... also known as Cloth Table Napkins
It's not hard to find lovely paper serviettes (napkins) to compliment your table decor. Problem is, they are single use only, and, small as they are, don't help the environment. I'm down to half a packet of paper serviettes and once they're gone, it'll be be serviettes from fabric for my guests. Today's tutorial will show you just how easy they are to make.
Normally a square shape, serviettes can be any size that suits. I cut mine to 17" x 17", with the serviettes finishing up at 15½" x 15½".
- Press over ⅜" (10mm) on each edge. It's easy enough to eyeball. I turn the steam off on my iron to avoid burnt fingers.
- Fold over the first edge on itself - (ie; fold over the pressed edge another ⅜").
- Sew right to the end of the first side and backstitch.
- Cut threads.
- Work around the serviette and repeat on all four sides.
If your machine has trouble starting off at each edge, begin stitching a little way in, instead of at the edge. Do one or two stitches, backstitch, and continue.
Pressing the edges first enables each serviette to be sewn without using any pins, and makes for nice straight edges.
This technique is fast and easy to do, and I find I get lovely neat corners every time. I have sewn serviettes with mitred corners (there's a couple of different methods), but I always come back to the way I've shown you. For me, it's faster, more consistent and produces neat corners every single time.
Mr TMW and I recently spent a couple of days in Sydney, eating out a lovely restaurant. Knowing I'd be making serviettes, I of course had to check out how theirs were made. They looked exactly the same as mine. If it's good enough for a fancy restaurant, it's good enough for me.
If you've made serviettes, I'd love to hear your thoughts on what technique works best for you.
Six of my serviettes are in the same fabric, with the other six deliberately mismatched. All are made with quilting cottons. Scroll down to the first two comments to see my thoughts on different fabrics that may be suitable for serviettes.
Thanks to Glenda for asking the question that prompted me to add this information to the post. It gives me great satisfaction when interaction such as this occurs. That's why I love blogging!
Out of curiosity, what terms do you use for both paper and cloth serviettes in your corner of the world?
This is the first of my tutorials for the 12 Days of Christmas DIY Challenges. I've started with the last one, challenge #12 - Christmas Table Decor made from fabric stash. Head on over and check out what everyone else has made. Add your own table decor (past and present).
I'll also be adding my serviettes to the ongoing Kitchen Accessories link party, here at Threading My Way, and also to Ho Ho Ho and on We Sew when it opens on the 18th November.
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