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Sewing Cloth Napkins

Today we got together with another family to work on some homemaking skills. We got started with some cloth napkins. I love cloth napkins!!! They really add a touch of class to any table and they save money.

This is my sweet friend Robin working on her napkins. My other friend Trish gave me a serger several months ago and I have just now pulled it out to work with it. LET ME TELL YA…


Even though we had 2 other sewing machines there, all anyone wanted to use was the serger…go figure! So we had to take turns.

Then we ran out of thread, and sent the girls to the store…did you know running for thread requires a stop for a slushy at Sonic?

Emma getting lots of lovin’.

This was a good start. Next we time we’ll make seasonal napkins.

We made some smaller ones for the smaller faces and hands.


Making cloth napkins are a great project for beginning sewers. Use 100% cotton fabric; fold  and press a small hem down and sew. If you have a serger just cut your fabric and go for it! :o)


I cut my napkins to be about 14-15" square.



 Napkin Folding


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  • Stephenie says:

    About what are the dimensions of your napkins? I’ve been considering going to cloth for a while. I’m just curious, though, do you use cloth napkins for each meal? That will certainly add up or how do you do it at your house. Just wondering. Thanks! I love your blog and my daughter is really enjoying your Cake Decorating DVD. She is 10 and getting better all the time.

    04/29/2009 at 7:03 pm
  • Dana says:

    Did you do a rolled hem? If you didn’t, it’s fairly simple to do and looks wonderful on napkins.
    Just put wooly nylon thread in your upper looper and set your tensions like your book says. I love making ruffles and such with a rolled hem. Napkins would be perfect for rolled hems. Oh, you wouldn’t have to use wooly nylon, but it “shrinks up” and fills in nicely.


    04/29/2009 at 7:04 pm
  • Kathy says:


    All we ever use is cloth napkins. We are pretty much adults here (15 and up), so unless the napkin is dirty, we reuse it for the day. Supper meal usually does them in and the go to the laundry.

    Send us a picture of your daughter’s cakes. :o) Glad she is enjoying her DVD.

    04/29/2009 at 7:16 pm
  • Kathy says:

    Dimensions? 15″ square.

    04/29/2009 at 7:18 pm
  • Kathy says:

    I did not do a rolled hem, I am still at ground zero when it comes to learning the serger. :o)

    04/29/2009 at 7:19 pm
  • Kim Matlock says:

    They are so pretty! I need to try that too.

    You all are so blessed to have such close friendships. I wish I could jet myself down there sometimes.

    04/29/2009 at 9:48 pm
  • Kelly says:

    How very cute! Thanks for a great idea for Alexa (my 7 yr. old–been looking for some small sewing projects for her) although we don’t have a serger 😉

    04/30/2009 at 5:21 am
  • Valerie Neal says:

    The only bad thing about a serger, is once you have used one, you just don’t want to use the regular kind, unless you have to. I love mine, problem is my sewing room right now is also a storage room for several pieces of free sheet rock and some carpet scraps, but hey free is good.

    04/30/2009 at 7:53 am
  • Angie says:

    How would you do the edge if you don’t have a surger? Just fold it over and sew? Love the napkins!


    04/30/2009 at 8:36 pm

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