Handmade Cloth Napkins Tutorial


Step One: Cut a 14 x 14 inch square piece of fabric for each napkin that you want to make.

Step Two: This step is optional, but I highly recommend it since I think it makes everything go a bit quicker. Sew a line a little less than 1/4 an inch from the edges. (This helps you know where to iron, rather than having to mess with measuring it while you are ironing.)

Step 3: Iron the edge of one side over 1/4 an inch using the line you just sewed. (Make sure that the line you made in step 2 is tucked towards the wrong side of the fabric so that the thread doesn’t show when you finish the napkin – see photo if that doesn’t make sense:)

Step 4: Now tuck under the edge another 1/4 inch and iron so that the raw edge is now hidden.

Step 5: Sew along this edge, backstitching at the start and finish.

Step 6: Now repeat these same steps on the opposite side of the napkin. At this point you will have 2 finished edges & 2 raw edges.

Step 7: With the remaining 2 raw edges follow steps 3, 4, 5, & 6 again.

Now all the edges of the napkin should be finished off. Go ahead and make a few more to complete your new set of napkins! 🙂

 these look lovely when you are finished and are so much nicer than ordinary paper napkins (plus so much better for the environment!).