Personalized Mitered Napkin Tutorial

Hello Everyone,

November is one our favorite months here at AGF because it’s the month of giving thanks and being grateful for friends and family. Of course we should celebrate this everyday out of the year, but November is the month most of us no matter where you live will travel home to be with family and friends. Dinner tables will be set and amazing amounts of food will be prepared!


To make your dinner table extra special this year we want to share with you a quick and easy personalized napkin tutorial. To create this project we used the Joyeux Alphabet print from the Joie de Vivre by Bari J. Choose whatever letter you want and fussy cut! For the napkin we used our luxurious outland yarn dyed fabric called Endless Paradise. We have five different yarn dyed fabrics to choose from and it is perfect for napkin making. So grab a color and let’s get started! You can pick up these fabrics online or in your local store.

AGF loves the gift of giving and one thing we love giving away is fabrics! If you love our new yarn dyed fabrics and prints from Joie de Vivre (which I think goes together so perfectly), then get ready to enter this amazing FABRIC GIVEAWAY! With this bundle (pictured below) have fun creating this napkin tutorial or other gifts to give away this holiday season! See details at the bottom of this post, and good luck!


Finished Napkin – 15″ x 15″

Materials to make a Personalized Napkin:

  • Fabric A – JOI-79129-Joyeux Alphabet
  • Fabric B – DEN-OYD-6000- Endless Paradise
  • Fabric C – PE-433-Snow

Cutting Directions
One (1) Fussy Cut 5″ x 6 1/2″ rectangle from Fabric A
One (1) 17 1/2″ x 17 1/2″ square from Fabric B
One (1) 4 1/2″ x 6″ rectangle from Fabric C (lining)

Cut Steam-A-Seam for pieces from Fabric A and C 1/4″  smaller than the pieces.

Other Materials Used:

  • Sewing machine (we use a BERNINA 570 QE)
  • Reverse pattern foot #1/#1C/#1D
  • Blindstitch foot #5
  • Seam Gauge
  • Spray Starch
  • Fabric Marking Pen
  • Clear Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Aurifil Threads Used:
    • #2021- Natural White
    • #2430- Antique Rose
    • #1231-Spring Green


Step 1: Creating Mitered Corners

Press over 1/4″ all four sides of your 17 1/2″ square from Fabric B. Our yarn dyed fabrics are perfect for napkin making with its wonderful texture and open weave. Spray starch works great to keep fabric from distorting when pressing your raw edges in. Use generously! I also like to use a press cloth when ironing. Once you fold all edges in 1/4″, fold over and press at 1″ all four sides.



Now to create the mitred corners. Open up your piece but do not unfold your 1/4″ fold. Fold your piece in half diagonally.


Match up the crease lines created from the second time you pressed the edges of your napkin. Pin in place, and place the edge of your ruler against the edge of the diagonal fold. Place the the corner of the ruler at the intersection of the crease lines.


Draw a 45 degree diagonal line across the folded corner. This will be your sew line. Sew along the line, making sure to leave 1/4″ turned under as you sew. Trim your corner leaving a 1/4″ seam allowance.


Turn your piece right side out and use a sharp object like a pencil or a point turner to make a nice sharp corner.


Open up the seam allowance. This will help your your corner to lay nice and flat. Repeat this step for your remaining corners. Then topstitch close to the edge. I like to use my Blindstitch foot #5 to get close to the edge and using the metal guide to keep my stitch nice and straight.


I topstitched my napkin on the outside edge as well and then alternated topstitching about 1/8″ with different color threads. The middle stitch I used a triple stitch to have it pop out more then then the rest of the stitches! Feel free to also use some of the  wonderful decorative stitches Bernina has to offer. The possibilities are endless!


Step 2: Letter Applique

To create the letter applique in the center of your napkin, fuse Steam-A-Seam to your 4 1/2″ x 6″ rectangle from Fabric C, then fuse to the back of your 5″ x 6 1/2″ fussy cut letter. Next, fuse Steam-A-Seam to the back of your piece and place it on the center of your napkin, and press into place. Topstitch twice with two different color threads to make your letter pop off the napkin!


To fray the edges, use your finger nails and scratch the fabric back and forth until you can pull a few threads to unravel the fabric. The fraying detail adds a lovely detail that I think works beautifully with the organic look of the yarn dyed fabric.



And voila your napkin is complete! Set your table as desired. These personalized napkins will be sure to be a hit at your family and friend get togethers this holiday season.

Happy Sewing,


Enter now for a chance to WIN a bundle of AGF’s yarn dyed fabrics and prints from Joie de Vivre for your very own! One lucky WeAllSew fan will receive this fantastic fabric gift. All you have to do is post a comment below and answer the following question:

What will you sew to help decorate your table or home this Thanksgiving season?

Open for comment entries to the giveaway until Monday, November 21st at midnight CST. Giveaway is open to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia who are 18 years of age or older. A winner will be chosen at random later next week, and announced right here!


Congratulations to our WeAllSew reader “beckyb1342”, the winner of the bundle of AGF’s yarn dyed fabrics. Enjoy!

