Dinner Party Patchwork

Can a mini quilt be a napkin?  Or a napkin a mini quilt?  Of course it can!  No better place to show off your favorite fabrics, and your fancy patchwork skills than the laps of your dinner guests.

Patchwork Napkins

Patchwork Napkins

I had such a blast this week teaching a beginner-friendly patchwork napkin class at my favorite local craft shop.  What a joy to see the satisfaction in my students faces when they opened up their very first half-square triangle.  Magic!  And I just love that their first patchwork project wasn’t a bed quilt or a baby quilt.  Not that I don’t adore bed & baby quilts (understatement of the century)- but what I really love about quilts is that they can be anything you want them to be…not just bed coverings & couch throws, but journal covers, bags, trivets, curtains, pillows, clothing…anything!   Including pretty little napkins :)

Napkin Class Collage

Patchwork Napkins

I think I’m going to keep this set for myself, but wouldn’t these also be a fabulous housewarming or hostess gift?  Or a special wedding gift with the couple’s initial embroidered in the corner?  Such a unique and unexpected gift.

Patchwork Napkins

Hope you’re stitching up something fun &  lovely this week too!



  1. Kathy Fair says:

    What a great idea and you can use up some of your stash this way too. Have a great weekend!

  2. MuzikalMama says:

    How fun! One question – how did you finish the backs?

  3. Maria Fortunato says:

    Another question: what is in the center? Batting? I always think of clothe napkins as a single heavy piece of material with finished edges.

  4. I love some pretty color at the table. :) Hope y’all have a fabulous weekend my friend!

    • Lovely idea. Great use of scraps. But I too want to know about the backs and whether you used batting or not.

      • Pamela, I use another fabric for the back. Sew together inside out, turn and then sew all the way around the edge. hope that helps??

  5. What a great idea! I have the same questions, though. Is there a backing or just ray edges?

    • Hi Sally! So glad you like my lil’ napkins! I did mine by just stitching them around the edges to a solid fabric piece, right sides together, then turning and top stitching. Fun, quick little project. Hope you’re having a fabulous weekend, and thanks for stopping by!

  6. Well done ladies :)

  7. great job! I also did that years ago and added a table runner too. the afternoon lunch table looked marvelous!

  8. What a great idea we use cloth napkins all the time. I think I would do a backing and quilt together with no batting.

  9. What a great idea and very pretty. Thank you.

  10. Cynthia Nelson says:

    What a nifty way to use your stash, plus pretty up your table! Great idea!!

  11. Love these!

  12. What a great idea!

  13. love them!! such a great idea!

  14. Great idea! How ’bout a mini tutorial with measurements, backing/quilting ideas, etc? Or I suppose we could just stumble through on our own… (;-0)

    • Hi Bridget! Thanks so much- glad you enjoyed these! There wasn’t much of a pattern…I just stitched up a few half square triangles using some charm squares and the drawn line method (or whatever method you most prefer), stitched them into a simple 9-patch block, and then created the napkin by stitching the block to blank square of fabric, right sides together, sewing all around the outside edge but leaving a 6 inch hole on one of the sides, then turning right sides out, pressing, and top stitching 1/8″ around the edge. Hope this helps!

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