Sometimes it’s nice to have a set of cloth napkins. No need to save them for special occasions; they are fun for everyday use. A lightweight cotton fabric works great, and can be quickly cut and hemmed. Make these handmade napkins decorated with heat transfer vinyl.
I used this tutorial, written by Theresa on the Spoonflower blog for tips on sewing the napkins. I really like the way she explains her mitered corner method. It reduces bulk at the corners and provides a nice finished look.
I cut my napkins from 34 inch wide fabric, which enabled me to create 4 from a yard. I cut 4 squares at 17 inches and kept the hems fairly small to give me finished napkins that are about 16 inches square. (Of course, you can simply purchase blank napkins and add the HTV, but making them is more fun!)
- Lightweight 100% cotton fabric.
- Heat Transfer Vinyl
- Cut File
- Red Capped Blade
- Heat press or iron.
Settings on Zing:
- Force – 25
- Speed – 10
- Multicut – 1 or 2
- Cut and sew napkins as described above.
- Import file in cutting software. Don’t forget to mirror design to prepare for HTV application.
- Cut and weed heat transfer vinyl.
- Use iron or heat press to apply heat transfer vinyl to napkin, according to manufacturers instructions.