You can make napkins for your Thanksgiving table with inexpensive cotton fabric. Use leftover fabric in dinner roll baskets, wrapped around wine bottles, or over a stack of books to heighten a floral arrangement for a tablescape. Using the instructions provided here, you can turn remnants into a nice decorating prop.

To make four napkins, you need the following:

  • 1 yard of fabric (any width)

  • Matching thread (For a no-sew option, use fabric glue.)

  • Scissors

  • Straight pins

  • Sewing machine (not necessary if using the no-sew option)

  • Tape measure

  • Iron/ironing board

After you collect the materials you need, follow these instructions:


Cut four 18-inch squares from the fabric.

For your Thanksgiving napkins, use fall colors.


To finish the edges with a narrow hem, fold all edges of fabric approximately 3/8 inch to the wrong side and press.

After folding in the edges of your fabric, press each corner in to make a triangle.


Fold the edges in again to make a mitered edge.

A mitered corner sounds complicated, but it is just a 45-degree angle formation at the corners of your fabric.


Use a small straight stitch on the sewing machine to hem the edges using a 1/4-inch seam allowance.

For a no-sew option, use fabric glue to bond the edges.