Here at Spoonflower HQ we make every effort to be an eco-friendly company with sustainability as a top priority! In order to live that "reduce, reuse, recycle" life, we make every effort to cut down on waste and limit what goes into our landfills. We compost and recycle everything possible, and perhaps the most beautiful sustainability effort--we use cloth napkins! Are you ready to take the plunge into a more sustainable lifestyle? Spoonflower crew member Crystal shares two ways to create your own finished cloth napkins--an easy way to start reducing your carbon footprint.
Pillow Case Style:
Crystal: This is a very easy way to sew a double sided napkin that will not fray in the wash and can be used over and over. It is an excellent beginning sewing project and as the name implies, it is very similar to sewing a throw pillow sans stuffing. This method is very fast, I had a napkin finished in around five minutes.
Measure and cut your chosen fabric (how fun is this Pepperoni Pizza design?). Absorbency is key here, so we recommend using Linen Cotton Canvas or any 100% cotton fabric such as Kona cotton or Cotton Lawn. I wanted to make napkins that were around 14x14. Since I wanted it to be double sided, I measured a rectangle that was 14.5 inches in width and 28.5 inches in length (to allow for seams).
Fold the rectangle facing in and sew a hem around the three open sides, leaving a small hole.
Flip the piece right side out. To accomplish this, just pull the material through the hole you left unsewn.
Push out all of the corners to shape it up and then just hand stitch the hole closed and tie it off. And VOILA, you have a reusable napkin!
Iron your new napkin if desired. The results are slightly poofy, but we are going for sustainability not perfection!
Mitered Corners Technique:
This method is the most sustainable in terms of fabric usage, but also the most time-consuming way to make napkins. These are what you commonly think of when you imagine a cloth napkin. It took about 10 minutes for one napkin using this style.
Measure and cut your chosen fabric. I wanted to make napkins that were around 14"x14". I measured a square that was 14.5 inches in width and length (to allow for seams).
fabric design is Black X by elvelyckan
*Note: Pets are neither helpful nor recommended while sewing.
Create a hem by folding in twice on each side of the square and ironing it flat.
Unfold the corner slightly and cut the tip of the triangle off.
This creates the mitered corner, so when you refold it, it should come together like this.
This keeps the napkin from being too thick at the corners.
Sew a seam along the hem to keep everything together.
You now have a finished cloth napkin!