DIY Cloth Napkins

cloth napkin

You will want to pair DIY cloth napkins with your DIY tablecloth from our last post. Pairing napkins with a tablecloth is very classy and the sign of a great host and entertainer.

In this post, we will provide instructions on how to sew complementary cloth napkins for a beautiful table for your home.

This is a good project for beginner sewers. You will learn how to sew double-sided and mider corners too. These techniques can then be used on several other future sewing projects for your home.


  • Front Fabric
  • Back Fabric
  • Thread
  • Ruler
  • Sewing Gauge
  • Fabric Marker
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Sewing Machine
  • Iron


You should first prewash your fabrics before you begin the project. You want the fabric to be clean and in good condition before you start to cut and sew the fabric.

Use your ruler and fabric marker to mark a 18×18 square pattern on the front fabric with an extra 1-in. for the mider corner and edge folds. We recommend a 21×21 inch square for extra fabric to work with.

Then measure the back fabric ½-inch smaller than the front. This means you would want 17.5×17.5 inches for the back fabric.

Fold the fabric over ¼ inch and press it with an iron. Then folder it over how wide you want the border of the napkin to be and iron it again. Repeat these steps on all corners of the fabric.

Fold the corner in half diagonally with the wrong side of the fabric facing out. Pin it together and repeat the steps on all four corners. Then mark down the creased line and sew. Then cut off the excess fabric from the corner. You should now have a mider corner.