Handy Dandy Double-Sided Wrap-Napkins

©Tracy L. Chapman & Sew Thankful Inc. May 2009.  All rights reserved.

Permission to copy and distribute this complimentary project at no charge to others, for personal or NON-PROFIT use, for guild and non-profit group projects is granted provided all copyright information and references to Sew Thankful are kept in tact on each and every copy printed/distributed. Permission is also granted to individual crafters making small quantities of finished items to sell at craft fairs, boutiques, etc.

Tracy Chapman and Sew Thankful Inc. grant permission for this pattern to be used for classes, kits, and teaching as long as the pattern itself remains free of charge to the end user.  Shops may charge for the other tangible items in the kit (fabric and other related materials), but there is to be no charge for the pattern itself AND all copyright information must remain in tact and legible on each and every copy printed.

Tracy L. Chapman & Sew Thankful Inc. shall have no liability with respect to loss or damage caused directly or indirectly by the information contained in this project.  SEW THANKFUL and the SEW THANKFUL logo are a federally registered Trademark/Service Mark of Sew Thankful Inc.

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Handy Dandy Double-Sided Nappy Wrappies
Handy Dandy Double-Sided Wrap-Napkins

If you’re like me, you’re always looking for quick & easy, useful projects that can make great gifts or brighten up your own living space.¬† In an effort to pretty up our table and keep paper out of the landfill, I started making fabric napkins for our family (and as gifts) a year or so ago.¬† I had been using the single side, hemmed edge method, as shown here on this page (click here).

This year I decided to kick it up a notch and make double sided napkins.¬† When I showed my double-sided napkins to Cindy (one of our employees), she told me about some fabric napkins she had once been given that had ties sewn into one edge so they could be used to wrap silverware for each place setting.¬† That sparked an idea in my mind…and a new use for Handy Tabs by LazyGirl.

Double-sided napkins require more fabric than the single-sided version, but this method is actually faster and easier than the single fabric method, in my opinion.¬† It’s also very handy to be able to wrap, roll & tie your silverware ahead of setting the table or preparing a buffet. Or…make them without the ties if you prefer.¬† They¬† make wonderful basket or box liners and would make lovely, simple vase or centerpiece mat. Once you learn the technique, it’s easy to make them any size you want to serve a variety of purposes.

I’ve made table napkins anywhere from 12 inches square to 20 inches square.¬† Vase or centerpiece mats could be much smaller…or larger…depending on your vase/centerpiece size.

Materials required:

–>Two pieces of fabric.¬† My favorite size table napkin is 18″ square, finished.¬† That means for each napkin I want to make I start with 2 pieces of fabric cut 18 1/2″¬† x 18 1/2″.¬† Using contrasting colors for each side makes for really fun nappies. Whatever finished size you want, simply cut your fabric 1/2 inch larger¬† in each direction (both height & width).

–>If making the with ties version, you’ll need 2 Handy Tabs for each napkin you wish to make.¬† Keep in mind that Handy Tabs are polyester.¬† Set your heat (iron or drier) accordingly.

NOTE: If you wish to make napkins larger than 18″ finished, we recommend you make your own tabs/ties¬† measuring 3/4″ x 5″.

–>Good quality coordinating thread for construction.

–>Decorative threads, if desired, for topstitching.

Instructions:

Cut fabric as specified above.

Press both pieces of fabric.

Lay one fabric piece on top of the other, with RIGHT sides together (wrong side facing you).

If putting ties on your napkins, open each Handy Tab and press so that they are open and flat as shown–remember to check your iron temperature and adjust to POLYESTER setting so you do not damage the Handy Tabs.¬† If you are not putting ties on, skip to the next step.

Press Handy Tabs open so they lay flat and measure 3/4" x 4"
Press Handy Tabs open so they lay flat and measure 3/4″ x 4″

Place your two Handy Tabs (layered one on top of the other) between the layers of fabric approximately 4 1/2 inches from the bottom of one corner as shown in the picture below.¬† Place Handy Tabs so that ends extend 1/16 to 1/8 ” past the raw edges of your fabric…just a tiny smidge so you can see them. Pin in place as shown.

NOTE:¬† If you are making napkins other than an 18″ finished size, calculate placement of the Handy Tabs as follow:¬† Finished size divided by 4.¬† Measure up that distance from one corner and place Handy Tabs.

Once Handy Tabs are pinned in place or if you are not putting ties in… Use a 1/4″ (.25) seam allowance and start sewing approximately 6″ from any corner.¬† Stitch a 1/4″ seam allowance all the way around each side, stopping and pivoting at each corner until you come to the final side where you started.¬† STOP sewing approximately 4″ – 6″ BEFORE your beginning point…leave this open so you can turn your napkin right side out.

