Re-usable fabric napkins with mitred corners
Fabric napkins look so fancy on the dining table and it’s lovely to have some special table wear for Christmas…or any festive holiday.
In this tutorial, I’m going to show you a technique for making mitred corners which gives a fantastic finish and looks really professional.
This works on any woven fabric and would be great if you have some linen off cuts or an old table cloth you can cut up! We love a bit of upcycling!
You can make these any size but I made my squares 16″ x 16″.
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Decide how many napkins you want and cut that number of squares each measuring 16″ x 16″
Press a 1″ hem all round your napkin square. Use a ruler to make sure you get a precise 1″ hem and folding the fabric in wrong sides facing.
You can play with the proportions of your hem if you want and make it bigger or smaller, but I think a 1″ hem looks neat and modern.
Take your fabric pen and make a mark at the point that your folded hem corners meet on the wrong side of the fabric and do this on every corner
Press a 1/4″ hem around all four edges with your iron.
Now we need to make a 2″ mark in from each outer corner of the fabric and draw a line matching them up, the dot you made should sit just above this line.
The reason we make a 2″ mark is that this is double the measurement of the hem we pressed in step one. If you make your hem larger than 1″ you will need to adjust this measurement accordingly doubling it.
Fold your corner with the right sides together and match up the marks you just made. Your fabric will make a point.
Flip back the 1/4″ crease and then stitch on the line you drew following it to the edge of the fabric. Do the same for each corner.
Cut the excess off at about 1/4″
Flatten out the seam with your fingers, this will give us a nice flat corner.
Flip the corner to the right side. Poke the corners out carefully, you can use something pointy to help. Do this on all four corners and give it a press. It’s exciting to see the neat corners at this point!
Edgestich all around the napkin hem approx 1/4″ away from the fold with a longer stitch length ( I set mine at 3 on my Janome) and a matching or contrasting thread depending on what you fancy!
Keep your needle down in the fabric when you go around the corners and turn the fabric keeping your line as straight as possible.