These easy to make napkins are ideal for a summer luncheon, picnic, or handmade hostess gift. Stitch a set of four napkins in an hour or less with Nancy Zieman’s sew-easy mitered corner technique.  Showcase your favorite fabrics by mixing or matching fabric groupings, or make them from one fabric.

The mitered-corner technique can be found in the book Sew Simple with Rectangles & Squares (Nancy shows this easy technique on a jewelry caddy), along with many other simple sewing projects. Watch online:  Sew Simple with Rectangles & Squares (Part Three).

Supplies for a set of four napkins

Cut four 21″ squares of fabric, using a rotary cutter, ruler, and mat.


Create color-coordinated cocktail size napkins by using quilter’s fat quarters and cutting the napkins 18″ square, instead of 21″.


  • Press under 1/2″ of the top and lower edges of each napkin.
  • Press under another 1/2″ along the top and lower edges of each napkin.

  • Edgestitch along folds.
  • Repeat pressing steps on sides of napkin squares pressing under 1/2″; then a second 1/2″.

  • Unfold the pressed areas at one corner.
  • Fold the corner at a right angle, aligning the point with the last pressed fold.

  • Refold along the first pressed fold; press the corner.

  • Refold along the second pressed fold; press the corner.

  • Repeat at each corner.
  • Pin if needed.
  • Edgestitch along the folds, locking stitches (back stitching) at each folded miter.

  • Clip threads close to the stitching.

That’s it!

Watch Sew Simple with Rectangles & Squares (Part Three) on The Best of Sewing With Nancy online.Sewing!



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