I’ve fallen in love with fabric napkins. It makes eating in front of the TV on trays so much klassier. I bought a set for myself for Christmas and they always seem to be in the laundry. So I decided to try to make some.
I headed out to the fabric store and was smitten with the Moda fat quarters. Now, a fat quarter is a precut square about 18″x22″. I wasn’t sure what size my napkins at home were, but I figured if they are already square I wouldn’t have to do any extra cutting.
I threw them in the laundry and when they came out I ironed them and placed two together, with the printed sides facing out. Then I just serged away! The ones with the dotted print on one side turned out more square as that made an easy cut/serge line.
They turned out cute if I do say so myself. The serged edge stands out as I only have off white thread, but I think with the patterns I chose it adds a bit of homespun charm.
They are big enough to be used as a placemat, too!
Since the fat quarters were something like $2.50 each, I’m not sure I saved any money, but it is a great way to use up your stash and create something unique.
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What a great idea! I’ve made napkins, too, but never thought to do them double-sided. I don’t have a serger (I want one but they scare me) so I guess I could try an overcast stitch or just let them fray.
BTW, check “Etsy” for fat quarters. You might be able to get them cheaper.
The Local Cook
Thanks for the tips! I found my serger on Craigslist for SUPER cheap. The napkins are so quick to make, I’ll bet you could find a friend who has one and might be willing to let you use them. An overcast stitch would work as well but then you’d have to be able to sew straighter than I can 🙂