Today we introduce Emily from Love me Sew who hosted the DIY workshops on Fabric Flowers at our fab Wedding Event with a Difference in April. She brings back the creativeness as she shows you how to make these lovely DIY napkins! So, over to Emily……
You will need:
● Fabric (here I’ve used calico)
● Crochet Lace Trim
● Paper template (optional…may come in handy when making many)
● Matching thread
● Tailors chalk or pencil
I’ve written this tutorial based on the use of a sewing machine.
1. Cut your Fabric
● Cut a square of calico (these can vary to suit your preferred size on napkin, but here mine are 43cm x 43cm)
If you have made a paper template that you want to use more than once, pin this template to the fabric and make dashed chalk marks around the outside. Remove template and cut out your shape.
2. Hem the Napkin.
● On a corner of the napkin fabric, make a small chalk mark at 3cm and at 2cm from the corner.
● Repeat on the opposite/parallel side of the napkin fabric.
● Fold one side of the napkin fabric up 1cm to meet the 2cm mark (that you made on opposite sides of fabric).
● Fold this side up again another cm to meet the 3cm mark. Press.
● Repeat the above steps for all four sides of the fabric napkin. Pop a couple of pins in to hold in place for now.
3. Mitre the napkin corners.
You may notice that when you have folded and press all four sides of the fabric, the corners overlap and do not sit very neatly together – to resolve this, we mitre the corners.
● Unfold one of the corners – the pressed fold marks should still be visible on the fabric.
● The fold marks have formed little squares from the corner. Lay a ruler, diagonally, across three diagonal squares.
● Cut the fabric corner off from this line.
● Fold this cut edge up, so the fold runs diagonally across the centre of the next row of squares.
● Refold the long sides again, at the origonal fold mark, enclosing the fold of the cut corner.
● Repeat the above steps to mitre all four corners. Once you have refolded the sides, pin to hold in place.
4. Sew the hems.
● Using matching thread, starting from one corner, sew the hems all around the napkin a few mm from the edge, removing pins as you go.
When you get to the corners, leave the needle in the fabric, lift the presser foot, spin the napkin fabric around, lower the presser foot and continue along the next side until all four sides are sewn.
5. Attach the crochet trim.
Here I only sewed trim to two opposite sides but you may prefer to attach to all sides.
● Making sure you have enough trim to fit your napkin, start from one corner, pin and sew the trim along the edge of the napkin. Stay stitch at the start and finish to hold the stitching in place (Stay stitching is a few stitches forward and a few backwards – see Love Me Sew’s technique video for a clearer explanation).
● Repeat the above for the sides you want to sew the trim to.
Repeat all of the above to make as many napkins as you need!