I am a beginning sewist, but I’ve been wanting nice napkins with mitred corners. Today I realized that there was no good reason not to learn, not when I had some fat quarters hanging around doing no good.
I learned things.
On my first napkin, I missed the part of Step 5 that says to leave 1/4 inch open along the raw edge of the fabric when sewing the corner mitres. This step is not a joke. Reminder to self: If you miss this step, then when you turn under the raw edge and sew, you can only make a curve, not a nice line.
I varied when and how to press each part, trying to improve my process. By napkin three, I figured out a folding-and-pressing strategy that works better for me.
Less Work Press-All-At-Once Method
- With wrong side facing up, fold each side in 1″ (so that wrong side touches wrong side). Press. (Work Savings: when you get to Katy’s Step 8, the “Press Again” step is dead easy since your fold is already made facing the right direction.)
- Turn raw edges under 1/4″. Press. (Work Savings: the turning-under can be accomplished more quickly and precisely at this stage than when the corners are sewn up.)
- Fold and sew mitres. The bulk of the pressing is already done, so it goes fast.
Thank you Katy for a clear and simple tutorial! I’m looking forward to practising some more.