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Linen Cocktail Napkins

Source: Martha Stewart Living Television


From just a yard of fabric, you can make thirty 4-inch cocktail napkins. Choose a lightweight fabric that isn't too sheer. Handkerchief linen, which can be easily hand-washed, works beautifully



  • Handkerchief linen

  • Interfacing

  • Rotary cutter

  • 6-by-24-inch acrylic grid ruler

  • Self-healing mat

  • Sewing machine

  • Pins

  • Iron

  • Ironing board

  • Needle and thread, for turning napkin right side out

  • Thread clipper


  1. For each napkin you wish to make, cut out two 5-inch squares of fabric and one 5-inch square of interfacing. To make the cutting easier, place the fabric on a self-healing mat, measure the fabrics with a wide see-through grid (such as Fiskars acrylic grid ruler), and cut along the edges with a rotary cutter.

  2. Lay one linen square atop the other; if there are right sides to the linen, make sure that they are facing. Lay the interfacing on top of the linen, align the edges of all 3 layers, and, with the interfacing still on top, pin the layers together.

  3. Stitch the layers together around the perimeter, 1/2 inch from the edge, leaving a 2-inch opening on one side. Trim the seams, and snip the corners. Turn the napkin right side out, and press. Be sure to also press the seam allowance of the 2-inch opening.

  4. Topstitch around the perimeter of the napkin, as close to the edge as possible. This is a decorative finish, but it also serves to close the opening without having to hand-stitch it first. Topstitch around the perimeter again, this time 1/4 inch from the edge of the napkin. To give your napkin a crisp, fresh look, spray it with sizing or spray starch before giving it one last pressing.

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