Sandra Paul
July 15, 2014
Sew Napkins with a Mitred Edge - Photo by Sandra Paul (HobbyFarms.com)
Photo by Sandra Paul/Cherry Heart

After making some cute crochet napkin rings last month, I thought it might be nice to show you how to make the pretty little napkins to go with them. Although a basic square should be a simple matter, I want to show you a great trick for getting really professional and neat mitred corners.

Not only will this technique give your napkins a touch of class, you’ll soon find plenty of other projects that can make use of the same technique.

Sew Napkins with a Mitred Edge - Photo by Sandra Paul (HobbyFarms.com)
Photo by Sandra Paul/Cherry Heart

What You’ll Need:

  • 16-by-16-inch pieces of pretty fabric (You can use one fabric for all the napkins or different fabrics for each one.)
  • Contrasting thread

Step 1

Sew Napkins with a Mitred Edge - Photo by Sandra Paul (HobbyFarms.com)
Photo by Sandra Paul/Cherry Heart

Cut your fabric to 16-by-16 inches. With the wrong side of the fabric facing up, fold over the raw edge so you have a 1/4-inch hem.

Step 2

Sew Napkins with a Mitred Edge - Photo by Sandra Paul (HobbyFarms.com)
Photo by Sandra Paul/Cherry Heart

Fold the fabric over again so the raw edge is hidden underneath; pin in place. Don’t worry if your hem isn’t exactly 1/4 inch; it’s more important to get them even. (It’ll pay off later!)

Step 3

Sew Napkins with a Mitred Edge - Photo by Sandra Paul (HobbyFarms.com)
Photo by Sandra Paul/Cherry Heart

Repeat steps 1 and 2 on each side of the square. Press the hems into place.

Step 4

Sew Napkins with a Mitred Edge - Photo by Sandra Paul (HobbyFarms.com)
Photo by Sandra Paul/Cherry Heart

Once the fabric has cooled, take out the pins and unfold the fabric. You should have nice lines impressed on your fabric. Now, we’re going to cut off the corner, using those lines as a guide.

Step 5

Sew Napkins with a Mitred Edge - Photo by Sandra Paul (HobbyFarms.com)
Photo by Sandra Paul/Cherry Heart

Cut a diagonal line across the corner, intersecting the corners squares (as shown in step 4). You can see in this picture how it should look.

Step 6

Sew Napkins with a Mitred Edge - Photo by Sandra Paul (HobbyFarms.com)
Photo by Sandra Paul/Cherry Heart

Fold the corner in on the diagonal, using the line as shown.

Step 7

Sew Napkins with a Mitred Edge - Photo by Sandra Paul (HobbyFarms.com)
Photo by Sandra Paul/Cherry Heart

Here’s how it’ll look once the fold has been made. Repeat steps 5 to 7 each corner.

Step 8

Sew Napkins with a Mitred Edge - Photo by Sandra Paul (HobbyFarms.com)
Photo by Sandra Paul/Cherry Heart

Now all we need to do is re-fold the hems back into position while keeping this corner fold in place. The edge of each corner will now have a nice clean angle.

Step 9

Sew Napkins with a Mitred Edge - Photo by Sandra Paul (HobbyFarms.com)
Photo by Sandra Paul/Cherry Heart

Once the hems on both sides of the corner are re-folded, pin the corners to keep that beautiful neat mitre in place for sewing.

Step 10

Sew Napkins with a Mitred Edge - Photo by Sandra Paul (HobbyFarms.com)
Photo by Sandra Paul/Cherry Heart

If you want, you can use a contrasting colored thread. I wanted the contrasted thread to show at the front to make a feature, so I loaded my bobbin with the bold colored cotton. If you don’t want the thread to be apparent on the front, use a like-colored thread instead.

Step 11

Sew Napkins with a Mitred Edge - Photo by Sandra Paul (HobbyFarms.com)
Photo by Sandra Paul/Cherry Heart

Carefully sew along your seams, as closely as you comfortably can to the inside edge. Aim for a 1/16- to 1/8-inch seam, taking care at the corners to sew right up to the center point of the mitre. Then turn the fabric to sew along the next seam edge.

Step 12

Sew Napkins with a Mitred Edge - Photo by Sandra Paul (HobbyFarms.com)
Photo by Sandra Paul/Cherry Heart

Work your way around the napkins, securing the thread at the end. When you’re done, your corners should look like this.

Sew Napkins with a Mitred Edge - Photo by Sandra Paul (HobbyFarms.com)
Photo by Sandra Paul/Cherry Heart

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About Sandra Paul
Sandra is a stay-at-home Mum living in a small village in England. She spends her days sewing, crocheting, knitting, pottering around the house and garden, and trying to pretend that housework doesn’t exist so that she can use the time to craft and write her blog. Look for her sewing and crochet projects for the home and garden each month on The Craft Hub and visit her at Cherry Heart to see more of her work.

 

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