Today, I was going through piles of stuff I have been collecting from a sewing room clean up. I found these dinner napkins that my sister gave me a while back. They are either dinner napkins or bandanas, but I do know they were only $1.00 each at Walmart. You can probably find cloth dinner napkins in the clearance rack some where too.
I wanted to do something with them and a pillow came to mind. I know I could just sew 2 napkins together, but I wanted to experiment with another project I did a few years ago.
Here are the napkins...
21 inches square.
Do you remember this coaster tutorial I did over 2 years ago? Click HERE to read that.
Well, I'm going to try and make a Jumbo one for a pillow cover. Truly flying by the seat of my pants, so we'll see how this goes!!
You will need 5 cloth dinner napkins all the same size ( or fabric you want to cut yourself)
- One placed right side up
- the other 4 folded in half, with right sides out.
Fold the 4 in half and iron.
I have a color coded, step by step picture tutorial below if this gets confusing with all the same black and white fabric.
Start with one napkin right side up...
Place one folded napkin on top of the base napkin going vertically with the fold towards the middle. Match edges on the bottom.
Now place your 2nd folded napkin on the right, vertically and the fold towards the middle again.
3rd napkin towards the top going horizontally again, fold towards the middle.
Now the 4th napkin has an extra step, but it's easy.
Place the folded napkin on the left side, vertically, fold towards the middle...
Before you lay the 4th down all the way...pick up the first napkin...
Now lay down your 4th one all the way...
and flap over the 1st one on the 4th. I know that sounds so confusing, so check the color coded cheat sheet below.
Here it is with all 4 folded napkins layered over each other.
Pin all the way around.
Here's the best part...you sew ALL THE WAY AROUND...without stopping!! No opening
Trim seams and corners.
Reach into the center opening where all the folded edges come together.
and turn right side out.
Go back into that center area again and stuff in your pillow form.
DONE!!! No seam to sew up! I love that part.
Here's the back and the only problem area. I told you I was flying by the seat of my pants.
The pillow makes it puff up and the little opening shows.
For me, I don't care. I'm using it for back support when I sew...
or on the computer.
I still think it's a great way to make a pillow...
- easy to make
- uses pre cut napkins
- one straight stitch all the way around
- no seams to close
- easy off to wash
I just love the black and white check too!
Here is the Color Coded Cheat Sheet for you.
Remember folds towards the middle!
5 squares all the same size.
Fold the 4 you want to show on the front
1st on the bottom...
2nd on the right...
3rd on the top...
4th on the left...
Lift the 4th...
then lift the first...
fold down the 4th...
Flap over the first...I know you hate me right now LOL It is easy though!
Sew ALL the way around.
Turn right side out and iron flat.
You can make anything in any size with this tutorial...coasters, pillows, pot holders, little purses etc.
Use all the same fabric, 2 different ones or 5 different fabrics. It's up to you. Just SEW!!!
Happy National Sewing Month,