I have been trying to get this post up, well, all day now with an insane amount of interruptions....alas, here it is.
I recently posted about how we use cloth napkins, [which, by the way, the giveaway is still open!], and wondered why, being the enthusiastic seamstress I am, had never actually made some napkins. Now you're wondering, right? So, I thought it was a good time to do a mitered corner tutorial!
There are lots of ways to do a mitered corner [that pretty little corner where the edges come together in a neat fashion]. This is the simplest way I have found. If you have a bunch of small pieces of fabric in similar colors, making a set of napkins is even more fun! I have a distaste for synthetic napkins. Natural fibers just absorb better, so instead of smearing that spaghetti sauce across your face, wipe it off with cotton or linen [if you don't mind the wrinkles or the ironing of linen].
I also like a large napkin. Originally I thought I could get 3 across, but those would make for many mini frustrating serviettes indeed. Begin by pre-washing and drying your fabric.
o2 Fold each side in one inch and press.
o3 Fold in each corner, exactly where the intersection of the side folds meet, press.
o4 Fold the crease you just created in half, making sure they line up.
o5 Stitch along that crease, leaving 1/4" open along the raw edges of the fabric, making sure to backstitch both beginning and ending.
o6 Trim, leaving 1/4". Trim the point at an angle.
o7 Press open seam. Fold and press the edge of the fabric 1/4" around the perimeter.
o8 Turn right side out and press again. Pin in place.
o9 Stitch around the napkin, just inside the hem [1/8"].
Ta-da! You have a professional looking mitered napkin. Don't be afraid to get them dirty, because you will enjoy those mitered corners every time you wipe the corner of your mouth. :)