TIme for a refresh? Learn how to easily sew yourself some new upcycled napkins from cushion covers? Just get yourself some bargain cushion covers or other fabric from your pound shop, dollar shop or thrift shop and sew them into some lovely new upcycled napkins ready for your next visitors!
I love looking around our local Poundland to see what I can use to make something new. Last week I spotted some blue and grey cushion covers that were mostly cotton fabric and were the perfect colours for some new upcycled napkins!
We don’t have a bargain store that sells cushion covers near us.
If you don’t have a bargain shop near you how about thrifting? If you’ve never thrifted before, let me warn you, it’s addicting! Our charity shops are closed at the moment so I’m looking forward to when they open again.
Are you a thrifter or bargain hunter? We’re on a fairly tight budget and I’ve grown to enjoy finding those bargains. I have a list of bits we need on my phone so that when I’m passing by a charity shop, if I have time I pop in to see if they any of the bits we need.
You can get all sorts of bargains from clothes to household items and toys to home decor. I managed to make and fill four story sacks for our little Grandson with thrifted and bargain shop items!
How easy is this upcycled napkin sewing project?
It’s easy! If you can use an iron, sew a straight line on a machine or use a needle and thread you can do this! Even children could make these with adult supervision.
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Let’s just give this a go!!…
Okay, let’s get sewing these upcycled napkins!
Firstly you’ll need to take your cushion covers or fabric and trim them to make squares. Mine were approximately 14 inches or 36 cm.
I trimmed two of the sides using a wide ruler to get them square. (You can also use a large book to get the first two sides at a right angle.
Next I took that corner and folded it up diagonallly to make a triangle. I then used those cut edges to cut the other two sides to make an even square.
Then you’ll need to iron down a hem 1/4″ or 1cm hem on all sides, all the way around.
Next you will need to fold that hem over again to create a double fold hem.
Once this is done it’s time to sew the seam a couple of mm in from the inside edge of the hem.
If you’re using a machine then you’ll need to sew right to the edges and then go back a little to sew in the point of the corner of the hem.
If you are hand stitiching hide your knot under the first corner and then sew with a running stitch.
But if you’re helping a child to do this you can draw faint dots on the reverse side to guide them.
Continue sewing neat running stitches all the way around.
Just repeat this process until you have all of the upcycled napkins made. I was able to get four napkins out of the two cushion cover I brought so a cost of just £2.
If you’re a thrifter, I’d love if you could share your best bargain in the comments below!
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Rotary Cutter This makes all the difference when cutting straight lines on fabric, Not suitable for children, this is SO sharp!
Cutting Ruler (with lip edge, essential for safety with a rotary cutter.) You can’t get my exact one but this is the closest.
Plates – Poundland