This past weekend, we entertained family and I decided since it was November, why not get out the Thanksgiving table linens. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, so why not celebrate all month! But there was a problem—eight napkins with nine guests! Remembering that I still had fabric leftover from my napkin making several years ago, I hurriedly created another napkin, the no-sew way.
I learned the technique from Gail Brown and Mary Mulari from their book, Simply Napkins. All you need is fabric, a pinking blade for your 45 mm rotary cutter, and 1/2″ EZ Steam II paper-backed fusible web.
Here’s how to create No-Sew Fabric Napkins
- Cut the fabric 1″ larger than the finished size of the napkins. Trim the edges with the pinking blade. (Trim on a rotary cutting mat.)
- Remove the paper.
- Press under 1/2″.
- Repeat the fusing process, adding the fusible tape to the east and west sides of the fabric square.
- Ta da!
You may wonder if the fusing will hold through washings. Gail Brown made me 20 napkins years ago, using this technique. These napkins are used at least twice a year and they still are fused along the edges. Amazing!
Mary and Gail’s book is still available. You’ll be pleased to have a copy!
Bye for now,