How To Sew Napkins With Mitered Corners

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I have been looking for ways to save money on items I use every day. I came up with a simple sewing project to do just that. I’m going to show you How To Sew Napkins With Mitered Corner! Recently, I was at a friend’s house and noted that they pretty much only used fabric napkins. My friend mentioned that once they got into the habit of using them, it had been really simple to get in the rhythm and throw them in the wash. These napkins are super simple to sew. This is a great sewing project for beginners. You can make these in about 15 minutes or less. I have tons of fabric napkins now and I use them when we have special guests. I am still getting in the habit of using fewer and fewer paper napkins, but I know it is worth the effort. I picked out some fabric to match some of my decors, but you can use whatever fabric you have on hand. When you make your own napkins, you can control what type of products to use too. If you are sensitive to fabric dyes, you might want to use all-natural cotton or muslin for your handmade napkins.

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As far as sewing supplies, you’ll need some matching thread, as well as some tools like pins or clips, scissors or a rotary cutter, a mat, ruler, an iron, and of course your sewing machine. Gather up what you need from the list below and let’s get started!

How To Sew Napkins With Mitered Corners

What You’ll Need:

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How To Sew Napkins With Mitered Corners

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Step 1: Cut Fabric

Start this how to sew napkins with mitered corners sewing tutorial by cutting out your fabric You’ll need to cut your fabric 21.5” x 21.5”. The finished product will be an 18.5” square. If you want one that is smaller or larger, then just add or take away 3” of your final desired napkin size. 

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Step 2: Mark Sides

Using your fabric pen and quilting ruler, mark a ½” and 1 ½” line on each of the four sides.

Step 3: Fold and Press 

Next on this mitered corner napkin sewing tutorial, start by turning your fabric over so the wrong side is facing up. Fold-down each of the four sides to the ½” mark. Start on two opposite sides and then finish with the last two opposite sides.

Now, fold down each of the four sides again, but this time to the 1 ½” mark you drew. Once again, start at opposite sides and then finish with the other two opposite sides.

Step 4: Create Mitered Corners

Using your fabric pen, create a 2” mark from each corner. Next, draw a diagonal line cutting the two marks at each corner. 

Now on this mitered napkin sewing tutorial, it’s time to sew! Fold one of the corners right sides together and then sew down the line you just created. You can go over this twice to secure. To do this, once you are done with the first line make sure the needle is down in the fabric, lift the foot, and then turn the fabric so that you can sew down the same line you just created. Repeat this at each of the four corners.

Snip the corners so that there is only about ¼” seam allowance. You may also want to snip just a bit off at the inner corner so that when you fold over there is no bulk to the fabric. Turn each of the corners right side out and use a slightly sharp-pointed object to press the corners out. A chopstick works well for this. 

Step 5: Topstitch

Once the corners are flipped right side out you can press and then pin or clip so that the edges don’t slip when sewing.  Sew a straight stitch starting at one of the folded corners. You will sew as close to the folded edge as possible.

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When you get to the next folded edge, stop the needle when it is just a stitch past the corner. Then, with the needle inside the fabric, lift the foot, and pivot the fabric 90-degrees before continuing the straight stitch down the next side. Continue this until you get around the entire square. 

And that’s it! Now you know how to sew napkins with mitered corners.

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How To Sew Napkins With Mitered Corners

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Active Time 25 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $2.00

Instructions

  1. Cut your fabric 21.5” x 21.5”. The finished product will be an 18.5” square. If you want one that is smaller or larger, then just add or take away 3” of your final desired napkin size.        
  2. Using your fabric pen and quilting ruler, mark a ½” and 1 ½” line on each of the four sides.
  3. Start by turning your fabric over so the wrong side is facing up. 
  4. Fold-down each of the four sides to the ½” mark. Start on two opposite sides and then finish with the last two opposite sides.
  5.  Next, fold down each of the four sides again, but this time to the 1 ½” mark you drew. Once again, start at opposite sides and then finish with the other two opposite sides. 
  6. Using your fabric pen, create a 2” mark from each corner. Next, draw a diagonal line cutting the two marks at each corner. 
  7.  Fold one of the corners right sides together and then sew down the line you just created. You can go over this twice to secure. To do this, once you are done with the first line make sure the needle is down in the fabric, lift the foot, and then turn the fabric so that you can sew down the same line you just created. Repeat this at each of the four corners.
  8. Snip the corners so that there is only about ¼” seam allowance.
  9. Turn each of the corners right side out and use a slightly sharp pointed object to press the corners out.  
  10. Once the corners are flipped right side out you can press and then pin or clip so that the edges don’t slip when sewing.   
  11. Sew a straight stitch starting at one of the folded corners. You will sew as close to the folded edge as possible. When you get to the next folded edge, stop the needle when it is just a stitch past the corner. 
  12. Then, with the needle inside the fabric, lift the foot, and pivot the fabric 90-degrees before continuing the straight stitch down the next side. Continue this until you get around the entire square.
  13. Enjoy!

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