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How to Sew Napkins with Mitered Corners – Learn to Sew Series

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I love the look of linen napkins and today I’m excited to show you how to sew napkins! This project is part of the Learn to Sew Series, so it goes nice and slow for absolute sewing beginners.

The technique we’ll be learning today is mitered corners. This is a beautiful way to finish corners in your sewing projects. This will also get us some more experience cutting fabric and doing some straight stitches while make something useful like napkins!

*Full video at the bottom of the post.

How to Sew Napkins

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Check out the other videos in the learn to sew series and beginner sewing projects! The quilted potholders are super fun!

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What fabric is best for napkins?

I like using natural fibers for diy napkins. Things like 100% cotton or linen. This striped fabric is a cotton linen blend, the Essex yarn dyed linen.

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What size should cloth napkins be?

I like square fabric napkins. These are 17 inches square and you could even go as large as 22 inches square. Ultimately, it’s your personal preference and how much fabric yardage you have to make your fabric napkins.

How do you finish the edges of napkins?

My favorite way is with mitered corners which I will teach you in this tutorial. It provides a very professional finish and isn’t difficult.

mitered corner napkin

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How to Sew Napkins Written Instructions

Yield: 4 Napkins with Mitered Corners

How to Sew Napkins with Mitered Corners - Learn to Sew Series

how to sew napkins

Learn how to sew napkins with mitered corners in this tutorial! If you are a beginner, I recommend watching the full length video. I go nice and slow and cover all the steps. It's like spending 20 minutes in the sewing room with me while I walk you through how to make these napkins. If you have a little experience, these instructions will get you on the right track.

Active Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour
Difficulty absolute beginner


    1. Prewash fabric and iron. how to sew napkins
    2. Give your fabric a fresh cut on both side and then cut in half, should be about 17 inches. how to sew napkins
    3. Cut off selvedges and then create 2 cuts from each half yard, creating 4 squares that are roughly 17 inches each. how to sew napkins
    4. With the wrong side facing up, use a seam gauge to iron 1 inch all the way around the fabric square. how to sew napkins
    5. Open up and make a small mark at all of the corners with your water soluble marking to sew napkins
    6. Using the seam gauge again, now iron over ¼ inch around your square. how to sew napkins
    7. Open up the creases and using a ruler, measure 2 inches from the corner and make a mark on both sides. Draw a line from mark to mark, going right above that corner mark you initially made. Do this on all 4 corners. how to sew napkins
    8. Start with 1 corner. Place the right sides together so that the marking line up and it creates a point. Make sure the point lies flat and the two adjacent sides of the square are lined up as well. how to sew napkins
    9. Flip down that ¼ crease that we ironed and finger press in place. how to sew napkins
    10. Take that corner to the sewing machine and sew down the line we made with our marking tool back stitching at both ends. how to sew napkins
    11. Trim excess and repeat this step for the remaining 3 corners. how to sew napkins
    12. Use your finger to flatten out the seam and flip it to create the hem. Press in place well. how to sew napkins
    13. Use an edge foot if you have one or a standard foot to sew down the hem as close to the fold as possible. Back stitch at beginning and end. Trim any threads. how to sew napkins edgefoot stitch
    14. Optional: sew around a 2nd time for an added touch. how to sew napkins


Striped fabric is Essex Yarn Dyed Classic Wovens - Wide stripe Indigo

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Monday 2nd of March 2020

Thank you for this tutorial. You make it so easy to understand


Sunday 1st of March 2020

I’m so excited about the apron! I’ve never seen a seam gauge before. Though I haven’t been sewing very long. Thank you so much...

Raquel Tucker

Saturday 29th of February 2020

Love your speed. It truly makes following you and learning the project very easy!


Friday 28th of February 2020

Your 17" cut material makes a 15" napkin --not a 17" one.

Patty Warner

Friday 28th of February 2020

Love how through you are, as far as the drawing, I don't do Facebook so couldntcheck to se if I won!

Thank you

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