I saw these batik napkins in Crate & Barrel’s catalog at Christmas time and immediately thought they would be the perfect birthday present for my Mom. She loves batik fabrics and these cheerful colors really caught my eye.
But, what the heck? $40 for six napkins? I can do better than that! So I began scouring the internet for a good napkin sewing tutorial. I found Molly’s Handmade Napkins tutorial and it looked really straightforward. I picked up four yards of batik fabric at JoAnn’s and the most important piece of equipment for this project- the bias tape maker.
As I was cutting I realized I had plenty of fabric to make double layer napkins which is a variation described in Molly’s tutorial. I was able to get eight 16″ squares out of each fabric with enough left over for four bias tapes of each color. Using the bias tape maker, I was able to create the binding strips quickly and assembly the napkins. It’s really just a handy tool for making the perfect bias tape fold.
OK, I can see that I really need to get a new ironing board cover! I pressed the corners down and pinned on the binding for each of the napkins.
Seaming the binding tape when smoothly and after a quick press again I was able to sew the binding on. Very straightforward, I was able to create these eight napkins in just a few hours.
Wrapped up with a pretty ribbon, I think these are even better than Crate & Barrel’s napkins because they match my Mom’s table cloth.
Dinner napkins with binding
Pattern Sizing & Selection
Molly’s tutorial recommended 16″ squares but you can do any size. Crate & Barrel’s napkins are 21″ square
Finished Product As Advertised?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
This is a super easy pattern to follow
There’s really not much you could change, it’s so simple.
Cotton, though this pattern is easy enough to make in many fabrics.