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DIY Pom Pom Napkins with Mitered Corners

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I have a confession. I really love cloth napkins; and, when company comes, I like to pull them out {if I can remember}. They are practical, eco-friendly, and can be totally beautiful. I also think they make a great hostess gift for dinner parties.

DIY Pom Pom Napkins with Mitered Corners

DIY Pom Pom Napkins with Mitered Corners

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When Fat Quarter Shop sent me this gorgeous fat quarter bundle called Fun Happy Home by Sew Caroline I knew it would be perfect for a set of DIY Dinner Napkins with Pom Pom Trim.

DIY Pom Pom Napkins with Mitered Corners

Along with having some super cute dinner napkins, I’m also going to show you how to sew perfectly mitered corners. You can use this method to sew tea towels and table cloths as well as dinner napkins.

Also, I’m making 4 dinner napkins and saving the other fat quarters for future projects.

Materials:

DIY Pom Pom Napkins with Mitered Corners

Step 1: Press & Trim

Most fat quarters come folded so press each fat quarter until there are no creases.

DIY Pom Pom Napkins with Mitered Corners

Since we are using fat quarters it is a good idea to trim them down a bit. Fat quarters are 18″ x 22″ so you will want to trim them into 18″ x 18″ squares. Be sure to trim from the selvage edge. Also, if you are using a directional print like I am then be sure that you trim accordingly. Later on we will be putting pom pom trim on the bottom edge. If you’ve not taken notice you may end up with your trim in an off position.

DIY Pom Pom Napkins with Mitered Corners

Step 2: Marking the Fabric

Using a water soluble fabric marker, draw a line 1″ from the raw edge. Then, draw a second line 1/2″ from the raw edge. Repeat this on all four corners of your napkin.

DIY Pom Pom Napkins with Mitered Corners

Using the Hot Hemmer, press under 1″ around all four sides.

DIY Pom Pom Napkins with Mitered Corners

Then go back and fold under the raw edge 1/2″. {Note: The raw edge will line up with the 1″ fold.} Press under the raw edges 1/2″.

DIY Pom Pom Napkins with Mitered Corners

Step 3: Trim Away Corner

Trim away the corner. Using a marked ruler (like for quilting) precisely measure in 5/8″. Make sure the corner point is directly on the 5/8″ mark. Once this is carefully lined up, make a mark and cut away the corner. See the up close photos for accuracy.

DIY Pom Pom Napkins with Mitered Corners

DIY Pom Pom Napkins with Mitered Corners
DIY Pom Pom Napkins with Mitered Corners

Step 4:

Fold in from the just-trimmed corner until the the the raw edge points meet with the 1″ fabric mark. This should fit perfectly and will be a 5/8″ fold. Notice how the two points from the corner trimmed in Step 3 meet the 1″ fold line perfectly! Press.

DIY Pom Pom Napkins with Mitered Corners

Step 5: Fold in Corner

Open the folded edge and mark a stitching line 1/2″ from each of the sides. The stitching line will NOT be all the way across.

Want an easy DIY Sewing Project. Learn how to sew simple cloth napkins with mitered corners. Also included are easy steps to add pom pom trim to your dinner napkins. All you need are a few fat quarters and the ability to sew a straight stitch.

Step 6: Pin and Stitch

With right sides together, carefully pin the stitching line. Notice how my pin lines up perfectly on both sides. This will insure that you get a perfect corner.

DIY Pom Pom Napkins with Mitered Corners

Sew along the stitching line you drew in Step 5. {Note: I’ve used a dark thread for better visibility. I recommend using a matching thread.}

DIY Pom Pom Napkins with Mitered Corners

Step 7: Trim and Fold Under

Cut away the corner triangle and turn the corner right side out. Use a point pushing tool (or chopstick, knitting needle, etc.) to create a sharp point.

Fold under the folded corners and press flat. There should not be any bulk and it should fit perfectly.

DIY Pom Pom Napkins with Mitered Corners

Step 8: Repeat Steps

Repeat Steps 1 -7 on the other 3 corners. Realistically speaking, after one or two more corners you will be able to breeze through these steps ~ even to point of just relying on the ironed-in folds.

If you’ve used a water soluble fabric pen, take a spray bottle of water and spritz the markings. They will immediately disappear.


Step 9: Hemming the Napkins

Now that you have four beautiful mitered corners you will need to stitch them down. I prefer to use an Edge Stitch Foot to create perfect top stitching. Using a 3mm stitch length, top stitch approximately 1/8″ from the folded edge.

DIY Pom Pom Napkins with Mitered Corners

DIY Pom Pom Napkins with Mitered Corners

Step 10: Adding the Pom Pom Fringe

Cut a piece of pom pom trim approximately 19″ long. This will vary based on where the pom poms are place. You may need to snip off a pom pom or two in order to get the sizing right. This trim tends to unravel so secure the ends and places you’ve trimmed away a pom pom with Fray Check to prevent unravelling. Let the Fray Check dry before sewing.

DIY Pom Pom Napkins with Mitered Corners

Pin the pom pom trim to the bottom edge of the napkin. Be sure to pay attention if your fabric is directional (as mine is). Fold under the raw ends of the pom pom trim. Carefully stitch down the pom pom trim. Note: The pom pom trim tends to stretch when you sew it. Be sure to allow for this when stitching or it will pucker badly on the front.

DIY Pom Pom Napkins with Mitered Corners

Give you napkins a quick press with the iron and you’re done. Aren’t these adorable. I think they would make great gifts.


DIY Pom Pom Napkins with Mitered Corners

Also, a huge Thank You to Fat Quarter Shop for providing the Fun Happy Home Fat Quarters.


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