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Rolled Hem Napkins

No need to be matchy-matchy—a mix of patterns feels modern. Set these elegantly stitched napkins on the table, and dinner is served.

edged cloth napkins orange blue stripes folded

Photography: Sidney Bensimon

Source: Martha Stewart

Introduction

Elegantly edged cloth napkins aren't just for special occasions. Your family deserves them too, and you can whip up a table's worth with a yard of any fabric and a sewing machine, no serger required. The quick and easy alternative? The zigzag stitch, a back-and-forth stitch typically used in fabrics to join two pieces edge-to-edge.

 

When you're hemming fabric—table linens included—accuracy is important. Ensure clean lines with this trick: Draw a line on card stock with tailor's chalk, 1 inch in from the edge. Place the card stock onto fabric, with line parallel to fabric edge. Fold fabric over card stock, aligning fabric edge with line; press with an iron. Repeat, folding and pressing again to encase the raw edge, then begin stitching.

 

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materials

  • Cloth napkins

  • Scissors

  • Sewing machine

  • Thread

steps

  1. Fold the fabric into quarters. Cut it along the creases into four pieces.

  2. To mimic a neatly-bound serged hem, set your machine to a zigzag stitch on the smallest possible width. Sew along the perimeter, 1/2 inch from the edge.

  3. Carefully trim the overhang or pull loose threads to create fringe.

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