I sat down this afternoon to make cloth napkins. I used homespun cotton fabric, which I can only describe as somewhere between quilting cotton and flannel. It’s much lighter than flannel, but softer and (possibly) more absorbent than quilting cotton.
I tried to pick colors that were pretty, but also practical – hopefully able to withstand many uses & washes without looking icky. The amounts of each fabric vary in yardage from 5/8 to 1-3/4 yard.
I first cut each of the fabrics into 12″ squares yielding 36 total. I decided to make square corner napkins using the second part of this wonderful Skip to My Lou tutorial; they’re simple, functional and (honestly) easier on my beginning-sewer brain than the mitered corner version. I chose to work with only 15 of the fabric squares – seemed like plenty to start with. I’ve stored the others in my fabric stash to be pulled out and finished as needed.
I did all the ironing first, then sat down to my sewing machine to stitch them up using a cream colored cotton thread.
All done and super easy – can’t wait to start using them! And incidentally, this is the first New Year’s resolution project I can officially cross off the list. Here’s a recap of the projects I have left to complete:
- Christmas stockings for Lucas and myself
- Wedding Photo Album
- P.J.s for Lucas
- T-shirt Quilt
- Cloth Napkins
- Topper for Christmas Tree
- Process Ivan and Hamlet’s Mohair
9 months and 6 projects to go!