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Thread: I always say NO! What happened?? Dinner napkins

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    I always say NO! What happened?? Dinner napkins

    Does anyone know how to make napkins?? Can they be made out of polyester? Trying to help a very sweet relative, to rent so they match, they are $1 each. Not even sure my machine will sew them?? And what kind of edge do you use? How many can you get out of a yard of fabric? ANY suggestions will be happily appreciated!!
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    I like napkins to be 20 inches square. So out of 45 inch wide fabric if it is 40 inches long, I can get 5 napkins.

    If you are using 60 inch wide fabric, you can get three across, so 6 out of 40 inches of fabric.

    Personally I prefer cotton or linen for napkins.

    Poly does not absorb well and holds onto greasy stains.
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    This is a search that showed up a lot of napkin patterns. There are a lot of ways to make them.

    http://www.sewingsupport.com/sewing-...s/napkins.html
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    If you have a serger, a rolled hem makes a nice edge. Since I don't have a serger, I do the fold the napkin corner, sew a little miter on the wrong side, flip the corner out and fold in 1/4 inch and use my edge stitching foot. There are videos on YouTube.

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    I have been making my own napkins for years; tried all sizes and fabrics. Now I routinely cut them at 18" square and I can get 4 out of a yard. Then I press 1/2" over around all four sides, then sit down at the machine and fold under that 1/2" to 1/4" and sew them down. As for fabric, I uses whatever feels good and is washable. I use mostly cotton and cotton blends. One of the things I did early on, was to go to a place like Home Goods, or Penny's or Macy's and take a look at their dinner napkins and see what you like. Then go home and make them the same way!
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    My experience with cotton poly is the grease never comes out. I stick with 100% cotton. Harder to find material suitable for napkins.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AZ Jane View Post
    Does anyone know how to make napkins?? Can they be made out of polyester? Trying to help a very sweet relative, to rent so they match, they are $1 each. Not even sure my machine will sew them?? And what kind of edge do you use? How many can you get out of a yard of fabric? ANY suggestions will be happily appreciated!!
    Look for large damask tablecloths at the local thrift shop. They are usually all cotton. You can get several napkins out of tablecloth, depending on size. At my thrift shop I usually pay about $3-$4. They are great for making dish towels or backing table runners. I shop at a thrift shop run by the local Hospice, but they get donations from Hotels and Spas as they upgrade their linens. Also look for 100% cotton white sheets.
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    I get per yrd. just split it. a bit oversized, but then they are good to go. I use fun prints and serge the edge.
    now I have some holiday fabric and some with ll kinds of pasta on them. I also make placemats to match. really fun things.
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    She changed her mind and I will be giving her the price of the napkin rental as her wedding gift!! Shhhhh, that was close!!
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    Years ago (over 15) I made a bunch of napkins out of cotton/poly blend fabric. I used my serger and did the rolled hems. I also used a patterned fabric. I still use those napkins today. I probably can't see the stains because of the patterned fabric, but if I can't see them, neither can anybody else. The hems are starting to look a little ragged so I will soon have to sew some more. I will use the same recipe I use before.

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    My daughter has asked for a bunch of napkins for a wedding present. I used to serge my napkins, but I have been practicing with the rolled hem attachment on my sewing machine. That's the way I will be making hers. She wants a variety of sets in various prints - Christmas, summer, western theme, and anything else I can think of. ��

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    Quote Originally Posted by AZ Jane View Post
    She changed her mind and I will be giving her the price of the napkin rental as her wedding gift!! Shhhhh, that was close!!
    Good choice!!!
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    My niece bought men's linen white handkerchiefs wholesale to use for her wedding napkins. She got 150 handkerchiefs for $40 online at a warehouse outlet. She gave me the leftovers to do something with. They were very nice. I donated them to another wedding at church.
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    If I was gonna make em, I'd use the self binding trick, just like the self binding receiving blankets, just smaller!
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    OOPS! You got caught saying yes. Has happened to many of us. What did I say? Let me recheck! Darn don't remember!

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    Over 10 years ago I made some for a English Lady in the Nursing Home where I worked.. I use Weavers Cloth. in White. Sturdy and sewed up nice... 18 inches Square after hemming...Washed up Great... Google Weavers cloth ....lots of sites there... and colors.
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