Press napkin completely flat while still wrong-side-out to set the seam.

At the 4″ – 6″ open edge, fold and press the un-sewn 1/4″ seam allowance open/back toward napkin center.

The 4" - 6" open area is pressed open/toward center of napkin, using a 1/4" seam allowance.

The 4" - 6" open area is pressed open/toward center of napkin, using a 1/4" seam allowance.

Clip corners carefully, do not cut into stitching

Clip corners carefully, do not cut into stitching

Reach through opening.  Turn napkin right side out.  Push corners out using a tapestry needle or awl to make corners crisp and pointed.

Press napkin well, making certain it is completely flat and wrinkle free on both sides as well as making sure the turned in edges of the opening area are aligned and even.

Topstitch napkin approximately 1/8th” from edge — begin sewing at the opening and topstitch all the way around napkin.¬† You may choose to use a straight stitch or you may wish to select a fancy stitch on your machine and/or use fancy decorative threads.

How to wrap your utensils:

Fold napkin in half so that ties are on the bottom most layer on one side or the other.  Place utensils on the opposite end from the ties.  Wrap and roll toward ties.

Wrap and roll utensils.
Wrap and roll utensils.

Separate ties as shown in the picture below, pulling firmly to the other side.  It may seem like the ties are too short, but they will be perfect.

Use firm, steady pressure and pull around in a single tie (NOT a knot).¬† Pull the tie nice and snug so it doesn’t slip until you’re ready to open.

Now you're ready to tie.
Now you’re ready to tie. NOTE…this pic shows the napkin rolled with the other fabric side out as compared to the previous picture.
Finished!

Finished!

Finished -- same napkin as above, but shown with the other fabric side out.

Finished -- same napkin as above, but shown with the other fabric side out.

I have tested washing and drying the “tie” napkins. The Handy Tabs hold up brilliantly…no problems at all.¬† Keep in mind, the Handy Tabs are polyester and set your heat (iron or dryer) accordingly.

Fold double-sided napkins without ties as desired to compliment and dress your table.

Enjoy!

Click here for a printable document file (PDF).  A RECENT version of Adobe Acrobat Reader is required.  You may upgrade or download it for FREE at www.adobe.com.

©Tracy L. Chapman & Sew Thankful Inc. May 2009.  All rights reserved.

Permission to copy and distribute this complimentary project at no charge to others, for personal or NON-PROFIT use, for guild and non-profit group projects is granted provided all copyright information and references to Sew Thankful are kept in tact on each and every copy printed/distributed. Permission is also granted to individual crafters making small quantities of finished items to sell at craft fairs, boutiques, etc.

Tracy Chapman and Sew Thankful Inc. grant permission for this pattern to be used for classes, kits, and teaching as long as the pattern itself remains free of charge to the end user.  Shops may charge for the other tangible items in the kit (fabric and other related materials), but there is to be no charge for the pattern itself AND all copyright information must remain in tact and legible on each and every copy printed.

Tracy L. Chapman & Sew Thankful Inc. shall have no liability with respect to loss or damage caused directly or indirectly by the information contained in this project.  SEW THANKFUL and the SEW THANKFUL logo are a federally registered Trademark/Service Mark of Sew Thankful Inc.

29 Responses to “Handy Dandy Double-Sided Wrap-Napkins”

  1. Linda King says:

    Hello again Tracy,
    Thank you again for all the free patterns, the napkin ring pattern, they will certainly make a nice gift.
    Linda

  2. Peggy says:

    Be sure to preshrink your fabrics, maybe twice! I have made two sided napkins several times, and three times found that one side (a solid fabric)shrank more than the other (printed)side when I washed them after using them.

    If you prefer napkin rings to attached tabs, you can make them out of interfaced strips of matching or coordinating fabic. Either way, people love these napkins as gifts!

  3. Sharon Laney says:

    Thank you for the great ideas – I have been making cloth napkins for years but haven’t tried reversible with fun fabrics. Can’t wait to get started.
    Sharon

  4. Arminda says:

    Thanks for the great idea! I will tell our quilt guild about your blog and website. We will be making placemats and napkins for Meals-on-Wheels recipients this spring and this is such a fun way to make the napkins. It might even be possible to roll an 18 inch width placemat (without batting) inside of the napkin.

  5. Barb says:

    Great Idea. I am going to make some for my father. When my mother was still living, Dad loved the cloth napkins instead of paper. This will make a great gift for him for Christmas.

