When life hands you granny fabric, make napkins!!!
Awhile back, I was given a stack of quilting fabric that was more Grandma Walton than Sage & Simple. I struggled with what to do with this fabric, and then it struck me… napkins!!!
1) Cut fabric squares of 17″ x 17″ (or whatever size makes you happy). This left me with some smaller pieces that I will make into snack napkins to use with tea, dessert, etc.
2) Iron in a 1/4″ hem on all 4 sides, then another 1/4″ hem to tuck in the raw edge.
3) Miter the corners. You can also leave them square, but I have perfectionist tendencies so I mitered mine :)
4) Sew all the way around the edge. Voila!
Not only have I given life to this not so hip looking fabric, but these cloth napkins are going to save trees and save me money! Finding another way of beating that 25% VAT makes me happy :)
P.S. Happy new year!
Kelli Nørgaard says
These are awesome! I SOO wish I could sew.
Great idea. Count me as another who needs to re-learn how to sew.
Happy New Year, too!
I have no sewing knowledge, so can you show me what a mitered corner is on the napkins?
I should have gone to Google Images before I asked. I found the answer! :) Smart move.
It’s so nice to make useful things, and also use up something which is hanging around the house.
I too have been sewing napkins out of leftover fabric over the past week. I have alot of leftovers from quilts I have put together. Yours looks oh so nice.
nice work! I’m doing the same tomorrow! Another use I’ve found for quilting cottons is grocery bags! I use the singlet tutorial on Crafster.org: it’s double-layered and super sturdy! My bags find their way home with friends over time, so I’m always needing to whip up a couple more. I love your blog, btw! Check mine out if you get a chance…I found yours googling for “what size to make napkins”, lol!