Self Binding Napkin Tutorial

Sewing your own napkins can be fun and a great little house warming present or just for fun in your own home.

Great for a green living too.  Since these napkins are double sided they are a little heavier and can wear longer through more washings.

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Pick fabric that is complimentary to each other.  Because the back comes to the front with the binding it shows up better if it’s got good contrast to the inside fabric.

If you are making them for holiday season, pick fun colors that go along with that– red, green for Christmas, browns/oranges- Fall, orange/black for Halloween…you get the idea.

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Materials Needed:

1- 14″ X 14″  inside fabric

1- 18″ x 18″ outside fabric -will come to the front

Self Binding Napkin Tutorial~

1)  Fold in half and iron

2)  Fold in half again and iron

3)  Repeat with the larger size

4)  Match up the squares with the the folded crease– the sides will NOT match

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5)  Repeat matching the centers on all sides and pin in place

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6)  Sew along the sides starting 1/4″ from the corner- sew to to the other side stopping 1/4″ from the edge

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7)  When you start the next side, fold the edges over and match them up, start to sew again 1/4″ from the edge

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8)  Repeat this with all four sides, leaving a 2 1/2″ opening for turning- the piece will be a little poofy

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9)  Fold the edges at the corner to match- there will be a fold at the top

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10)  Line up your ruler to the FOLDED edge and draw a straight line from the fold to the end of your stitching

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11)  Sew along the drawn line, cut the extra off

12)  Turn right sides out and iron well, pushing the corners out to a miter

13)  Sew along the binding- this will close the opening for turning at the same time

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The beauty of this technique is that the fabric from the back comes to the front– giving it a fun interest.

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This is a great way to sew up a baby quilt too– here’s another tutorial for making a self binding baby quilt.

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  1. Kate

    23 November

    This is brilliant!! Thank you for sharing.

  2. Chris

    23 November

    Wow! This is so cool! Thank you for sharing how to do
    this!

  3. Anne

    25 November

    We use fabric napkins almost exclusively at our house. Most of ours are nowhere near as pretty as the ones you made. I love the look of the contrast binding and the pretty mitered corners! I’ve got a Craft Gossip post scheduled for this evening that links to your tutorial:
    http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-self-binding-fabric-napkins/2014/11/25/
    –Anne

  4. Becky

    25 November

    Thanks Anne! Those do make it kind of fun– great way to show off awesome fabric too.

  5. Peta

    28 November

    Great idea & taken a step further could be made into a babies blanket.

  6. lea

    1 December

    Or place mats; or with heat resistant batting, pot holders. This opens a whole new door for me and my gift giving. I can see table settings with place mats, matching napkins and possibly a hot pad for the middle of the table (for the main course)! What a great and seemingly simple sewing project for a wedding or house warming.

  7. France Nadeau

    2 December

    That’s an interesting method. I pinned your picture in my sewing board as a reminder to try it. Thank you!

  8. These are delightful and what a detailed tutorial you’ve shared.

    Thanks for sharing (and for linking up to the #SHINEbloghop).

    Wishing you a lovely weekend.
    xoxo

  9. Katherines Corner

    7 December

    lovely tutorial, we only use cloth napkins and I know its time to make a few new ones and recylce the old. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop. xo

  10. Rach D

    8 December

    These are so colourful! And you’ve really laid out the steps really well.
    Thanks for sharing on this week’s Inspired By Me Mondays; hope you join us again this week! Rachael @ Diamonds in the Rough

  11. Robin in New Jersey

    2 July

    I love this idea. Thank you for sharing. I have a pile of fabric waiting to be made into napkins and I will use your tutorial.

  12. Carol

    12 August

    I love this concept, but I must be missing something in the mitering process. My napkin has an edge that can’t be worked/ironed flat. Sheesh…I have a shallow fabric basket. Help please!

  13. Carol

    13 August

    OK…I goofed on step 10…line the ruler up on the F O L D…worked so much better!

  14. Stacy

    25 August

    What a great idea! I’m doing my kitchen in a beautiful shade of green linen with various prints that coordinate, this is a perfect project to add to my collection.
    Thank you so much!

  15. Becky

    14 September

    Stacy- so glad you found it. Good luck making them. They are perfect for a quick project.

  16. Donna

    1 December

    This technique is genius!!! Thanks so much for sharing!

  17. Michelle

    3 December

    For some reason mine won’t lay flat? Any ideas what I’ve done wrong?

  18. Becky

    3 December

    Michelle- you might want to check out your sizes. I believe they need to be equal — like if back is long on one side than the other, it could cause it to not line up properly. Not sure they have to be square? But the back needs to be larger than the front all the way around the same measurement.
    Example- if you are making the back 2″ larger than the front, then it needs to be 2 inch larger on each side. One side can’t slip and go to 1 1/2 ” and the opposite side take up the extra and become 2 1/2″ see what I’m saying? They need to be equal.
    Check that and see if that might fix it. Good luck!

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