DIY Dinner Napkins With Mitered Corners

Are you ready to dress your dinner table in style? Here’s a project that’s sure to add pizzazz to your next meal! Sew a rainbow of DIY mitered corner napkins in coordinating prints, to give each guest their own unique experience!

DIY Mitered Corner Napkins Tutorial DIY Dinner Napkins with Rainbow Remix Fabric

Once you learn how to sew neatly pressed mitered corners, you’ll want to practice again and again! Sewing your own cloth napkins is an inexpensive way to set the table, and it will help save the environment. Think about all of those paper towels you’ll save.

DIY Dinner Napkins with Rainbow Remix Fabric

Photos via Ann Kelle

Do you know what else is great? You can make each napkin with just one fat quarter of fabric!

Ready to sew your own cloth napkins? Let’s get started!

DIY Dinner Napkins with Rainbow Remix Fabric

Step 1:

For each napkin, trim one fat quarter (18″ x 22″) into an 18″ x 18″ square to make a 17″ square napkin. I used prints from the new Rainbox Remix line by Ann Kelle for Robert Kaufman.

Mitered Corner Napkin Tutorial

Step 2:

I’m going to use a 4″ fabric square to show you how to sew one mitered corner. Apply this technique to all four corners of your dinner napkin to make a set of fun and functional mitered corner napkins! Measure and mark a line 1/2″ from the border. Measure and mark a second line 1″ from the border. I used a ballpoint pen for visibility, but you might want to use a pencil or fabric marking pen.

Mitered Corner Napkin Tutorial

Step 3:

Fold and press the fabric along the 1/2″ line so it touches the 1″ line. Unfold. Trim off the corner as pictured. (Trim off the whole box in the upper corner and dissect the two adjacent boxes with your rotary cutter.)

Mitered Corner Napkin Tutorial

Step 4:

Fold the corner you just trimmed so that the fabric points align with the 1″ pen marking.

Mitered Corner Napkin Tutorial

Step 5:

Open up the fold and draw a line along the diagonal fold. The line should not touch the edges of the napkin, but just stay inside the center portion (like the dotted line pictured).

Mitered Corner Napkin Tutorial

Step 6:

Fold the fabric right sides together. Sew along the line you marked earlier (dotted line shown highlighted in pink above).

Mitered Corner Napkin Tutorial

Step 7:

Here’s another view of the line after it is stitched. In this example, the section you stitch is highlighted in yellow, and the fabric is opened up slightly.

Mitered Corner Napkin Tutorial

Step 8:

After stitching the dotted line, it’s time to flip the fabric right side out. Use a tool with a point to poke out the corner. Next, you’ll fold the raw edges of fabric under, using the fold from step #2 as your guide.

Mitered Corner Napkin Tutorial

Step 9:

Fold the raw edges under and topstitch 1/8″ from the folded edge.

Mitered Corner Napkin Tutorial

Step 10:

A good tip is to use a stitch in the ditch foot along the folded edge, and move your needle position a few steps to the right to get an accurate topstitch.

DIY Dinner Napkins with Rainbow Remix Fabric

Wasn’t that easy? If you try this project, we’d love to hear about your DIY dinner napkins in the comments! You can also take your mitering skills to the next level with Linda Lee in her Classic Table Linens course.

DIY Dinner Napkins with Rainbow Remix Fabric

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One Response to “DIY Dinner Napkins With Mitered Corners”
  1. Claire Steffens
    Claire Steffens

    I’m having trouble keeping the corners even… in the last step when I’m rolling the edges over and seeing the perimeter, the corners seem bunched and like there’s too much fabric… anyone else have issues with that?