How To Sew A Bow Tie Napkin (Video)

Steven and Chris

I love simple projects! And this one is great because it’s a two-for-one. I got hands-on with Steven and Chris, and the three of us sewed this easy bow-shaped dinner napkin that doubles as a fun bow tie.

Watch here…

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Host, Steven Sabados:
Welcome back, everybody. Well, just before the commercial break, we were showing you how to create these fantastic, cute little bow napkins; and here to show us how easy they are to make is sewing genius Denise Wild.

Host, Chris Hyndman:
Yay!

Steven:
Hi.

Denise Wild:
Hi.

Chris:
Welcome, sweetie. How are you?

Denise:
Very good, thank you.

Chris:
Good, good, good. Those are beautiful napkins–

Steven:
How cute.

Chris:
—like little napkins. I love the way they look on there, but you – we’re going to make them ourselves.

Denise:
We’re going to make them ourselves. They are so simple to make and then they really dress up the table; you can play with the colors and play with the patterns.

Steven:
Totally.

Chris:
I love it. Okay, so what’s the first thing we need to start with?

Denise:
So the first thing we start with is a square fabric.

Steven:
Yep.

Denise:
We’re doing sixteen by sixteen square napkins.

Chris:
Okay.

Denise:
And we have cut them out an inch longer on all sides. So these are actually seventeen by seventeen squares.

Steven:
Yep.

Chris:
Okay.

Denise:
And we’re doing what you call a double-fold hem.

Steven:
Okay.

Denise:
So I’ve turned over the sides a quarter inch, we’ve pressed it down, and then we’re turning it under another quarter inch.

Steven:
Very good.

Chris:
So why do you do that? Why do you have to do a double-fold?

Denise:
Well we have to do that so it prevents the fabric from – or the raw edge from fraying. You need a finished edge on your napkins.

Chris:
Okay.

Steven:
Oh, yeah, yeah.

Denise:
And this one is very easy. You know, you don’t have to be super skilled to be able to do this one.

Steven:
Exactly.

Chris:
So I’m going to be able to paw my way through this, is what you’re saying?

Denise:
Mm hmm. You can definitely do it.

Chris:
Okay.

Steven:
Okay.

Denise:
So we’ve gone through and I’ve pressed over a quarter inch, a quarter or um – half an inch and half an inch around four sides.

Steven:
Yes.

Denise:
And we’re just going to sew it all the way around.

Chris:
Okay.

Steven:
And, now, is there any special sort of fabric that we need for this, Denise, or can we use anything?

Denise:
You can use anything. I’ve chosen a cotton, because it is absorbent for napkins.

Steven:
Sure.

Denise:
And also it presses really easily. And, actually, what I’m going to get you to do is sew from the right side of the fabric.

Steven:
Oh, right side. That’s the wrong side.

Denise:
So we’re going to do what is called a top stitch–

Chris:
What do you mean by “the right side of the fabric?”

Steven:
The good side.

Denise:
You want to have the wrong side facing down.

Chris:
Oh.

Denise:
So you’re looking at the finished – the proper finished side.

Chris:
How do you-? Steven, how do you automatically know what the wrong side is? To me, it’s just four sides.

Steven:
Well, that’s the wrong side.

Chris:
That’s the wrong side? What’s the wrong side?

Denise:
The wrong side is how your back is; it’s the back of the napkin.

Chris:
Oh, I see. And you push that down?

Denise:
Exactly.

Chris:
Okay.

Denise:
So we’re sewing on the right side of the fabric and–

Chris:
Oh, we’re sewing on the right side?

Denise:
Yes.

Chris:
Right. Oh, okay.

Denise:
You have it.

Chris:
I’ve got it. I think I have it.

Steven:
Okay.

Chris:
Okay. So we sew–

Denise:
Okay, backstitch a few–

Chris:
Oh, backstitch. I’m too–

Denise:
—and then go all the way forward.

Chris:
Oh, uh, oh!

Denise:
That’s okay. We can do it on the way around.

Chris:
I’ll do it on the way around.

Steven:
Can mine go faster?

Denise:
Yes, it can. Um, no. Actually, yours–

Chris:
Can mine go faster too? Because mine’s going really, really–

Denise:
It’s got speed control in the front, so you can make it go faster.

Chris:
Where? Really, where’s the speed control?

Denise:
It’s these little arrows right here.

Steven:
Mine’s on full blast.

Chris:
Whoa, whoa!

Denise:
So what we’re going to do–

Chris:
Okay, okay, okay!

Denise:
—when we get to the end, because we’ve gone through and pressed all the edges–

Steven:
Yeah?

Denise:
—when you get to the very end, you want to be careful that everything’s tucked in–

Chris:
Okay.

