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I wanted an easy, green gift for my mother’s day that would be used as much as it was loved and these cloth napkins seemed like the perfect solution. I made six napkins for my mother and six for my mother-in-law using similar patterned fabrics so that I could use the same solid fabric to coordinate with both.

I used:

  • 2 fat quarters of patterned fabric (I chose darker fabrics because stains happen and they’ll be less noticeable)
  • 1 yard of Navy Kona Cotton
  • 1 full spool of navy cotton thread

Tools:

  • Pins
  • Rotary Cutter
  • Cutting Mat
  • Sewing Machine (although it’s a small project and could easily be done by hand)
  • Ruler

Step 1:

        I made two different sizes of napkins to see which I preferred. The larger napkins are 14 by 14 inches and the smaller are 12 by 12 inches. 

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         I cut three napkins from each of the patterned fabrics and six napkins from the solid. (Each napkin set will ultimately have six napkins, three patterned and three solid)

 

Step 2:

          Sew a line 1/4 inch from the edge of your fabric all the way around the fabric. I prefer continuous lines so you don’t have a lot of thread tails to deal with.

Napkins for Mother's Day

 
Step 3:

          On the solid napkins I wanted to add an accent of the patterned to pull the two together. Using the remnants I cut strips 2 inches wide by 14 inches (or 12 inches) long. 

           I folded the raw edges under 1/4 inch on both sides and the sewed the strips a couple inches up from the bottom of the napkin. I used my 1/4 inch foot as a guide to ensure I got a nice straight line when I said the patterned strip to the solid fabric.

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Step 4:

Now you want to iron the raw edge over using the thread as a guide (make the sure the thread is ironed over so it doesn’t show.

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Then fold it over again and iron it down so the raw edge is completely turned under.

Step 5:

I went ahead and pinned it down all the way around although with ironing it you might be able to get away with skipping this step.

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When you pin or iron make sure you create crisp corners when folding over the fabric so that you can sew all the way around the napkin at once.

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Step 6:

Using your presser foot as a guide sew 1/4 inch from the edge of your napkin.

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When you start and when you go around the corners your sewing machine may struggle a bit with all those layers. I pushed a bit harder on my foot but made sure that I was guiding the fabric through slowly.

In no time at all your napkin will look like this

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Step 7:

I don’t have one of those fancy machines that knots and cuts the thread for you so I had to do that by hand. By going all the way around your napkins whenever you are stitching you end up with a lot less threads to deal with!

The napkins at the top are for my mother-in law and the ones below are for my mom. Now all I need to do is get these in the mail so I don’t forget!

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Do you have any beginner sewing projects that would make good gifts? I’ve got a year of holidays left to plan for and could certainly use the ideas :)

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