We use cloth napkins for meals, and I send them in the kids’ lunches. You can buy polyester napkins very cheaply, but it can be surprisingly hard to buy cotton napkins with reasonably attractive designs. I recently discovered that fat quarters make great generously sized cloth napkins. You save time cutting fabric (not that it is very hard to cut out napkins, but with four kids I appreciate all time savers), but it’s also a fun way to get a wide variety of cloth napkins that suit different children’s personalities, or make for engaging dinner conversations. I let my kids pick out the prints above at JoAnn’s, and we used our 40% off coupon to make them even more affordable. I also made some more boring adult napkins with cotton fabric I bought by the yard, but these are more interesting to look at.
Easy Cloth Napkins Sewing Tutorial
Clover Wonder Clips* are the secret to easy napkin hemming! I discovered these only recently, and they are my favorite sewing tool (apart from my sewing machine*). Since these clips hold the fabric securely in place and are easy to remove, you can painlessly create a nice rolled hem without having to touch your iron!
Pick one side of the napkin to begin. First, roll the raw edge under, then roll the fabric one more time to hide the raw edge completely. Pin (or clip – it really is much easier) in place and stitch.
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Once you have stitched one side, stitch one of the adjacent sides. I prefer to work my way around the napkin clockwise, but that may be a right-handed thing. If you are careful about folding under your raw edge at the corner, it will be completely hidden:
Repeat until all four sides are hemmed, and you are set! I hem them before washing, and so long as I pull them straight out of the dryer they only have small wrinkles like in the top photo. That’s good enough for my very non-perfectionist self, but you are welcome to iron yours until they are perfect!
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