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Make a Cloth Napkin

Save a paper towel (and a tree) with these reusable cloth napkins. You’ll learn how to make perfect corners in a snap.

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What You Need

(Makes 4)

• 1-1/3 yd. cotton fabric, pre-washed and pressed

• Flat 18′′ ruler

• Marking pen

• General sewing supplies

  1. Using your marking tool and ruler, measure four 20×20 inch squares (two across the width of your fabric and two along the length) on the Wrong side of the fabric. Cut out squares.
  2.  Press all four corners of one square 1-1/2 toward the Wrong side.
  3.  Snip 1/2′′ from each corner.
  4.  Fold 1/2′′ along all sides toward Wrong side and press flat again. Fold over 1/2′′ toward Wrong side, so that the corners meet. Press flat.
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  5.  Pin in place and top-stitch 1/8′′ along all four sides. When you top-stitch, you want to make sure the Right side is facing up when feeding the fabric into the machine. The bobbin thread will show on the Wrong side (where the folded edges are).
  6.  Make sure to pivot at the corners, keeping the needle pierced into the fabric as you turn and making sure the edge continues to line up at the 1/8′′ mark.
  7.  Top-stitch again at the 3/8′′ mark (if your machine does not have measurements near the needle, use your marking tool and ruler to mark these points from the edge). Approach the corners at a slow speed and pivot at the 3/8′′ mark.
  8. Clip any extra threads and press napkin flat. Repeat on other 3 squares.

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