duvet set in the local charity shop I knew it would be perfect to recycle as a set of summery cloth napkins. I made a simple folded corner for the linen set but I wanted to try a mitred corner for these which gives a really neat and professional finish.
Once you have your fabric chosen you’re ready to go…
I made a set of 12 but you can make as few or as many as you need. I’ll probably combine them with my grey linen ones when we have people round too so I don’t think we’ll ever be short! I liked how the two sides of the duvet were different so there is a mix of pattern in the napkins I ended up with…I love the eclectic combination and relaxed feel.
// Cut the fabric into squares of 17 inches.
// Iron one edge over and over again…press firmly. Turn the fabric in a clockwise direction and repeat on each edge until you’ve come back to the beginning.
// Open up the folds and you should see clear creases as in the photo above.
// Cut along the line shown.
// This is how your corner should now look.
// Fold over once and press.
// Fold edges along original crease marks so that your corner looks like the images above.
// Now sew right around the square and tie off ends.
// One done, only another 11 to do!!!!