Make Your Own Tea Time Napkins

Happy, happy, happy Wednesday, my friends!
Won't you join me for a spot of tea?
But before we have that delicious tea
let's make a few tea time napkins, shall we.

This is what you will need to whip up a few cloth serviettes. . .
My Canadian grandmother always called napkins serviettes.
She was such a proper lady.

As I was saying, you will need. . .

cotton fabric
lace trim {optional}
daisy embellishment {optional}
sewing machine and all that good stuff

Measure and cut a piece of fabric that is 14 x 14-inches.

On the backside of the fabric,
measure down 1-inch on each corner
and draw a line.

Fold each corner with right sides together
and place a pin smack dab in the center of the line.

Once the corners are pinned
take the fabric to the sewing machine
and place your sewing foot right where the pin is
{it should be in the center}.
Begin sewing in the center right on the line
and remember to back stitch.

Trim the corners close to the seam,
but make sure you don't snip your seam!
You will see I have a small opening on the corner
because I did not sew along the entire line.

Turn the corners right side out
and gently push them out with a blunt, but pointy object.

Now iron the fold down
along all four edges.

Take the 1/2-inch fold
and tuck the raw edges under.

Press the fold down with a hot iron.

Once you have done all four edges
this is what you should have. . .

Sew the fold down on all four sides.

And voila!
Beautiful mitered corners.

Sew a strip of lace onto one edge of the napkin
for extra loveliness.

I also sewed on a small daisy embellishment.

And that's it, my friends.
You now have some beautiful cloth napkins. . .
or should I say serviettes.

Pull out your delightful china
and enjoy a tea party with a friend or two.

These sweet little napkins are reusable
because all you need to do is throw them in the washer
after using them during your tea party.

While making the tea napkins
I decided to sew up some dinner napkins as well.
These are larger in size,
but they were made the same way.

There is just something lovely and elegant about a cloth napkin,
wouldn't you agree?

These charming napkins are available in my Etsy shop
which you can find by clicking here.

Happy tea time, sweet friends!
And have a beautiful day!

You will find me at these lovely parties:


Stone Cottage Adventures said...

These are so pretty! Thank you for the tutorial! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

Mrs.T said...

Oh, Stephanie, these are beautiful! I have made dozens of cloth napkins, but nothing so elegant. Thank you for the tutorial!

Can you tell me what size you cut the fabric for the dinner size napkins?

Kelly-Anne ♥ The Diary of a Country Girl said...

Oh these little napkins are darling...and so neatly sewn, dear friend! I am afraid that I don't spend as much time on pretty edges as you...but perhaps next time I decide to make a few napkins, I'll come back here and follow your tutorial! Thank you for the sweet inspiration, dear friend...and happiest of Wednesdays to you, too!

Blessings and hugs,

magnoliasntea said...

How pretty your napkins are, Stephanie! And I really love your teacups and saucers. I found a Finlandia coffeepot (blue and white like your bowl and plates) at a garage sale for 50 cents just last week. Our youngest called later that day and mentioned that she and her sister-in-law had talked about her needing a china coffeepot. She couldn't believe I'd just gotten one for her that morning. The Lord is so good to us!
Have a lovely day!

Maya Kuzman said...

Thank you for the lovely tutorial Stephanie! They are beautiful!

Miss Val's Creations said...

They are so sweet Stephanie!

krishna said...

so beautiful!!!

Esther Asbury said...

What lovely napkins - they're so "you!"
I'm especially drawn to the gray dinner napkins - so pretty!

Kerin said...

Beautiful. You always do such a beautiful job with your projects. Thanks for the tutorial also.
I've been wanting to sew up some cloth napkins for Thanksgiving!

Have a terrific, Fall day!!


Cheryl said...

Oh, dear friend! Be still, my heart! These are just lovely! You do such beautiful work, so precise and professional. Yes, I agree that cloth napkins are just a delight to use. Thank you for sharing your lovely handiwork!

Melanie said...

So pretty, Stephanie! I have lots of fabric that I could see becoming some of these. Also mug rugs. Have a blessed day.

Tamago said...

I've never heard of the word serviette before. Your serviettes are delightful! I love the lace edge and pretty daisy at the corner. Those serviettes sure brighten up the table!

Deborah Montgomery said...

Stephanie, what a lovely spot your blog is! There's always something pretty and uplifting here, and today was no exception. Love the little serviettes. They look just delightful with your teacups, and would make any tea time extra special. I will go peruse your shop now :) xo Deborah

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Stephanie, Your talents are over the moon! Oh these napkins are just divine and how special for tea. Yes, a cloth napkin make having tea with friends and family extra special. Your directions are excellent and your workmanship is superb. Love you dinner napkins too. Such pretty fabrics!! Thank you for sharing sweet friend. Blessing and Happy Creating. xoxo

Gypsy Heart said...

