Free Napkin with Mitered Corners PDF Project from Stitch by Stitch

on September 22 | in Sewing Tutorials + Patterns | by | with 102 Comments

Yesterday we interviewed Deborah Moebes about her new sewing book, Stitch by Stitch: Learning to Sew One Project at a Time. Today we’re excited to offer a free PDF project from the book for a Fancy Napkin with Mitered Corners. As Deborah writes in the book, this project will help you make the “neatest, tidiest corners!”

Download the Fancy Napkin with Mitered Corners PDF project today! It gives you a good glimpse into the step-by-step instructions and photos in the book, as well as Deborah’s friendly, clear teaching style.

Remember, you can purchase Stitch by Stitch: Learning to Sew One Project at a Time through this link with a 10% discount for Sew,Mama,Sew! readers (Coupon Code: SEWMAMA10, expires 10/1). You can also comment to win on today’s post or yesterday’s interview for your chance to win one of two copies of Stitch by Stitch!

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102 Responses to Free Napkin with Mitered Corners PDF Project from Stitch by Stitch

  1. apple tv says:

    Can I just say what a relief to find someone who actually knows what theyre talking about on the internet.

  2. Laza says:

    Definitely a great find, since I’m a new sewer.

  3. Judith says:

    This is great! I am returning to the little bit of sewing I learnt as a child and I really like the look of this book!

  4. Lori says:

    Thank you for the tutorial! As a self-taught sewer who often makes things up as I go along,I like how the book clearly explains and shows how to do basic steps.

  5. Leah says:

    Found this just in time to make some Christmas napkins. Saw some great fabric at Spotlight now I have an excuse to buy it!

  6. Theresa N. says:

    What a well written tutorial. If the rest of the book follows suit, I’m sold. Thanks for the sampling and op to win!

  7. miktha says:

    thank you! i can use this technique for another projects with corners…

  8. Jenny says:

    I love the clear pictures. I’ve been wanting to make some small napkins to pack with lunches.

  9. KT says:

    Great tutorial–love the step by step directions and all the pictures!

  10. Jen says:

    Would love the book.

  11. Caroline says:

    Perhaps in the step-by-step part the red thread is used so we can see the zig zag stitches, and in the final picture a coordinating thread was used?

    I think the tutorial is very well done; super pictures, very clear instructions. I’m quite interested in picking up the book, even if we are all a bit perplexed about the last picture not matching what we see above =)

  12. MrsHellbillyHero says:

    Please enter me! I can use all the help I can get with my sewing skills!

  13. Rachel0 says:

    What a great tutorial–I think I definitely want this book!

  14. Jennifer says:

    I have a stack of “scraps” I’ve been wanting to make napkins with… I have this dream of having napkins for every season. Maybe now I’ll get started…?

  15. katieska says:

    Like the tutorial, but like others, I was thrown off for a minute by the last pic, which shows the edges double-folded under rather than zig-zagged. How would one do the mitered corners with the folded edge?

  16. min says:

    Wait!!! I don’t get it. In the last frame, it looks like perhaps the seam was folded under because I don’t see the zig zag at all and there is no rough edge. I’m missing the magic trick for that.

  17. Anna says:

    Yep. Definitely would love to own this book now!! It looks perfect for learning a whole lot of stuff that I don’t know about sewing!!

  18. Laura says:

    Great tutorial! Thanks!

  19. Keri says:

    I loved the tutorial on mitered corners. It finally clicked!

  20. bprinz says:

    oh, please! I never win anything! Maybe this time???

  21. Grace says:

    I love the clear pictures with the instructions — I’d love to have the book and learn more different sewing techniques!

  22. Ellen Ban says:

    After looking at how the PDF is done, I know I want this book!

  23. Rebecca says:

    Fabric napkins are a wonderful addition to the household and this looks like a great pattern!

  24. jessieaucoin says:

    so despite my confusion on the lack of exposed edging in the finished product, i’m really interested in reading through this book and making some of the projects.

  25. Sara says:

    How did you know I have been putting off making new napkins and that I have been looking for a mitered corner tutorial?! Thank you!

  26. Katrina says:

    What a great tutorial!

  27. Shelly says:

    Yay! I would love to make some fancy napkins! Thanks for the free pattern.

  28. Erin says:

    I was just looking for a good napkin tutorial, but the ones I was finding didn’t address the corners. This is fantastic! Thank you.

