Now to make no-sew napkins Nancy Zieman



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.)


How to Make no-sew fabric napkins Nancy Zieman



  • Fuse the 1/2″ EZ Steam II paper-backed fusible web to the north and south ends of each square.


How to Make no-sew fabric napkins Nancy Zieman




How to Make no-sew fabric napkins Nancy Zieman



  • Remove the paper.


How to Make no-sew fabric napkins Nancy Zieman



  • Press under 1/2″.


How to Make no-sew fabric napkins Nancy Zieman



  • Repeat the fusing process, adding the fusible tape to the east and west sides of the fabric square.


How to Make no-sew fabric napkins Nancy Zieman




How to Make no-sew fabric napkins Nancy Zieman



  • Ta da!


How to Make no-sew fabric napkins Nancy Zieman



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!

Simply Napkins

Mary and Gail’s book is still available. You’ll be pleased to have a copy!


Simply Napkins by Gail Brown and Mary Mulari



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