DIY Stitched-Edge Linen Napkins
This is an easy diy that packs a big punch. I absolutely love these stitched-edge napkins and linens, which can be made in under 30 minutes. All you need are a few key tools (most of which you probably already have), fabric, and some fun colored thread. Make a set of 8 napkins for your dinner table using just 1 yard of fabric, or sew a couple larger sizes to use as dishtowels around the kitchen. You don't need to know any fancy sewing techniques - just how to sew in a straight-ish line, but no one is judging here.
Tools & Materials:
- 1 yard of linen or cotton fabric, pre-washed and pressed (see Tip)
- Colorful cotton thread on spool with matching bobbin thread, in any color you'd like
- Sewing machine (I use this one - it's an easy machine to learn on and it's not too pricey)
- Scissors or thread snips
- Rotary Cutter
- Cutting mat
- Quilter's ruler
Tip: 1 yard of fabric will make 8, 12"x12" napkins. Add more fabric yardage for larger napkins or if you would like to make more than 8. I dyed a natural color linen with Rit dye to get it the color pink shown in the pictures. Buy your linen or cotton fabric in an assortment of colors or patterns to mix and match your napkin set, or create your own palette using dyes and colorants.
- Using a cutting mat, ruler, and rotary cutter, cut out (8) 12.5" x 12.5" squares from the fabric.
- Thread your sewing machine using an all-purpose foot, making sure the top thread will match the bottom bobbin thread.
- Sewing one fabric square at a time, set a satin stitch on the machine (which is basically a very tight zigzag stitch) and sew along all 4 sides of the fabric squares, leaving a 1/4" of fabric around each edge. If you are attempting this stitch for the first time, take a scrap piece of fabric and practice a couple lines before sewing up your napkin squares. This practice round will also help you figure out if your stitch settings need adjustment on the sewing machine.
- Cut the napkin and thread from the machine and tie the two ends of thread together with a square knot. Trim ends.
- Trim along the outside of the stitching to remove the excess 1/4" of fabric (be careful not to cut any of the stitching). You can alternatively leave this extra fabric and create a fringe border.
- Repeat steps 3-5 for the remaining fabric squares.