Creating a home by hand.

Another small finish – Cloth Napkins

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.

Pretty 4th of July napkins
The napkins are identical.  I’ve simply flipped one over so that you would be able to see both of the fabrics that were used.

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:

One side of the 4th of July patchwork napkin

And this is the reverse:

Reverse side of 4th of July napkin made from scraps

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.







  • Linda
    July 2, 2014 9:00 am

    Nice … now I want to some for Canada Day next year to go with the flag projects I have on hand. Maybe if I start them now …
    How do you get these things done in the midst of moving?

  • Kathie
    July 2, 2014 10:50 am

    Very nice! Napkins are so simple and add a personal touch to meals. Beautiful and thanks for sharing.
    Sue, how do I share a small project with you for everyone on here?

  • Shauna
    July 4, 2014 4:18 pm

    so so cute, love them

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