08 Wednesday May 2013
If you have a yard of fabric, you have time to make these quick and easy cloth napkins with mitered corners!
The napkins here are a finished size of 15″, and you need an inch of seam allowance, so we cut 17″ squares. But, you can make them any size you want! Just do the math! Yeah, sorry about math.
Also, please pre-wash and dry your fabric so Mom doesn’t have to line dry them every time.
1.) Cut your pre-washed fabric into 4 17″ squares.
2.) Here is the mitered corner trick! Fold over the corner so the middle of the triangle measures 1.5″ as shown.
3.) Now, fold the point of the triangle back down until it is touching the fold. Now place a pin right down the middle to hold it into place. Do this on all 4 corners!
4.) Fold long one edge of your napkin down to touch the folded edge of your little corner. Press it all the way across.
5.) Then, fold it down again, matching the folded edge with your pin right down the middle! Pin into place and press.
6.) When you repeat this with the other side, the folded edges should match the miter perfectly! Pin and press.
7.) Topstitch near the edges all the way around. I like to topstitch on the front side (the bobbin thread looks different from the top thread on most machines), so I just made sure that my needle was inside the 1/2″ fold on the backside so I caught it.
Notice in the picture above I used a double needle! Ever wondered what that little extra spindle is that comes with the extra feet and such? Stick it in the hole at the top of your machine, put thread on it, thread BOTH spools together like normal, then separate each into its own needle, and WHAMMO! Double needle!
Take mom out for dinner and wipe the butter from the crab off her chin with her brand new napkins! That’s what I’m gonna do, anyway.