If you like the aesthetics of a nicely set table then this is the tutorial for you. These cloth napkins not only add a little decorative flair to your table but are eco-friendly and are so easy to make. I like that these do not involve having to work with mitered corners. It is simply straight, easy sewing.
Start by cutting two coordinating 18 inch squares of fabric. I used a picnic fabric and a square of cotton muslin.
Place the two squares you just cut right sides facing each other. In other words, you want the nice printed sides facing each other and the blurry unprinted side on the outside. It doesn't really make a difference with muslin but if you are using two prints make sure the nice sides are facing each other.
Mark a 3-4 inch opening for turning. I fold the square in half and use the crease to measure the two inches on either side.
I like to pin the squares together before sewing.
Sew around the edge. It is a good idea to start at one end if the opening you marked and keep going until you reach the other mark. I used the end of the presser foot as my seam allowance which is 3/8 inch.
Once you have sewn everything but the opening, cut the corners being careful not to cut into the stitches you just made. Next turn the whole thing inside out through the opening.
Once I have turned my square inside out and poked out the corners, I like to press it.
Press and fold in the edge of the opening and prepare to topstitch around the perimeter of the napkin.
That's it! I like to press the whole thing to neaten it and finish it off.
These are great to line a basket for bread.
Experiment with different ways of folding.
HERE is an example of a fancy folded napkin that is easy and fun to make.