How to Make Napkins with Mitered Corners

Hi, it’s Nienke again! Today I have a tutorial for napkins for you. Most napkin tutorials I found online use a tiny rolled hem, which is a great way to create napkins of course. However, I also like the look of wider hems, it can be a bit more luxurious. Therefore I made these with a wider hem and a mitered corner. Here’s my tutorial on how to make napkins with mitered corners!DSC_0464s

 This technique is very useful in dress making as well, for corner hems such as in an unlined cardigan or at the corner hem of a wrap skirt. I embellished my napkins with a stenciled star. Yet again I used freezer paper for stenciling explained in my tutorial a while ago, however I used it in reverse this time!

Requirements:

– Fabric. I used plain white cotton, 17×17″ per napkin.

– Fabric paint and a brush.

– Freezer paper.

– Regular sewing supplies, such as pins, matching thread, iron.

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Fold and press your hems: first 1/4″ inwards, then another 1/2″ inwards. Press firmly!

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Mark the place where both hems meet in the corner. Repeat for the other three corners.

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Fold back the hems once, so now the hem is folded in only once. At the photo above the marks are at the blue arrows.

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Turn your napkin over. Now the right side is on top.

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Fold your napkin so that the marks are on top of each other.

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Above another photo of how you should fold the napkin.

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Mark a line from the mark on the side to the point where your creases crossed eachother.

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Stitch along the line. Cut off the excess seam allowance of the corner. Repeat for the other corners.

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Turn the hem towards the wrong side of the fabric. Press.

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Topstitch the hem into place.

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Cut a star of freezer paper.

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Iron the freezer paper onto the napkin.

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Paint along the sides of the star shape.

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Let the paint dry and remove the freezer paper.

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Iron the embellishment to set the paint or check the instructions on your specific brand to see how you can set yours.

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Now repeat for all the napkins you need to enjoy a family dinner!

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