  6. Ann (Mama T) says:

    August 16, 2009

    I’ve made lots of napkins for Christmas gifts and this will really be neat made from 2 pretty Christmas fabrics. It’s about time to start working on our projects and Christmas fabrics are being advertised now On Sale, so per-fect timing. This will be a nice project. Thanks for all the good news-letters and free patterns.

    Mama T

  7. Lady Gem says:

    What a great idea, now I have something I can actually add to my “Xmas” gifts this year lol. I am making Table Runners and Place Mats now I can add the Napkins too :-). Thank you for posting this.
    LG

  8. Jean Zeiler says:

    Tracey,

    I want to thank you for all the great things you include in your newsletters. I is like getting an email from a sewing buddy!

    I made your scrunchy to match a pair of slacks that I bought and it looked better than any I have seam in the store.

    Now I am going to try the napkins, they would make a nice, I thought of you gift. Thank you, Jean in Maryland

  9. Kathy says:

    I love this pattern. Thank you so much. I appreciate getting your newsletter and great ideas. Keep up the great work. And thanks again for sharing.

    Kathy

  10. Bonnie Thiem says:

    Thank you so much for the free pattern of the Handy Dandy Double-Sided Wrap-Napkins. It is such a fast and simple gift. Yours was done up in Southwest fabric. My whole house is in Southwest. I live in NM.

    You are so kind. I will be coming back to your website.

    Bonnie

  11. Camilla says:

    Thanks for this wonderful project and I just love the tabs concept…. There are just so many ways that the napkins can be finished too depending on the fabric used… On plainer fabric one might even embroider a small design, for example….

    Thanks again,
    Camilla

  12. Phyllis Kendall-Hagen says:

    Thank you for your free projects and you poositive input. It adds so much to everyone who reads it. Never understand why people have to critique what has been so freely given to them.

    Thanks again for your generosity.

    Phyllis

  13. Vicki says:

    The Handy Tabs can be painted with Shiva Paintstiks for desired color if not available. Also paint zipper tape, teeth(not metal)sometimes the tab and Velcro.

  14. Sue says:

    Tracy,

    Thank you for the many kindnesses your share in your newsletters in words and patterns. They enrich my life in many ways.

    Sunshine and beautiful stitches to you always,
    Sue

  15. Mary says:

    I love the pattern thank you I have been looking for this pattern

  16. Tracy says:

    Hi Jodie,

    I have not tried making it with hook and loop tape, but certainly you could try that. The hardest part is actually tying the knot–which is NOT a full knot. And, since it is not a full knot, it actually comes undone very easily by sliding your finger between the tabs.

  17. jodie m says:

    have you ever tried it with hook and loop tape the length of the tabs for strenth so an older person could open the pack easier. I thinks some would have a hard time undoing the knot. It is an great idea for family dinners where there are lots of people!

  18. Linda says:

    Just wanted to send a “Thank You” for your encouraging newsletter and the wonderful free patterns!

    “THANK YOU”

  19. Julie K says:

    Thanks again for another great free project. You always have the best ideas that are simple.

  20. Thanks Tracy, I will make some for the party we are having for 4th July.

    Love, Alene
    PS. you have great ideas. I enjoy your website and projects.

  21. Tracy says:

    The British take on the word “Nappy” did not occur to me when I came up with the pattern name.

    It is rather funny if you think about it, though. It’s a good thing I didn’t use floral prints and call them “feminine” napkins. LOL

    Certainly, there are lots of words that have multiple meanings in a variety of cultures around the world. This is a FREE project/pattern–no one needs to refer to their finished napkins as the “pattern name”.

  22. Charlie says:

    I was wondering about the nappie name too: if you knew about the name. great ideas

  23. Joan says:

    Um, you do realize that “nappies” are diapers to our friends across the pond, right? Thought you should know….

    Joan

  24. Dee says:

    Thanks, Tracy. This looks sooooo easy; now I can make use of some of the novelty designs I enjoy using.

  25. Karen says:

    Thanks for pattern to use in class. How nice of you. Really appreciate it. Probably with you, also, it seems as teachers we all run into a time when our mind just goes blank and we need something for a class or club!
    Thanks again!

  26. Gayle in AZ says:

    Thank you so much for this wonderful pattern and all the others you so unselfishly share with those of us lead to your site.

    I’m so happy to have found you!

    Hugs and blessings,

    Gayle

  27. Pat Pope says:

    Thanaks for the cute idea. However, in Great Britain a “nappie” or nappy” is a DIAPER! You might want to just name them “napkins”

  28. Kim says:

    Great idea for me or a gift!
    Thanks!

  29. Jeannie says:

    Love this Tracy! I love those handi tabs too and nice to find another use for them. I have some cute fabric that I was actually wondering what to do with and this is it!

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