I hope you all have sergers on your wishlist this holiday season – they bring joy into my heart. Homemade napkins are one of the easiest projects you can do with your new toy. I just upgraded to the new Brother Project Runway serger, so to test out my rolled-hem skills I made a set of dinner napkins.
A simple rolled hem gives a crisp finish to the fabric edge, making them easy-breezy. And it’s fun to have cute fabric napkins for a jillionth the price of store bought.
I almost feel like the machine just did it for me and it doesn’t even count as actual sewing. Why, let me show you in this dorky video…
Get the full Simple Serger Napkin DIY after the jump…
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Simple Serger Napkins
I used Alexander Good Earth Poppies from Fabricworm and black thread in my serger. Dinner napkins are traditionally 18″ square. You can cut your fabric to about 1/4 wider on all sides. I didn’t have enough fabric to make them that big, so I made mine 15″. They’re a little small. At least 16″ would have been better. But anyway, they’re fine. So cut your fabric squares and thread your serger with matching thread.
Now set your serger to rolled hem and place one edge under the presser foot.
Serge the rolled hem along the first side:
When you get to the end, extend the chain of stitches for a bit.
Now repeat on all four sides.
You will have a chain of stitches hanging off each corner like this:
Cut it off and dab a dot of anti-fraying fabric glue. I like Aleene’s Stop Fraying.
You’re done. Hi, that was ridic easy.
I even made a mini set for my niece out of the fabric scraps. Fun to have matching napkins in tea-party size, right?