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Sew Your Own Cloth Napkins with Mitered Corners

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Mitered Corner Step 1

Miter Step 1

Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
Materials needed:
  • Fabric - Cotton or Cotton Polyester blend
  • Thread
  • Poster Board - optional
Directions

Napkins can be made in any size square you are comfortable with. The standard sizes are 12, 14, and 16 inch squares. The easiest way to make sure they will all be square is to make a poster board template. Use a carpenters square or measure each side and from corner to corner to make sure your template is square.

A set of four is a nice gift. To make it spectacular, make a double set. They can be any color or coordinating. Let's face it not many of us use them, except for when we have company, so make enough for the occasion.

If you have a serger, the job is almost done. Use your rolled hem feature to finish all the edges.

Not having a serger won't stop you. Pressing is going to save you a lot of time.

A true mitered corner will give your napkins a professional touch. Press under all edges 1/4". Press that edge under again.

Using your pressing lines as a guide, trim off the outside corner.

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