I had some leftover peach linen from the hemstitched tea towels. Since there wasn’t a large enough piece to make another tea towel, I thought it would be great to use the remainder to make some easy napkins. I have some vintage napkins with fringe edges that I just love and were my inspiration for these cute napkins.
This project is pretty quick but it’s very messy. You’ll have quite a few threads piling up as you fringe the edges. The end result is worth the mess! Once you’re done, sit down to a lovely cup of tea and enjoy the look of your fringe napkins like I did!
- a large square of fabric
- seam ripper
Cut a square to your desired size, being sure it is cut on grain. For this example, the square is 14″x14″. Begin by switching to a zig zag stitch on your machine. Stitch 5/8″ or desired distance from the edge.
When you reach the corner, sink the foot down and pivot the fabric. Continue stitching until you’ve stitched along all the edges continuously. Snip the threads.
Using a seam ripper, gently pull a few threads from the selvedge as shown. Pull them out with your fingers. The threads will come away easily if you’ve cut the napkin squares on the grain.
Your finished edge should look as above. You can choose to continue pulling threads to the stitching or keep a few as an extra barrier. Repeat the last step on each edge to complete.