Molly’s Handmade Napkins
I always celebrate Thanksgiving by throwing a big party with my friends. This year I made my own napkins with one of our spectrum bundles and some yellow polka dot fabric. I think I'll set the table with yellow roses... -- Molly
To make 12 napkins:
- Spectrum Bundle - Check out our custom solid fabric spectrum bundles or pick 1/2 yards ofsolid fabrics of your choice
- Binding Fabric - 2 yards Polka-Dot Fabric for 12 napkins (you can do it with less fabric, but with this much length you won't have to piece your binding strips)
- Bias Tape Maker - This handy little tool makes folding strips a cinch! I used Clover's 1" Bias Tape Maker (aka 25mm)
- Pins - Clover's extra-fine glass head patchwork pins are my favorite. The more pins you have the quicker you'll be done!
- Rotary Cutter - Olfa's 45 mm deluxe rotary cutter is my first choice for safety and quality.
- Self Healing Cutting Mat - Omnigrid's 24" x 36" mat is the most useful size for long lengths of fabric
- Cutting Ruler - Creative Grid's 6.5" x 24.5" ruler is the one I get the most use out of
- Sewing Machine - The binding is attached with a sewing machine.
- Thread - One spool of cotton thread to match the binding fabric
Pre Wash Fabrics - First things first, please pre wash and dry all fabrics! If you need extra encouragement, look what happened when I didn't pre wash my fabrics for my last project here.
Press - Press all fabrics flat
Cut Napkin Fabrics - Cut 16" squares out of each napkin fabric. If you are using fat quarters (18" x 22") you will get one napkin from each piece. If you are using 1/2 yards (18" x 44") you can get two napkins from each piece.
Cut Binding Strips - You don't need to cut your strips on the bias. In order to make long strips (so you don't have to piece them together for each napkin) make your cuts parallel to the selvages rather than perpendicular to the selvages as you normally would. For the 1" bias tape maker, cut your strips to 1 3/4" wide.
If you've never seen a bias tape maker before, here is what it looks like and how you use it.
Slip the binding strip into the large end of the tape maker wrong side up. Use a straight pin to pull the fabric through to the small end. Pin end to your ironing board. Pull tape maker along the strip, pressing it flat as it comes out of the small end.
Once you've pressed the entire strip, fold it one more time along its length and press the crease into place.
Pin Binding Into Place
Begin pinning the binding into place, leaving the first few inches free so that you'll be able to finish the ends nicely.
Pin to the corner and fold binding downwards to form the corner.
Fold binding around the corner and pin into place.
Repeat at 3 remaining corners. Leave the end of the strip loose so that you'll be able to finish your binding neatly.
Once you've pinned the binding into place, sew the binding to the napkin, about 1/8" from the its left edge.
Begin at your first pin with a few backstitches, sew to the corner. When you come to the corner, leave your needle in the down position, lift the presser foot and rotate napkin 90 degrees. Lower presser foot and sew to next corner. Repeat for all corners, end at your last pin with a few backstitches.
Finish Binding Ends
Fold ends down with right sides together to determine where you'll need to sew them together.
Mark your seam on the wrong side and pin into place.
Sew along the line. Trim loose ends to 1/4", and press open. If necessary, trim corners of seam allowance so they don't poke out on the front. Pin binding into place.
Sew remaining opening, beginning and ending with a few backstitches.
Once you're through, trim any loose threads. All done! --Molly