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Super duper simple napkins from vintage bed sheets.
I cut squares 15 inches across, and used a 3/8" seam allowance. This makes more of a casual/picnic sort of napkin. If you want something fancier or something for very messy people, I would suggest cutting the squares 20-22".
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
I was "inspired by Pinterest". Here is a link to my "home" board, filled with inspiration mainly using vintage bed sheets and other vintage sorts of ideas. I focused on the napkins I saw using vintage sheets, some of which had lovely rickrack trim inserted in the seam allowances. I'm just so lazy, though, and didn't have that much rickrack, so I did my own thing and just put a short strip of rickrack on a diagonal of one corner.
Cut two squares and place them right sides together. If you are inserting rickrack or other trim in the seam allowance, you will run it along the edges before sandwiching the two layers and pinning in place. I put my diagonal strip of rickrack between the layers and pinned each end. Stitch around all edges, pivoting at corners and leaving an opening a few inches long in one side. Clip corners and turn right side out. Press nice crisp edges and topstitch all the way around, being sure to catch both edges of opening. Ta da!
Vintage bedsheets from the thrift store.
photo showing reverse sides of napkins
If you know someone with a retro or shabby chic home aesthetic, vintage sheets are a great material to use for making napkins (or placemats, or tablecloths, or anything!) as a gift.
photo showing three ways to fold!