I’ve been decking the halls around here lately and it’s looking and feeling very festive! Do you decorate for Christmas and is yours all finished or do you still have to pull out the boxes and get started? I’m a bit behind schedule this year as we spent all of last week in Kansas with my sister and her family and my brother. It was a fun week and we always love it when we can spend time with them. Living 900 miles apart is too many miles between us!
Today I want to share my little tutorial for making Hemstitched Linen Napkins like I said a couple weeks ago I would when I shared my Scalloped Linen Table Runner Tutorial. It’s super easy to do – there is one little trick that makes all the difference 🙂
You will need:
Linen or cotton fabric (linen works best for hemstitching)
Thread to match your fabric, or choose a contrasting thread to add a pop of color. You can also use a shiny thread if you prefer.
*Wing needle for your sewing machine
*I mentioned there was a trick that to hemstitching that made all the difference – here it is!
The key to hemstitching is a wing needle. Check to see if one is available for the machine you have and follow the instructions for using a wing needle.
Next you need to practice a bit with the stitches on your machine to see which one you like best used with a wing needle. Some machines have a hemstitch but you can use any decorative stitch available on your machine.
Cut your napkins the size you want them to be plus ½” on each side for the hem.
Serge all the edges of the napkins. If you don’t have a serger use a finish stitch on your sewing machine. You can do the hemstitch without serging but you may get some fraying if the fabric is a loose weave and ravels easily.
Press a ½” hem in all 4 edges of the napkins. Trim corners of napkins and press the corner down so that the side meet neatly at the corner when hem is pressed in the sides and there are no raw edges showing.
With right side up begin hemstitching each napkin, 3/8 to ½ inch from the folded edge. Turn at corners, stitch over where you started just a bit when you get back around, trim threads, press and add to your table settings.
It’s really very simple! A wing needle has ‘wing’s’ that make it wider at the top, thus making the holes bigger as it passes through the fabric. A stitch that involves the needle passing through the same hole more than once will create a prettier look when finished.
These are fun for Christmas because it’s a season we all tend to go all out for and use the good china and linens. But they are fun for any occasion, or just to celebrate and ordinary every-day-life kind of day!
You could do this with pretty much any fabric you choose. I prefer real linen, in a medium to heavy weight. I love the way linen drapes and folds and it just looks upscale and dressy. I used twine here to tie the vintage white ornaments to the napkins to stand in as napkin holders. A bit of boxwood snipped from the bushes outside tucked in completed the look I was going for.
So what do you think? Look simple enough? You’ve got plenty of time to make some hemstitched napkins to add to your Christmas dinner table this year! 😀 21 days in fact 😀 Will you be making some?