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Throwing a Dinner Party? Whip up These 5-Minute DIY Linen Napkins

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Today I’m going to show you an incredibly easy tutorial for how to make napkins in just five minutes. I had a dinner party I was throwing with some friends and wanted to make something special for the table, so I came up with these. Ready to get your DIY on?


  • linen fabric in the color of your choosing (Note: you”ll need 1 yard of fabric for every 2 napkins, depending on how many you want to make.)
  • scissors
  • thread to match the fabric
  • iron
  • sewing machine


  • Start out by cutting your pre-washed fabric into 18×18 inch boxes. That is a standard dinner napkin size.

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  • Fold the edges over about 1/4 to 1/2 inch and iron down. You can do mitered corners if you’d like.

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  • Zigzag stitch down the folded edge and you’re done! Easy, huh?

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Jacinda Boneau is a fabric designer and founding co-editor at Pretty Prudent, the premier design and lifestyle blog providing inspiration and instruction to help anyone create beautiful things, food, and experiences for their friends and family.

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