This is part 25 of our series 31 DAYS of Giving Handmade! You can find links to the entire series, in order, on our Giving Handmade Index Page. I'll add each new link as that day is published.
This is a simple project that doesn't really need much explanation. The fabric I used is a linen/rayon blend. Linen is sturdy and holds color really well. It gets better the more you wash it, too. It's great for napkins. 1 yard of fabric makes about 12 11-inch napkins.
Start by ripping a 1-inch strip along the grain along the cut end of the fabric. This will give you a straight edge. Hopefully the fabric store wasn't too off-grain so there won't be too much waste. Measure 11.5 inches from the ripped edge, and rip again. Continue to rip the rest of the fabric this way, and then measure and rip the other way, until you have 12 squares.
Pull out a few threads from each side to make a fringe. Then use embroidery thread to sew a simple design into each corner. If you use a small, even running stitch, it will look almost the same on the front and back.
These napkins are easy to make, and barely take any time. I added all of the leaf designs while watching a movie with the kids.