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How to DIY Your Own Cloth Napkins

With this easy DIY tutorial, making your own cloth napkins is easier than you think!

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When I was growing up, I remember how my grandmother used to set the table. Whether it was breakfast or dinner, she always used a tablecloth and set a full set of dishes. There was no skimping. Every meal was made special.

Fast forward many years and I am setting the table for my family. It is really important to me that we sit together and connect. To make meals a little more special, we sometimes use cloth napkins.

Cloth napkins are a little touch that adds a bit of elegance, comfort, and durability to the table, without a great expense. In fact, along with being environmentally friendly, cloth napkins will save money over time. Best of all, they are very easy to make!  If you can sew a straight line, you can make a napkin.

I made my cloth napkins from a blue and white striped sheet I had picked up at Goodwill for just $2.  Of course, you can use linen, calicos, or fat quarters.  I love the neutral, farmhouse look of this striped fabric.

Supplies:

If you would like to make your own 15 inch square cloth napkins, you will need:

  • 16 inch squares (one for each napkin)
  • tape measure
  • fabric scissors
  • sewing machine
  • thread

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Directions

  1. Measure and cut pre-washed fabric to create 16 inch squares.
  2. On each side, fold fabric 1/4 inch and press with iron.
  3. Make a 45 degree cut on each corner.
  4. Then fold fabric another 1/4 inch and press with iron. You may need to secure the corner with a pin.
  5. Sew a straight line along the hem of the napkin.

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These cloth napkins are fun and easy to make.  In less than an hour, you can have a new set of napkins. With a variety of fabrics, you can make napkins to personalize your table and celebrate holidays throughout the year.  Bundled with a pretty ribbon, these cloth napkins would also make a great gift.

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Will you try making your own cloth napkins?  Please let me know if you do!

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21 Comments

  1. Love using cloth napkins but never thought to make my own. Can’t wait to try this. Pinning for later.

    1. Thanks so much, Sonya! They’re such an easy project. I plan on making some more with my daughter. Enjoy your weekend!

  2. Lynne- this is a great post. I love to sew, but it’s never occurred to me to sew cloth napkins! Especially using a sheet from Goodwill. These napkins turned out beautifully – and your table looks perfect — so pretty! Great idea to consider using fat quarters. Thank you for the inspiration – Pinning!!

    1. Thank you so much, Kristine! Your kind comments always make me smile. Please let me know if you make napkins. I would love to see them. Have a great weekend!

  3. They turned out great. I think I could pull this one off with my very amateur sewing skills

    1. Thanks so much, Denise! You can definitely make these. Please let me know if you do. I would love to see them!

  4. The napkins came out beautifully!! Such a great diy!

  5. Very pretty! Your DIY cloth napkins are very cute! I’ve been meaning to use cloth napkins more frequently to be more environmentally friendly.

  6. I have always wanted to make some of these, thanks for the tutorial.

  7. Great idea to make your own napkins! So pretty!
    Thanks for sharing

    >> Christene
    Keys to Inspiration

  8. Lynne thank you so much for the tutorial on your lovely napkins And I want to thank you so much for linking up to our Celebrate Your Story link party. We hope we are providing a celebration of your post and perhaps yours will be chosen as a feature by one of the hosts.
    Have a great and Blessed Day!
    Kari @ Me and My Captain

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