I have been working on some cloth napkins for the family at the Little House. Myle had some leftover fabric from an apron project two Christmases ago, so we started with those...
1. Cotton fabric is probably your best bet. Cut the selvedges off your fabric. This are the stiffer edges of the fabric. Then, fold your fabric into fourths width-wise to see how wide your napkins can be. Usually, for me, this is 10-11", so I begin to cut squares. These are all 10.5". You can make your napkins bigger, but we were making these for kids, and trying to use what we had. Also, you can make nicely rolled edges, but these seem to hold up as well, and since they aren't our "company" napkins, I don't care if they fray a little.
2. Set your machine to a wide zigzag stitch. Zigzag around the edges of your fabric. I find curving at the corners is easier than going all the way to each corner, turning, and trying to start again, as the machine inevitably eats them.
3. Trim the corners.
4. Use. Enjoy.
|Partially finished so you can see the different stages.|