Oh, Stephanie, these are beautiful! Your tutorial is excellent! I love having fabric napkins...uh, serviettes. :) Your teacups are beautiful too! I'd love to sit down with you and visit over a cup of tea or coffee.

Have a blessed day!

Anonymous said...

What beautiful napkins. Thank you for the tutorial.

mamasmercantile said...

Such a delight, perfect for afternoon tea or a dinner setting.

sarah said...

These are so pretty :-) I especially love the blue ones. Have a beautiful day.

Net - "It's a Wonderful Movie" said...

Oh, how pretty and inviting for a spot of tea! Your cups and napkins are all so lovely together! I especially love all the pretty pastels! :)

Thank you for sharing your creativity!!!

Blessings! Net

Anonymous said...

These are simply beautiful, my friend! I love the simple style of these and the fabrics you chose are so lovely :) Thank you for sharing this tutorial with us today!! I also love the idea of doing dinner napkins...this would be perfect for a Christmas gift {{smiles}}

Wishing you a lovely Wednesday! Joy and love to you!

donna said...

Your napkins are beautiful. I sew love the way you made them. Normally I just sew 2 pieces of fabric together. Yours are much more elegant and sweet. Thank you sew much for sharing my dear.

quakerhillfarm said...

This is a wonderful tutorial to create a mitered napkin (serviette!)Thanks sweet Stephanie! Have a wonderful week.

My thrift store addiction said...

Sweet Stephanie, these are so lovely and I can always spot your pretty projects by the charming details! I hope you'll come and share these at our tomorrow's Vintage Charm! Hugs, Cecilia

Ana Love Craft said...

Dear Stephanie, these are so lovely! Awesome details! Thank you so much for sharing this tutorial!
Have a great day!
Hugs and love from Portugal,
Ana Love Craft

Pam Richardson said...

Sweet Stephanie, your tea napkins are so elegant and beautiful! I would liove to join you for tea, if only that was possible! Blessings sweet friend, Pam @ Everyday Living

Christine said...

These are really beautiful tea napkins. Your choice of colors and trim are so dainty, perfect for tea!
After making those beautiful mitered corners, you don't need to cover them up with trim.

Pam~ Virginia Retro said...

So beautiful! The fabric you used is so lovely, and I'm impressed by your talented sewing. Lots of eye candy here. :)

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

So pretty and will make such lovely gifts! I love your variety of fabrics and lace you use in all of your items.

Kate said...

Stephanie, your napkins are beautiful and you make the mitered corners look so easy.

Merlesworld said...

Very pretty.
Sadly you don't see many cloth napkins these days.

Vee said...

Darling! And a well done and easy to understand tutorial. I have never thought to make my own napkins, though I prefer fabric napkins.

Anonymous said...

Hi sweet Stephanie, Your cloth napkins are so dainty and pretty. A very clear and helpful tutorial. The fun part would be choosing gorgeous fabrics for the different seasons! These days, it is both economical and good for the environment to use cloth.
Wishing you a very nice evening. xo

Lorrie said...

Your napkins are so pretty. I call them serviettes, too, although napkin is becoming more common in Canada, too.
We use cloth napkins all the time, unless someone gives me paper ones.

Debby in KS said...

Beautiful! Thanks for sharing your tips on perfect corners.

Anna said...

They are so lovely !!!!! The perfect napkins to say "welcome" to a tasty cup of tea !!!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Absolutely beautiful my friend. Visiting you is like going back to my childhood where I remember standing over my mother's magical sewing machine that in a blink, created some of the most enchanting things...thank you.

hobbyloes said...

Your napkins are absolutely gorgeous, you have such a brilliant ideas.
We call them "servetten".

Karen@Southern Gal Meets Midwest said...

I agree Stephanie, cloth napkins definitely add a touch of elegance and are a must at my table for all holidays. Thanks for sharing how to make these lovelies...I am already thinking THANKSGIVING :)

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

What a fabulous tutorial, sweet friend, on making mitered corners!!! The napkins are just so adorable and make teatime or meal time extra special. Thank you for sharing this easy way of making homemade napkins. You're the best and I just love you!

Julie's Creative Lifestyle said...

Your tea napkins are beautiful and you are such a great sewer. I hope you enjoy the weekend.
Julie xo

KimM said...

Absolutley stunning and elegant, made by and elegant lady. Thank you for sharing!!

September Violets said...

So pretty, and you write a very clear tutorial :) I have quite a few cotton serviettes too ... they just feel nicer on your face than paper. Have a wonderful day!

Mrs. Chrissy T said...

Beautiful. I would love to learn to sew.

Lowcarb team member said...

They look so pretty.
You've made them look so simple to make too ... if only I could sew!

All the best Jan

Marilyn @ MountainTopSpice said...

