You know what the perfect project is to practice straight-line sewing on the machine?
Making some fancy schmancy cloth napkins!
You get to practice sewing around the edge with a nice, straight, 1/4 inch seam allowance, and then you get to go around the edge again with a topstitch.
So here’s a free pattern for you.
What You’ll Need
- Two squares of fabric. I use 12-inch squares but you could go a little larger or smaller if you like. The two fabrics can match, can coordinate, or can be completely random – it’s all up to you. I usually use a print and a solid that I think looks good with it.
- Matching thread
- Sewing machine
You read the part about this being good for practicing sewing straight lines, right? This is definitely for beginners.
If you want to get really fancy you can embroider on one of the squares of fabric before you sew them together. Maybe an initial? Or a flower? Or a small beetle? Draw whatever you like right on the fabric and then choose an outline stitch from the embroidery lessons and stitch over your drawing.
We have a big stack of colorful napkins in our house and everyone has their own favorites. This is a great way to use up random bits of favorite fabrics.