Sew Your Own Cloth Napkins With Mitered Corners

Foliage place setting with cloth napkin
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    Get Started

    Mitered Corner Step 1
    The Spruce / Debbie Colgrove

    The materials you'll need are:

    • Fabric: cotton or cotton-polyester blend
    • Thread
    • Poster Board (optional)


    Napkins can be made in any size square you'd like, but standard sizes are 12-, 14-, and 16-inch squares. The easiest way to assure 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 napkins is a nice gift. To make it spectacular, make a double set. They can be any color or coordinated. Not many people use them, except for when they 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 inch. Press that edge under again.

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

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    Press the New Corner

    Mitered Corner Step 2
    The Spruce / Debbie Colgrove

    Press the new "corner" down to the inside press line. Re-press the first press of the edges.

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    Finished Mitered Corner

    Finished Mitered Corner
    The Spruce / Debbie Colgrove

    Press edges under again making corner meet diagonally in the center of the corner.

    Top-stitch the hem into place, swiveling the material as you reach the corners.

    Tips for Cloth Napkins

    • Having the right tools can make making napkins a snap.
    • Don't be afraid to be creative. Use a decorative stitch to top-stitch the hem.
    • When making napkins as a gift, make sets of four in complementary colors. For Christmas make four green and four red napkins.
    • You can use the same methods you have used for the napkins to make a tablecloth.