Well my goodness, isn't this the best tutorial yet.. mitered corners! I love how easy you made this look, and how awesome your "serviettes" look! (My grandma called them serviettes too, I had to smile when you said that, I could just hear her voice saying "now fold the serviettes for the table"... oh dear Stephanie, these are just delightful, and your pictures are swoon-worthy too! I love the lighting you always have for your pictures! Hugs to you today dear friend!!!

Kelly @ Homespuns 'n Hayfields said...

Hi Stephanie, the "serviettes" are very pretty. I think Grandma probably got the serviettes from her English heritage. I'm guessing!! You're right though, it is a more proper way of saying it. I always say napkins, she always corrected me lol!! Love Aunt Kelly

Conniecrafter said...

Stephanie these are just gorgeous, I do love the professional perfect corners you achieved sewing them this way and you always have such a lovely way to embellish them also. I love the fabric and lace you used in the dinner napkins!!! Thanks for sharing how you made them!!
Have a wonderful weekend ahead :)

Oliva Ohlson said...

Very pretty serviettes! Thank you for sharing step-by-step directions to sew perfect mitered corners. There's nothing better than cloth napkins for tea or dinner parties!

Lillie said...

Thank you for the tutorial. The teacups are so pretty.

Gina E. said...

How charming! I have a huge collection of vintage embroidered napkins (we call them serviettes in Australia...well, I always have!), so have never thought to make any myself. But your napkins are so sweet, and so easy to whip up, I am going to get some of my Christmas fabric out and made some napkins for this year!
I have just finished making another teacup coaster using Christmas fabric, and now that I've got the template right (after my initial disasters, lol) it turned out really well, so I'll be making more for little extra gifts. I have also made a pair of doiley coasters after seeing yours. I've posted them all on my blog if you have time to pop across!
Lots of hugs as always,

Prunella Pepperpot said...

Such beautiful napkins Stephanie! I love all of them and the lace and daisies give them your special touch.
Stunning china!
Have a wonderful weekend :)x

Margie said...

Your serviettes are so pretty that I'm almost afraid to use them around food. Hee!

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

I have a large collection of napkins, for tea and dinner and do love using them.
While on the MI tea tour we ladies had a discussion on 'serviette' vs 'napkin' and discovered the lower class called the cloth squares serviettes and the upper, napkins. My family calls paper, serviettes and cloth, napkins. Interchangeable no doubt. :-)

Barbara Neubeck said...

... hello Stephanie.... I've been absent for a bit and I'm now catching up with my blog visiting ....

I love your little napkins , they are so pretty I think I'll be making some for Christmas...

The orange roses are Gorgeous... I love the coloured edging on the petals ..

I like the coasters you made too... would go great with the napkins.. xxx

You have some beautiful things in your shop.. you are a clever and lovely lady...
Thanks for sharing your ideas...

...Barb xxxx

Peabea Scribbles said...

You are always so giving with your sharing of the most lovely things that you make. Thank you. May have to try some. Would be so lovely to have tea in your lovely atmosphere. I agree on the cloth napkins. So funny when I use them, and even my kids hate to use and want to know where the paper napkins are during the holidays. I think they make a much prettier table setting; especially at the holidays.


Peabea from Peabea Scribbles

Debbie said...

they are really beautiful stephanie, i always love your fabric choices!!! i didn't get the corner instructions at first, but caught on quickly and that makes such a beautiful difference. so pretty stephanie, often it's all in those pretty little details!!!

Mimi said...

Dear Stephanie, these are so bright and happy, how could one not smile whilst enjoying tea! I hope you are well, dear one. Love, Mimi xxx

Sheryl said...

These are so pretty Stephanie and have me thinking that I ought to make a few and especially some festive ones for Christmas. They look easy to make too, thank you for the tutorial.

Red Rose Alley said...

These fabric napkins are so creative, Stephanie. They are delicate and pretty, and go well with the lovely tea cups. Every time I see your delightful tea cups, I smile, because they are so unique and one of a kind. The 'lady in blue' tea cup and saucer is gorgeous - would love to find one like that. :)

Sewing is such a talent, so please keep sewing. My mom was a great seamstress, and made all my clothes growing up. :)


My thrift store addiction said...

Hello, sweet Friend! Just wanted to let you know you will be featured at tomorrow's Vintage Charm party!

janice15 said...

O my I just love these napkins all so pretty with the teacups.. Perfect for tea .. Thank you with love Janice

Lu Ann @ The Cup of Life said...

These are so lovely! Certainly a wonderful addition to tea time. P.s. in love with all the teacups here too...

Mary E. Stephens said...

Hi, Stephanie. Just thought I should let you know I shared this post with my own blog readers last Friday. :-) Thanks for a great tutorial.

My family used cloth napkins most of the time when I was growing up and living at home. My parents still do. I dropped the practice after I got married because it wasn't turning out to be practical in our way of living, and because we had a drought and I needed to conserve our well water. I never went back to them, although I still like the idea. :-)

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