Easy tutorial: learn how to sew DIY fabric napkins from just one yard of inexpensive fabric. A simple sewing project for the home.
I’m going to let you in on a little secret: I am an average-at-best sewer. Yes, The Crazy Craft Lady does not have mad sewing skills. If you want a fancy quilt or homemade apron, call my sister. I can sew in a straight line. That is all.
Don’t get me wrong. You can do a whole lot with a straight line. Trust me. I have pushed my straight-line-sewing skills to the edge in support of my DIY addiction.
My latest example: DIY Fabric Napkins.
There are no fancy corners or folded edges to navigate here. Just one yard of fabric and four straight lines.
Supplies to make these DIY Fabric Napkins
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- 1 yard unbleached muslin fabric
- cutting mat and rotary cutter (or scissors and a good eye)
- navy thread
- sewing machine – this is my machine. It’s very user-friendly and great for a beginner.
Tutorial – DIY Fabric Napkins
First – cut your yard of fabric into four 18-inch squares. I used unbleached muslin. It’s super inexpensive and looks great with my table settings.
Second – sew a straight line around all four edges, leaving about 1/4 to 1/2-inch seam allowance, depending on how frayed you want your edges to be when this is all done.
Third – wash and dry the napkins. Trim away excess threads and fray the edges as much as you like.
Fourth – Fold the napkins flat and get ready to entertain! I uses these napkins on my Thanksgiving Tablescape this year.
That’s it! With one yard of fabric and about thirty minutes of work, you can make these easy DIY fabric napkins. See what loveliness you can make with just the ability to sew in a straight line?
Loree Wallace says
Looks great! Did you use real or plastic greenery on top of the napkins? I like the added texture!
Hey Loree – it’s real. I bought an inexpensive mixed greenery bouquet from the grocery store and just set a sprig on top of the napkin.
SARA SZYMCZAK says
Hi! These are so lovely! Do you have instructions on how you did the fold with the silverware in it? Thanks!!