DIY Cloth Napkins

Ah, finally life has slowed down a bit and I can finally get to all my DIY projects! If you recall, I had a growing list back in October. Over the Christmas holiday, I had 2+ weeks off work where I took advantage of my time! First project? DIY Cloth Napkins. Seems like an odd thing, BUT it’s the only way to get the right fabric to personalize your space for a low cost! Here’s the original fabric I bought at JoAnn Fabrics.

I bought a yard of each, which cost $15 total. My inspiration was drawn from Etsy. I saw so many cute napkins for our table, but they were so expensive. Our table seats a minimum of 6. To buy 4 napkins costs $35. To seat my table of 6, it’d cost $70.

I forgot to take pics as I was making them – sorry – but I can explain what I did.

I knew I wanted them to be 15″ x 15″ squares, so I cut them out to be 16″ x 16″ leaving an half inch on all sides for sewing. I cut my squares, then folded the edges over and ironed the fabric to hold the creases where I would sew. I then had to make another fold and iron again to make sure you wouldn’t be able to see any of my cut marks on the fabric.

Once cut and ironed, you just run it through the sewing machine. This was my first time really using a sewing machine, and it was awesome! My wonderful mother-in-law, Kim,  helped me out so much with ironing and teaching me tricks of how to use the machine! The project definitely took way more time and had more steps that I originally thought (i.e. having to iron everything), but it was well worth it. Here’s the final napkins:

{ two table settings of 6 napkins each = $15 total}

I LOVE making things myself. It’s so rewarding when someone compliments you on something! Now to go out and buy a sewing machine so my obsession can continue. Any suggestion of reasonably priced ones??

Until next time
<3 jenna


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