  29. Michelle says:

    Great tutorial, I was just getting ready to do some napkins for a housewarming gift.

  30. Celeste says:

    Love this–thanks!

  31. Sade says:

    Great tutorial. I think I need to sew some napkins for daily use!

  32. Kristin says:

    If I may offer an extremely humble and uneducated opinion regarding the different fabrics in the pictures: I think the plain fabric was chosen in the “find the grainline steps” because it may show up better in the photography. It could perhaps be more difficult to demonstrate these steps with a print, so that’s why it was used- for clarity. 🙂

  33. Farscapegirl says:

    I just love mitered edges! Great share – and Thanks for chance to win her book!

  34. bruinbr says:

    This book looks fantastic! Will have to run to Borders to get a copy if I’m not one to the lucky ones! ;P

  35. empirewaist says:

    Ooooh! This book looks so great!!!

  36. Mama Lusco says:

    I love cloth napkins and will definitely check this out!

  37. Tina L. says:

    Very clear tutorial. Would love to own the book.

  38. Marcia W. says:

    Wonderful tut!

  39. Trudy McLaughlin says:

    I have a friend in mind that this would be a great gift for!!!

  40. Darla says:

    Two out of two posts are telling me I have to have this book! I think it was created with me in mind, but in reality I think many of us out in the real world are eager to become better at sewing. We just need a bit of direction. Thanks so much for the clear, detailed directions. I have many napkins ahead of me!

  41. darci says:

    thanks for the pdf- i have a spectrum FQ pack waiting to be made into napkins

  42. Leslie says:

    Thanks so much for the pattern!!!

  43. liz says:

    I’m with Aditi and Cricket. The last picture (and the first one for that matter) does not match up with the instructions. I would really like to see the instructions for what’s pictured. I’d love to know how to do a mitered corner that’s also a folded hem instead of the zig-zag edge. Maybe I’ll win the book and find out if those instructions are included on a later page.

  44. Kathie says:

    Thanks for the tutorial. Just what I needed as I keep trying to weed out those paper napkins. Also thanks for the giveaway.

  45. Maia Willcox says:

    Ah ha! Mitered corners. It all makes sense now.

  46. Kristin says:

    This is a great little project. I always wanted to have napkins like these, and now I can!

  47. Wendy D. P. says:

    Super cute! Thank you!

  48. Em says:

    Oh, how much fun! I love cloth napkins, and think they’re great gifts for everyone this year!

  49. Sara says:

    I’m trying to switch to all cloth napkins and this will help!

  50. tanya says:

    thankyou! i have 20 squares of upcycled bed sheet waiting for me to beautify into family napkins. perfect!

  51. Amy says:

    I am a novice who is itching for something to sew, and have some fabric just waiting to become napkins– with this wonderfully easy to follow tutorial, I now have no excuse. Thank you!

  52. Sara A says:

    These are really great instructions. If they make sense to me, anybody will be able to do it!!

  53. Katie says:

    Awesome! I want to make napkins now!

  54. Tiffany says:

    I’m intrigued!

  55. Great! Hope I am one of the lucky one’s

  56. Jessica says:

    I’m impressed by your easy to follow instructions. I love that you include multiple methods. Thanks!

  57. Valerie says:

    Very nice tutorial. Extremely thorough! Thanks!

  58. amy dame says:

    thank you so much for the free project! i love cloth napkins, and usually snag them from thrifts, but i’ve been meaning to make a “fancy” set with more modern fabric. now i know exactly how to go about it!

  59. Ashley says:

    This project is just in time for Christmas – thank you so much for sharing! I’m excited to try mitering corners, I’ve never tried it but I think I’m going to go for it.

  60. Tanya Hug says:

    Would love to win this book to increase my sewing skills as well as be able to teach my darling daughter to sew.

  61. Sherri S. says:

    Nice! Mitering looks scary to a beginner like me, but apparently not so rough! Thanks so much…

  62. patricia says:

    This is a great place to start. Maybe for a more advanced sewer this is not a light bulb moment but for me, I never thought of overcasting pattern pieces before I sewed them together. Very well done!

  63. Lynn Henry says:

    Thanks for sharing a great tutorial. I look forward to seeing your book!

  64. Genevieve says:

    Ooh lovely!


  65. holly says:

    Thanks for the napkin pattern! Can’t wait to get a good look at the book.

