Cut your fabric the finished size of the napkin plus 1/2 inch. I think that I cut 16 1/2 inch squares for these – 2 squares for each napkin.
Note: You can easily get 4 single thickness or 2 double thickness napkins from a yard of fabric if it’s at least 36 in. wide. Most quilting weight cottons are between 40 and 42 in. wide.
I like to use 100% cotton rather than a poly blend for these; feels good and better absorption.
Consider the weight of the fabric when deciding whether to use single or double weight. Also consider whether you want double faced or single faced napkins.
For Double Thickness Napkins:
Pair 2 squares together RIGHT sides facing and sew around the edges with a 1/4 inch seam. Leave a 2 to 3 inch gap for turning. Turn to the right side – poke out the corners (a chop stick works nicely) and hand stitch the remaining opening.
At this point you have the option of top stitching around the perimeter – and doing a couple of straight stitch lines across the napkin to better hold the front and back together.
I bundled them together using a leftover scrap of the fabric.
Single Thickness Napkins:
Method 2 – if you have a fabric with enough ‘body’. (look in the home decorating section)
Cut 1 16 to 18 inch square for each napkin.
(I actually used regular cotton for the Thanksgiving napkins. They are pretty but a little flimsy feeling.)
Use a serger to do a rolled hem around all edges.