Sewing for Beginners: Corners

Today, we are going to start our first small sewing project! We are going to learn how to make a cloth napkin (which means we’re going to practice making corners)! This is actually something I did in my first sewing lesson and it was much easier than I thought!!! The materials you will need for this project:

  • pins
  • cloth:a couple of yards would be fine-the amount depends on how many napkins you plan on making; cloth napkins can differ in size, measure out a scrap piece of fabric if you need to visually see how large or small you would like your napkins to be. Use some good ol’ multiplication/addition to figure out how much fabric you need to purchase. I sometimes like for my napkins to have different patterns on both sides, so purchase different patterned fabric if you would like! If you have some scrap fabric to practice on, great. I have found some really cute patterned fabric here.
  • coordinating thread
  • iron

I am going to make some napkins for Easter (I love decorating my table for whatever holiday is coming up)! I want my napkins to be around 12” x 12”.  I also like to have 6-8 napkins in a set. I will probably purchase 1.5 to 2 yards of fabric so that I can make around 8 napkins and also have leftover fabric in case I decide to make additional napkins later.

We will begin our project by cutting our fabric. For each napkin, make sure you cut two pieces for the front and the back (I will cut both of mine 12” x 12”).  Use your fabric scissors and cut as carefully and evenly as you can.

If need be, iron each piece prior to sewing to smooth out major wrinkles.

Now we have to pin our pieces together before sewing. Make sure the heads of your needles are toward the middle of your napkin, not the outside edge. Start by putting the right sides together (making your project look inside out). I begin by pinning mine in the middle and put a few pins on each side to hold it into place.

Begin in the middle of one of your sides. Don’t forget to put down your presser foot! Begin by stitching a few stitches, and then DON’T FORGET TO BACKSTITCH! Sew the rest of that side until you reach your first corner. When you get as close as you feel comfortable with, stop sewing but make sure your needle is in the cloth (if the needle stops and is not in the cloth, simply roll the balance wheel on the side). Lift up your presser foot and turn ninety degrees and put the presser foot back down. Continue sewing down the next side in as straight a line as you can. Use the lines beside the needle to help guide you.  Continue doing this with all of the remaining corners.

Leave a few inches of space from your first stitch because you will need to turn your napkin right side out.  After you have reached a few inches from the beginning stitch and have turned your napkin right side out, carefully hand stitch the remaining area. Iron out your napkin and you are finished!!!!!



  1. kimmie says:

    Hope you’ll continue teaching here. I was so happy to find your tutorials. Please keep up the great work!

    mama to 8
    One homemade and 7 adopted

    • Sarah Camp says:

      Thanks for the comment. I do plan on posting some new videos in the near future. My husband and I recently moved from one house to another and it’s taking some time to get readjusted and settled in. Hope to have some new content up mid-August.


  2. Heather says:

    Just received my first sewing machine and was so happy to come across your site with the oh-so-very-tutorials! Will you be doing more? I’d love to see how far you’ve come and what you’re working on now. ~ Heather

    • Sarah Camp says:


      Thanks for the encouraging comment. I am glad the videos have been helpful. I do plan to post some more soon. I have recently moved and it’s caused me to postpone posting some of my videos, but I hope to have some more up mid-August or so.


      Sarah C.

  3. Nicole says:

    I’m about to begin the process of teaching myself how to sew and have now watched all of your videos! You have by far the most helpful and easiest to understand videos that I have seen! Please keep making more! It would be really nice to be able to follow along with your videos!

    • Sarah Camp says:


      Thanks for the kind words. I took some time off from making videos and working on my blog. I hope to get back at it at the beginning of next year. Please keep me posted on what you’ve learned so far!

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