Handmade Napkins from a Tablecloth

I love having cloth napkins for formal meals but they can get pricey! Solution: Make your own from a Tablecloth!

(Click here for directions on how I created this Falliday Centerpiece)

As I was pulling all of the elements together for my Fall Table Scape I knew I wanted a splash of Fall colors to coordinate with my white dishes, gold chargers and gold flatware. I had a tablecloth that I had used on a table in our previous home but is too small for our current dining table.

Since it was no longer useful for me as a table cloth, I decided to re-purpose it and make cloth napkins. I like it much better as napkins as it provides visual interest to the layering between the solid colors of the plate chargers and the plates.

The size I choose to make these was somewhat arbitrary. They are 19" x 15" but I really choose that size so that I could work with the lines created by the plaid in the fabric and to be able to create 12 napkins out of the table cloth.

The first thing I did was cut the finished edges of the table cloth off.

This gave me a nice flat lay of fabric to work with. I then cut out my 12 pieces and used my sewing machine to finish the edges.

I set my machine to the smallest possible zigzag stitch and sewed along all four edges of the napkin about 6/8 inch from the edge. I then "fringed the edges by removing the strands of fabric between the edge and the zigzag stitch.

Voila!! Easier than Thanksgiving Pie!!

This simple technique could be used for any season with any cloth (not vinyl) tablecloth and is a real money saver!

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