Learn to Sew and Please Your Neighbors.

Bolt Neighborhood welcomes this post by Autumn, who is a teacher at Bolt, blogger, friend, and neighbor.  Find out more about Autumn and her talents and world here, and find out more about this class here.


Making your own cloth napkins is a very practical first sewing project. Cloth napkins are so easy to make and very useful.  They also make a great housewarming or hostess gift.

I have wanted to make cloth napkins for our home for a long time, but not until I signed up to teach the class was I inspired to make my first cloth napkins.  I have a feeling I won’t be able to stop.   My new napkins are loosely based on the Fat-Quarter Napkins in the Weekend Sewing book by Heather Ross.


R., my 4-year-old son, has a very strong opinion about what cloth napkin he will use.  When setting the table he makes sure to give himself his favorite napkin.  The multi colored floral napkin.   He will not wipe his mouth on one of the boring striped napkins.  So, when I went to my fabric shelves to pick out fabric for our new cloth napkins I had R. in mind.  I chose some old Denyse Schmidt fabric with flowers for one side and plaid for the other.  R. will be able to wipe his mouth on the flowers and I’ll have my love of stripes on the other side.  The true test will be tonight when I ask him to set the table and see which napkin he chooses for himself.


If you are interested in learning how to make these napkins you can sign up at Bolt.  The class is a one night learn to sew class on August 12th, from 6:30-9:00 pm.