Casual napkins

bright cotton napkinsI 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.

Sharp corners. Clean lines. Easy tutorial used: no big dill’s Mitering Around.

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

  1. 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.)
  2. 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.)
  3. 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.


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