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Decorations - DIY napkins

These cloth table napkins are easy to make.

Sew them for your own wedding table, to match your table runners or even to add a touch of difference. A stencil would be a pretty addition to your napkin too

Materials
Dressmaker Pins
Fabric Chalks or Fabric marking pens
Fabric (1m x 1m for every four napkins)
Iron Board
Iron
Sewing Machine
Sewing Needles
Matching Coloured Thread
Scissors
Measuring tape

Water


Instructions
Step 1
Choose a cotton or cotton-polyester blend fabric in the color or print of your choice. Purchase 1x 1m wide and length fabric for every four napkins.
Step 2
Prewash the fabric and press it with an iron.
Step 3
Make a template or pattern for your napkins out of any stiff poster board or cardboard. Your template should be square and should be 1cm larger than your finished napkin size. For example, make a 41cm square template for a 40cm square napkin.
Step 4
Place the template on the wrong side of your fabric, and trace around the template with a fabric marking pen or fabric chalk.
Step 5
Repeat for each napkin.
Step 6
Cut out each fabric square along traced marking line.
Step 7
Press each raw fabric edge under 0.5cm.
Step 8
Press that edge under once more.
Step 9
Pin the fabric edges into place so that the pins are perpendicular to the edges of the fabric. Use a Sewing machine to stitch the napkin hem. When you reach a corner, lift the presser foot of the sewing machine and swivel the fabric so that your stitching line remains straight. Keep the needle inserted in the fabric as you reposition it.
Step 10
Hand sow the napkin hem in place with a backstitch if you do not have access to a sewing machine.
Step 11
Add a decorative touch to the finished napkins by sewing a decorative hand, machine stitch or stencil on the right side of the fabric along the edge of the napkin. Re-press with iron.

If you would like some great napkin folding ideas for your tables go to http://www.napkinfoldingguide.com/

 

 

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