A few months back, Greg and I spent a weekend in Charleston en route to a South Carolina wedding. Charleston is an amazing city for food and drinks, so we spent much of our short time there taking in delicious meals and amazing cocktails. On our adventures, we stopped at a lovely bar called The Belmont. Among its many charms, the drinks were served on crisp white fabric cocktail napkins. I immediately thought to myself, what a cute idea and how easy to make! It took me awhile to get to it, but I finally made my own cocktail napkins, and below is a step by step sewing tutorial with pictures on how to make them yourself. These cocktail napkins are great to have around for parties or make a great gift!
- Scrap fabric
- Sewing machine
- Ruler or measuring tape
- Basic sewing supplies - pins, thread, needles, fabric scissors
Measure a piece of cardboard to a 5" x 5" square. Cut out the cardboard square. You can use this as the pattern for your napkins. Trace around your cardboard pattern on your fabric. You will need to cut out 2 squares per each napkin. You can make them matching or mix it up. I decided to use a bunch of scrap fabric in different shades of blue to make eclectic mix and match style napkins.
For each napkin, place 2 squares together with the wrong side of the fabric facing out. Pin together with the pins going perpendicular to the edges. This is so you can easily sew over the pins.
Sew around the edge of each napkin using a 1/4" seam allowance. Leave about 1" open in the middle of one side so you can flip the napkin inside out. Remove the pins and clip the edges off the corners. Flip your napkins inside out, pulling the fabric through the little hole that you left open. Use something pointy but not too sharp like a chopstick to poke the corners so they are not too rounded. Iron your cocktail napkins flat. Hand stitch the open part of the seam shut using a slip stitch. This is a type of stitch that looks invisible - if you have never tried it there are a lot of videos available online, and it is pretty easy to figure out.
Stitch a border around the napkins at 1/4". This part is optional (you will notice that the inspiration above doesn't have it). But I think the extra top stitch give the cocktail napkins a "finished" look. Trim off any excess threads. And Voila! Now you have successfully sewn your own beautiful cocktail napkins and you're ready to entertain with style!