  66. Kristin says:

    I absolutely cannot wait to get my hands on this book!! I’ve been waiting a long time for an instructional with both fun AND inspired projects. Really love the fabrics used! Awesome.

  67. bleuvanille says:

    I love the approach taken by this book, thanks for the free pdf!

  68. Sarah ford says:

    Love this! I am making napkins and placemats for Christmas and this came just in time!

  69. Mary Lou says:

    Great tutorial. Thanks

  70. Cricket says:

    Wow, that is a really detailed book. I was completely sold until I got to the bottom and the pictured napkins were different from the ones in the tutorial (which had the red zig-zags). I read and re-read the directions, trying to figure out the reason for the discrepancy, until I finally figured that maybe those are the suitable-for-company napkins she refers to and that technique is taught on future pages? If so, then I am very tempted to get a copy. Not just for the napkins, but because I love to learn sewing skills and it seems like she might just have some good ones to share.

  71. Megan L says:

    Thank you so much! This is such a great tute!

  72. Stephanie says:

    Thank-You I just love the great photography and the feeling that this book is a real teacher!

  73. Kimiko says:

    I love the way this is written. So conversational & easy to understand. I’ll be the book is fabulous!

  74. Shirley Clark says:

    I love making napkins, but I’ve just never been successful at mitering. I hope this helps.

  75. MamaBee says:

    Thanks for the tutorial. Just what I need!

  76. Rachel says:

    Thanks for sharing this great tutorial. I love knowing why things are done a certain way or why one way is better than another. This tutorial was done so well that I wasn’t left with any questions. Thanks!!!

  77. Laurel says:

    Wonderful! Thanks!

  78. Fawn says:

    Thanks so much for sharing this. This pdf provides the easiest/clearest explanation of mitering I’ve read yet!

  79. Jenn says:

    Love the napkins!!!

  80. Kris says:

    Thanks for the pdf! I’m so excited about the book – it looks awesome!!

  81. faye a b says:

    omg! i never win anything in my life and with my birthday this friday, i gotta win, right?????

  82. Alana says:

    Thank-you for the wonderful tutorial. I love Deborah’s style and would love to own her new book!

  83. sewiknittoo says:

    I think this is a great book from the sample download I love how it shows you what skills you will acquire from doing the project. I hate sewing books that seem to leave out what details they feel are mundane but her book has nice photos of every single step I’d love to be the winner of a copy of this book

  84. char says:

    Thanks ~ I see some great Christmas presents for my friends ! Napkins galore!

  85. Linda says:

    I would love to win this book! Thanks for the free PDF!

  86. Hilary says:

    What a great idea! And that book looks awesome.

  87. Jennifer3 says:

    The book looks great, and thanks for the PDF!

  88. thanks, my household is tissue free as ahile pack i sewed a pile of hankies. I was thinking it was about time to switch to cloth napkins, thanks for the great pdf file!

  89. Jenn says:

    Thank you for posting the free project. New napkins are in order with the changing season and I think it will be much more satisfying to make my own with the help of Deborah’s PDF. Thanks again!

  90. Lennye S says:

    You can never have too many cloth napkins. Thanks!

  91. robyn says:

    can’t wait to try this, thanks so much! p.s. – Deborah is as lovely in person as she is in her interview. you should check out her wonderful shop Whipstitch in Atlanta!

  92. KristieS says:

    Can’t wait to try this! Our family is really trying to get away from using so many paper products, so this is perfecting timing.

  93. Denise M. says:

    Eureka! It makes total sense! Thanks for the tutorial. I will be doing this.

  94. alison says:

    Thanks for the free project!

  95. Kelly Sas says:

    I am a sewer at about intermediate level. Deborah’s free PDF is a great refresher even for me. I would have LOVED this project when learning to sew. Great step by step instructions!

  96. Katrina says:

    Yea! I use cloth napkins everyday!

  97. Simone Caldwell says:

    I love this! Thank you so much! I’ll be doing this project with my daughters, they can make napkin sets as teacher gifts for Christmas.

  98. Aditi says:

    Funny how the instructions do not actually produce the type of seams shown in the finished item on the last page of the pdf!

  99. Stacy says:

    Awesome! Thanks for the PDF pattern!

  100. Sharon T. says:

    Thank you for the project! Great directions and pictures!

  101. QSOgirl says:

    the mitering technique is so easy– didn’t realize it was so simple. now i want to make a bunch of napkins! 😉

  102. Chris Aiton says:

    great tutorial – thanks so much

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