Although store bought napkins are inexpensive and readily available, sewing your own is often the only way to get exactly the color you're looking for - AND it's super easy to do!
What you'll need to make 4 napkins:
- 1.5 yards of linen or cotton fabric (see next step for fabric breakdown)
- matching thread (or a fun contrast color - it's up to you!)
- fabric rotary cutter
- 2 long rulers (at least 20") - helpful if at least one is a thin metal one
- iron & ironing board
- fabric scissors
- large cutting surface (gridded cutting mat covered table is best!)
- basic sewing machine
Step 1: Prepping Your Fabric: Part 1
Most fabric stores have a wide selection of cottons and linens to choose from (both are great for this purpose). I decided to go for linen because I found just the color I was looking for in the linen section. It is also a super classic napkin material. (= classy!)
Note: It's best to use 100% cotton or linen as they will be most absorbent, but a blend with at least 80% natural fiber will work too and will require less ironing.
Before doing anything else, wash and dry your chosen fabric on the settings you would normally use for linens.
Your fabric will come out in a wrinkly little bunch. Put your iron to the appropriate setting for your chosen fabric and iron your piece, being careful to keep it square and not to pull it (and heat set it) on the bias.
(I prepped some chambray fabric for another project along with my linen, so that is what the bottom two pieces are in the last photo of this step.)