Yay! Its Day 9 of our Christmas freebies!!!! Today we have a treat for the hostest/host in your life. Cloth Napkins in 3 sizes….. cocktail (or this size works great for child-sized play napkins), lunch and dinner. I don’t entertain as much as I would like, but that doesn’t stop me from decorating my tables and buying up all the tablescape items I can find. As a sewist and fabric “collector”, I’m always drawn to table linens. Here’s a quick and easy tutorial to make your own cloth napkins! These are a great way to change up the look of your table for the holidays or changing seasons.
You can download your cloth napkin pattern here in our freebies section, and then come back here for the tutorial! If you don’t want to print the pattern pieces out, use the measurements below to cut your pieces out.
- Woven fabric- quilting cotton, kona, linen, etc. Pretty much any light-weight woven will work.
FABRIC REQUIREMENTS: For 44″ woven fabrics. Does not include shrinkage or fabric off-grain. Yardage is for a set of 4 napkins.
LET’S GET STARTED!
1/2″ seam allowances included.
Step 1: PREPPING
Go grab the pattern HERE! The pattern is 100% free, but you do need to add it to your cart and check out. Then, it will always be available to download from your account. The pattern is a no trim pattern; if you need help putting the pattern together, pop over to the faqs and troubleshooting page or ask in our Facebook group .
Print and assemble the pattern. Cut out the pattern pieces. If you do not want to print and cut pattern pieces out, cut squares using the following measurements:
Print layout shown here:
You will need to cut 1 napkin piece. Choose cocktail/child’s play, lunch, or dinner napkin size. If you selected lunch or dinner size, your napkin will be cut on the double fold!
Step 2: CONSTRUCTION
We will be creating a memory press around the entire napkin. Press one side 1/4″ towards the wrong side. Iron that same edge 1/4″ towards the wrong side again. Unfold memory press and repeat on other 3 sides.
Optional- trace the memory press lines on the wrong side to help you see them better. Draw a line diagonally across the corner at the most inside intersection of your memory press lines. See yellow dashed line as a guide.
Cut the very tip of the corner off to reduce bulk. Repeat on other 3 corners.
Your diagonal line across the corner is where you will fold. Press the rest of the corner towards the wrong side of fabric, along this fold line. Repeat on other 3 corners.
Fold the rest of the edges back in, following your original memory press. Place a pin to hold the corner. Repeat on other 3 corners.
Edge stitch around entire napkin. When you get to a corner, leave needle in the down position, lift presser foot, rotate fabric, and continue edge stitching.
I love the elegance of having cloth napkins. I’m glad this pattern is available and it’s free! I saw that you mentioned monogramming the napkins. Where would be the best placement for the monogram?
I would choose a corner for the monogram 🙂
AK COSGROVE says
I found your website via a search for how to make cloth napkins, and quickly got drawn in by your great designs. Thanks very much for your generous freebies. Can’t wait to get started sewing.