I had a little less than 1/2 yard of fabric left over from the backing for the 4th of July table runner and when I was at Joanns the coordinating fabric from that line was on sale for 50% off so I picked up 2/3 of a yard of flag fabric and turned them into cloth napkins to use on our picnic on Friday. (That is assuming the weather cooperates!)
It will be just Dave and I on our 4th of July picnic so I planned to make just two napkins.
They were super simple to make. I cut two 16″ squares from each fabric, placed one square of each fabric right sides together and stitched a 1/4″ seam allowance leaving a 4″ opening for turning. Next I turned them right side out and used a ladder stitch to make an invisible closing. After pressing them, I topstitched 1/4″ all the way around each napkin. The finished napkins measure 15 1/2″ square.
I still had some fair sized scraps of fabric leftover so I made a patchwork napkin.
This is one side:
And this is the reverse:
I really like how the three napkins turned out; especially the patchwork one. So much so that I’ve decided that when the patriotic fabrics go on deep discount next week, I’m going to buy 1/2 or 2/3 yards lengths of a variety of fabrics and make up some more napkins to have on hand to use for years when we have company for the 4th. And on years when we don’t have company, they’ll still look pretty displayed in a basket on the table.