Make Your Own Linen Napkins

Make your own linen napkinsBeautiful cloth or linen napkins add a touch of luxury to your table. It is the little things in life and sweet little touches that can make an occasion feel special. Linen napkins are very easy to sew and are a great beginner sewing project. All you need to be able to do is sew a straight seam. ย This is a great project to use some fat quarters from your stash and think of the environmental benefits of not having to use disposable paper napkins.

Make your own cloth napkins

We made our linen napkins from a soft, cotton/linen blend fabric that was available in sweet polka dots that just happened to match the vintage tea set that belonged to my Nan.

Make your own cloth napkins

We added some crocheted trim along one edge and a linen label to finish them off.

Materials for cloth napkins

If you would like to make your own linen napkins, you will need (per napkin):

  • 1 fat quarter of quilting cotton, linen, or other fabric. (We used polka dot linen blend)
  • 1/2 yard of crochet trim. (We used cotton lace)
  • (optional) Linen labels (We used vintage tag ribbon)

Make your own cloth napkins

ย Method:

1. Cut the napkin so that it measures 18 x 18 inches.

2. On each side, fold over 1/4 inch and press. Fold over another 1/4 inch and press. Unfold the corners as shown in the photo below. Cut off the four corners, as indicated by the dotted line. Use the fold lines as a guide.

Make your own cloth napkins

3. Fold the cut edge from the corner over by 1/4 inch and press. Refold the first fold along each side and press as shown in the photo below. Repeat for all four corners.

Make your own cloth napkins

4. Refold the second fold along each side and press. The corners will be mitred as shown in the photo below. Pin the corners in place. Stitch around all four sides of the napkin, to secure the folded edges and mitred corners. Press.

Make your own cloth napkin

5. Pin the lace trim along the bottom edge of the napkin so that it just covers the previous stitching line and so that both ends are folded under approx 3/8 inch. Pin in place and then stitch to secure.

Make your own cloth napkin

6. Optional – stitch a small printed label to the bottom right corner so that it is positioned approx 1 inch in from the side and the lace edging.

Make your own cloth napkins

You can easily run up a batch of linen napkins in an afternoon – just in time for dinner!

Disclaimer: Thanks to Yozo Craft for providing the materials used in this project.ย 

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  1. says

    I love these and the tutorial on mitred corners is so clear. I spend the year planning for Thanksgiving in November (the biggest event in our social calendar) and I’m thinking of cloth napkins next time. I will try these.

    • A Spoonful of Sugar says

      Linen napkins would be perfect for Thanksgiving ๐Ÿ™‚ You sound like me and Christmas – I always get started months ahead.

  2. Anna Hamersley (Omyn) says

    Hello ๐Ÿ™‚

    Lovely project! I am wondering where the wee scissors came from? they are gorgeous!

    Thank you for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

    • A Spoonful of Sugar says

      Thanks Anna! I bought the scissors a few years ago – I like to collect cute sewing accessories ๐Ÿ™‚ They came from Yozo Craft (online store).

  3. Lori says

    I am SO excited to make these gorgeous napkins! I really like the vintage linen tags, too, but it appears that Yozo no longer sells them. Any ideas as to other sites who sell them? Thank you so much!

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