Handmade Cotton Napkins with Heat Transfer Vinyl - DIY Simple Cloth Napkins

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These Cup and Saucer handmade cotton napkins which I made for my daughter, are so adorable and easy to make. They would make such a great hostess, shower, or Mother's Day gift... and really, who wouldn't love them! 

I used lightweight 100% cotton. Simply cut the fabric into desired size; don't forget to allow for your hem. My fabric was 34 inches wide, so I cut 17 inch squares. This allowed me to get 4 napkins from a yard of fabric, and the finished size is 16 inches square.

For the hem, I folded over about 1/4 inch, pressed,  folded over 1/4 inch again, and gave it another good pressing. The corners are mitered and I followed the process that Thersa on the Spoonflower blog recommended here. Her method produces nice, neat corners without a lot of extra bulk. I used a zig-zag stich to finish them off.

My Cup and Saucer SVG was the file I chose to decorate the napkins. I used ThermoFlex Plus (other brands will work just fine) heat transfer vinyl and matched the colors to Angie's Fiestaware dishes. 

Be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions for applying your brand of vinyl. I have a heat press that I used for this project. The temperature was about 335 F. I applied a Teflon sheet between the design and the heatpress platen, and pressed for 17 seconds. Then I peeled the clear transfer sheet from the design and pressed for another 17 seconds. DON'T forget the Teflon sheet or you will have a mess! Of course, if you don't have a heat press, an iron will work fine. Like I mentioned, though, be sure to follow instructions for your HTV and method of application.

If you give this a try, I'd love to see your finished project!

Laurie


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