129 thoughts on “Personalized Mitered Napkin Tutorial

      1. Mitered corners tutorial very clear. What I am making is a small table runner 12″x30″ that I am using thermolam as batting so it can be used as a big hot mat since Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners are buffet style. Might not get to these as gifts, but hope I get one made for me

  1. I’m making some placemats just so that I can have something special to add to my table. I have that alphabet fabric and was wondering how I could use it.

  2. I just made my first quilted table runner! It was pretty exciting as I am just learning how to sew! I love these napkins though, and will have to add them to my projects list!

  3. Love this tutorial ~~ thank you! Have some placemats in process but I highly doubt they’ll be ready for Thanksgiving, lol. These fabrics are so gorgeous!!

  4. Not making much for me, but I’m working on a small quilt for a friend who has gone through breast cancer and now was diagnosed with lupus. As if she needed more to deal with! Hoping a small quilt to wrap up in makes her feel loved, because she dearly is.

  5. This year I’m working on a table runner for my mother in laws table. Always like to bring a nice host gift, and think it’s even better when you take the time to make it yourself. I love the idea of the napkins, THOSE LETTERS SWOON…. <3

  6. I love those fabric choices for the napkins. The lettered fabric is gorgeous! If I have enough time I will make a table runner to match my placemats and centerpiece.

  7. I’ve been leaning to sew on my grandmother’s Bernina 1630 that she handed down to me so I’m going to make some fall placemats with some leftover fabric!

  8. I confess. With Thanksgiving only a week away, I probably won’t get anything new sewn to decorate my table. But it will have a table runner that I made last year! Thanks for the beautiful napkin tutorial though. I could get those done in time for Christmas.

  9. Not likely I will be able to finish ANYthing any time soon, but would LOVE to be able to make the napkins and other goodies with the methods taught in the tutorial! Those fabrics are lovely!!

  10. I’m planning to make some napkins this weekend to use for Thanksgiving and everyday. I have this alphabet fabric, and I love the idea of fussy cutting and making personalized gifts!

  11. Fabric B – DEN-OYD-6000- Endless Paradise, the fabric used for the body of the napkin, looks as if it is substantially the same on both sides. I think it would give texture and interest to have the hem on the front of th napkin

  12. Love the tutorial, but what i really appreciate are the fabric styles you highlighted, as well as the creative application on a timeless and classic napkin! Sweet!

  13. Well, I wasn’t planning on doing any sewing for Thanksgiving, but now that I’ve seen those napkins…I’m thinking of maybe making a placemat version of them. So cute!
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  14. I love the method for mitering napkins. My own method is much more cumbersome and bulky. I have plans for holiday napkins, but will be using this method for constructing them rather than my old method. I think I will have to update the plans for the fabric as well!

  15. This weekend, I will be sewing up a few small stuffed pumpkins to add to a Log Cabin table runner I made last month! With some sprigs of artificial berries and leaves, it will be so pretty on my dining room table!

  16. IF I were to sew anything for my table this year, it would have been a lovely runner. But, I do NOT need one more decor thing, really. What the kids do need is doll clothes. So G-ma has been busy with those right now. I don’t even have to host Thanksgiving anymore! My house is far too small for the big group now. We go to one of the kid’s who have HUGE homes now. So we fit!

  17. I had made a small set of napkins … but no mitered corners! Back to the sewing machine for me now that I have the info that will make those corners possible.

  18. I won’t be sewing anything for Thanksgiving. A couple of years ago I passed the baton to my son and daughter-in-law. The fabric is beautiful and I would love to win it. Thank you.

  19. We will not be eating Thanksgiving at home this year, so I am not doing much decorating. However, I love making cloth napkins, and this fabric would go along way to make napkins for holiday gifts.

  20. Love this tutorial!! Great pictures and well written instructions make all of the difference. Thank you for the chance to win the beautiful fun fabric.

  21. Thanks for the tutorial! So much easier & neater than what I’ve done. And your fabrics….are WONDERFUL !! Just about to finish a Christmas/winter table runner of snowmen.

  22. Love the idea and mitered corners! I’m working on a large Christmas wall hanging with lots of applique I started last year. Hope to get it finished this week!

  23. I am making linen guest towels and I am using my B500 to embroidery a turkey on one and a pheasant on the other. I am also thinking about making personalized napkins with a monogram or other design instead of using place cards for the Thanksgiving table.

  24. I have napkins cut out and heavily starch to do a hem stitch. I haven’t completed them because I wanted to do a mitered corner and was unsure how to proceed until now!!! thanks for this tutorial.

  25. I will be making name tags and napkins for our Holiday Dinner. I love setting a beautiful table with china, silver and crystal. Then holiday appropriate table linens.

  26. The fabric is lovely and I would make beautiful placemats. Thanks for the awesome tutorial on mitered corners and for the chance to win some beautiful fabric.

  27. Good tutorial for mitered corners. I especially liked the idea of sewing multiple lines of different colored thread around the hem. Nice addition to a plain fabric. Thanks.

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