Sew Easy Summer Napkins
These easy to make napkins are ideal for a summer luncheon, picnic, or handmade hostess gift. Stitch a set of four napkins in an hour or less with Nancy Zieman’s sew-easy mitered corner technique. Showcase your favorite fabrics by mixing or matching fabric groupings, or make them from one fabric.
The mitered-corner technique can be found in the book Sew Simple with Rectangles & Squares (Nancy shows this easy technique on a jewelry caddy), along with many other simple sewing projects. Watch online: Sew Simple with Rectangles & Squares (Part Three).
Supplies for a set of four napkins
- 1-1/4 yards of fabric
- Matching thread
- 5-in-1 Sliding Gauge
Cut four 21″ squares of fabric, using a rotary cutter, ruler, and mat.
Create color-coordinated cocktail size napkins by using quilter’s fat quarters and cutting the napkins 18″ square, instead of 21″.
- Press under 1/2″ of the top and lower edges of each napkin.
- Press under another 1/2″ along the top and lower edges of each napkin.
- Edgestitch along folds.
- Repeat pressing steps on sides of napkin squares pressing under 1/2″; then a second 1/2″.
- Unfold the pressed areas at one corner.
- Fold the corner at a right angle, aligning the point with the last pressed fold.
- Refold along the first pressed fold; press the corner.
- Refold along the second pressed fold; press the corner.
- Repeat at each corner.
- Pin if needed.
- Edgestitch along the folds, locking stitches (back stitching) at each folded miter.
- Clip threads close to the stitching.
Watch Sew Simple with Rectangles & Squares (Part Three) on The Best of Sewing With Nancy online.Sewing!
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