Adding fabric napkins is a great way to decorate and enhance your table. I love cloth napkins and my go-to fabric is cotton. It is hard-wearing, absorbent and good value for your money; the perfect combination for an effective napkin. Whatever your entertaining style, it doesn’t have to be a costly affair. These napkins are quick, easy and good-looking. And at 63 cents a piece, I think they are a great bargain too.
To avoid shrunken napkins, pre-wash your fabrics before starting projects; cotton shrinks and wrinkles.
Materials and Tools
Muslin or absorbent fabric to accommodate desired napkin size (Mine are 20" wide squares. My fabric shrunk to 60" wide after I washed it.)
Dressmaker’s chalk or a washable marker
Sewing machine, pins or fabric adhesive, thread, fabric scraps or trims for embellishment; if using. Feel free to skip the embellishment. I added hearts because they were for Valentine's Day.
Step 1: Cut Fabric in Desired Size
Napkins come in standard sizes and are usually squares. Don’t allow dimensions or shape to limit you. Experiment and feel free to re-purpose fabrics you have on hand. Make rectangular ones if you need to. Pretty as they come, napkins have a practical purpose and absorbency is more important than shape.
Step 2: Fold Fabric in Half
Line up all edges to ensure fold is even.
Step 3: Fold Into Quarters
As in step 2, make certain edges are even.
Step 4: Measure Desired Fringe Length
Use a ruler to measure and draw lines in from the edges. If you don't have a washable marker on hand, draw light lines with a pencil. They won't be visible after washing the napkins.
Step 5: Notch Out Corners
Notch out the corners of the fabric as in the image above.
Step 6: Snip Edges With Scissors
Use your scissors to make cuts quarter inch cuts through all 4 layers to marked lines. If you mistakenly cut through the lines, don't worry, putting your napkins in the wash will diminish a multitude of errors.
Step 7: Fringed Edges Before and After Washing
What a difference? After washing, your napkins' edges will be in full bloom.