March 27, 2012

DIY Cloth Napkins and Tea Towels with Mitered Corners


I hope you enjoy this sweet tutorial for sewing napkins (or tea towels) with tidy, mitered corners.  My Mom & I have gone a bit play kitchen mad and we sewed mini tea towels and mini quilted pot holders for the in-progress play kitchen I'm making.  Although the finished products are wee, you can use the same techniques to create larger tea towels or make napkins - just change the amount of fabric used!

Start by ironing and cutting out your fabric.  Then fold, iron and measure your edges once, and then turn them over once again and iron, for a tidy edge:


Do this all the way around your fabric.  Then gently unfold your ironed edges and take a look at where the folding has created a square.  Fold the corner in toward the fabric at that point and iron it in place:


Next, test out your mitered corner before making any cuts.  To make the miter, trim the edge of the corner:


Then re-fold the edges iron back into place, like this:


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. . . and sew along the edge.  When you have sewn all the way around, tie off the thread.  You can also do a second row of decorative stitching.



And ta da!  Depending on the size, you've created a pretty cloth napkin . . .


or mini kitchen accessories for a play kitchen . . .



And you can make a full-size tea towel, table cloth - anything (as long as it is a rectangle or square)!  I love that napkins or mini kitchen accessories are such a great use for fabric leftovers.

Check back tomorrow if you're curious about how to make the adorable teeny pot holders (a fabulous use for scraps of batting from upholstery projects).

P.S. I linked this up to the DIY Project Parade at the DIY Showoff!

21 comments:

  1. adorable! i love that fabric- so fun! :) and great tutorial!

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    1. Thanks Cassie! The ice cream cone fabric is from a quilting shop in Thunder Bay (my hometown)! It is quickly becoming our go-to source for sweet fabric. It's just a shame I live so far now - but my mom hooks me up! Even my sofa cushion fabrics are all from there. The quality is unbeatable.

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  2. What a great post. Love the ice cream fabric.

    I've been hoping to make a load of napkins to use instead of paper towel but I'm sewing challenged. You have made me feel like I can give it a go! Thank you!!!

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    1. Definitely doable! I recommend a busy pattern, too. Helps hide stitches and also is more durable for that application.

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  3. This is a great tutorial and I love that fabric!! So summer-y :)

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    1. I am the biggest blog tease ever, I know. Soon. Ish.

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  5. These are adorable. I love the polka-dot tablecloth too. What lucky little ones!

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  6. Gorgeous! Not sure I could sew in a straight line, but I sure like to look at your handy work!

    Jen from The Social Home

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    1. If you pick a busy enough pattern, no one will be the wiser!

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  7. I can't wait to see the finished play kitchen. It's going to be a masterpiece!

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  8. What a great idea! Especially since I've just started a secret love affair with buying pretty patterned napkins (Superstore is the worst, they have SO many pretty ones!).

    Emilie
    www.liveeatsmile.blogspot.com

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  9. So cute! Can't wait to see how you did the pot holders!
    I want some ice cream now...

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  10. Love that fabric! So sweet!

    I can't wait to see this kitchen- I know it's going to be amazing!

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    1. Thanks for the vote of confidence! I hope its good - I sure am taking my sweet time :)

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  11. So lovely! Please come share at http://sassafrassalvation.blogspot.com/2012/04/sasss-sunday-salvation-show-18.html

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  12. Such a great idea...lovely! I'm so glad I found your blog via the DIY party and I am now following so we can stay connected. I would love if you stopped by and follow too. Lori

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    1. I absolutely did! Your projects are amazing and you have a fabulous blog!

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  13. Tanya,
    This was an easy-to-follow DIY project. Your mitered corners are PERFECT.

    Thank you for sharing,
    Marie

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