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Monday, August 22, 2011

Cloth Napkin Tutorial

One of my favorite things is eating Sunday dinner at my parent's house. My mother has several sets of beautiful cloth napkins, but you can always use more right? So for my mother's birthday I decided to make her some pretty upcycled cloth napkins.

My sister had given me this beautiful paisley curtain that she wasn't going to use for anything. I clipped the rings off of it and started cutting. 

This is a pretty simple project, so find some pretty fabric and let's make some cloth napkins!

First figure out how big you want your napkins and cut the cloth with 1/2" seam allowance on each side. I wanted my finished napkins to be 17" so I cut them 18" X 18".

Using my quilting ruler I marked 1/2" away from the edge in disappearing ink. Fold over 1/4" and spray with spray starch- press into place.

Should look like this- do it for all sides. Then fold over 1/4" again and press into place. Sew around all seams with coordinating color. You now have beautiful cloth napkins!

This is also my entry for the Blogger's Dinner Party for August.

Bloggers' Dinner Party

Linking Up:
The Girl Creative      

Pink Hippo Party



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Paula said...

Aren't you smart to reuse a curtain for napkins??

I much prefer using a cloth napkin to a paper one. I even carry a cloth one in my lunch bag every now and then. My teacher friends laugh at me but I like using it!

Lindsay Conner said...

The first time I made cloth napkins, it turned out to be a fairly expensive project. Great idea to use a curtain! And thanks for linking up to the dinner party :)

Kellie said...

Awesome re-do! I love cloth napkins... make every day dinners special!

Mom said...

I love the napkins!! Since they are pink, I'll have to use them when Marley comes to tea. Thank you, Zoe

Megan @ The Crafty Conundrum said...

Pretty!! And a great idea for mother's day. I never know what to get my mother in law.

Mary-Sweetwater Style said...

Love the tutorial! Using spray starch to stabilize the first fold is genius! Why didn't I think of that? Thanks!

Amy Meyer said...

Love them! A fabulous way to customize for any occasion! Thanks for sharing!
C.C. Bugs

Toni said...

Great idea about the spray starch! I never think to use that stuff. It's funny that your napkins are from curtains. In college I bought some cloth napkins to use as cafe kind of curtains in one of my apartments, and now we are using them as napkins. A couple even have odd faded spots from being in the sun. Glad to have found your blog!

Erin of HomeSavvyAtoZ.com said...

Great tutorial and use for a curtain! Well done! Thank you so much for linking up at Savvy HomeMade Monday. We are partying again and I hope you will stop by! :)

missknitta said...

Lovely! I just came over from the Bloggers' Dinner Party -- thanks so much for the tutorial!

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