Denise:
—where it’s supposed to be.

Chris:
Right?

Denise:
When you get to the bottom, we’re going to do what’s called a pivot.

Steven:
Oh, a pivot, Chris. Christopher? Listen.

Chris:
Pivot, pivot.

Denise:
Yeah, you’re going to have to pay attention.

Chris:
An actual pivot. And then we come back.

Denise:
So we’re going to leave the needle into the fabric, lift up the presser foot, and you slide it around.

Chris:
Okay. Wait, wait.

Steven:
And that way, yeah, the needle keeps the fabric all intact.

Denise:
Exactly. The needle keeps your fabric in place. You don’t have to worry about it sliding around.

Steven:
Okay.

Denise:
Yeah, so just keep going a few more stitches.

Steven:
Do that. And lift that. Spin around.

Chris:
Mine looks like it shouldn’t drink and sew.

Denise:
Okay, go ahead and take it a few more stitches down.

Chris:
Down?

Denise:
Yeah.

Chris:
And how do I pivot, sweetheart?

Steven:
Okay, oops.

Denise:
Alright.

Chris:
Pivot me.

Denise:
So then, you lower the needle into the fabric.

Chris:
So the pivot – okay.

Denise:
Lift up the presser foot and swing it around.

Steven:
(whistling)

Chris:
Got it.

Denise:
And then you lower the presser foot again and we just keep sewing forward.

Steven:
Okay, I’m almost done.

Chris:
Are we good – are you really almost done? Okay, I’m going to go. Going to go. Oh, mine went right off the tracks. Uh, oh!

Steven:
So, okay. So–

Denise:
So you’re going to pivot around all four corners and do it in one continuous stitch all the way to the end.

Steven:
That’s so easy. Okay.

Denise:
It’s really easy.

Chris:
Okay.

Denise:
You’re just pressing under your raw edges and then finishing.

Chris:
So all four are done?

Steven:
Cool.

Denise:
Yep.

Steven:
All four are done.

Chris:
You know, okay. I – I’m – yeah, okay. So this worked out really well for me. I’m not as bad as I thought I would be though–

Steven:
No, you’ve done– you’re pretty good.

Chris:
Yeah.

Denise:
I think you have a hidden talent.

Chris:
Yeah, okay. So we get the four sides done.

Denise:
Okay, so once you’ve done the four sides, we’re going to take a piece of ribbon and I’ve pre-cut ribbon for us to six inches right here.

Steven:
Okay.

Chris:
And I have one here.

Denise:
And this is going to be our napkin ring. Now we’re using ribbon, because it’s so much easier than working with fabric to bother sewing something really small.

Chris:
Yeah.

Denise:
So all we have to do is finish up the ends and prevent them from fraying.

Steven:
Okay.

Denise:
And I brought a little fire with us too.

Steven:
Oh.

Chris:
Oh, we’re going to have a smoke?

Denise:
So, we’re going to–

Steven:
That’s funny.

Chris:
Maybe we’ll use a cigar to celebrate.

Denise:
We’re going to light our little candles–

Chris:
Oh, we’re going to get the mood.

Denise:
And that way we’ll melt the edges of the ribbon.

Chris:
Okay.

Denise:
And that will prevent it from unravelling.

Steven:
And this is grosgrain ribbon, right?

Denise:
Exactly, grosgrain. It’s got the little–

Steven:
We have to watch, because–

Chris:
This is a flame thrower, isn’t it?

Denise:
Yeah.

Steven:
Yeah, it is. Yeah, totally.

Chris:
Great.

Denise:
So I have little water dishes in case we get out of control.

Chris:
Okay. I got it.

Denise:
So what you want to do is bring the edge of your ribbon close to, but not touching the flame and just move it quickly. You’ll see that it kind of melts in. You just don’t want it to catch on fire.

Chris:
Well mine just did. Yeah.

Denise:
Dip it in the water.

Steven:
Smells like—

Chris:
Oh, just dip it in the water, yeah. No, if I don’t that won’t –

Denise:
So you’re doing both sides of that just to prevent it from unravelling.

Steven:
Oh, cool.

Chris:
Oh, really?

Denise:
Yeah.

Chris:
Okay.

Denise:
And, in case you’ve caught yours on fire–

Chris:
Yeah. You’ve got something?

Denise:
I have one that’s already done.

Chris:
Do you have one of them for me?

Denise:
Yeah, because–

Chris:
Because, I’ve got this one already–

Denise:
Yours is smoking over there.

Chris:
Mine’s turning into a flame thrower. I got this–

Denise:
This one’s already melted.

Chris:
And you know what I do love though? I love the fact that this is cotton and this is– this ribbon is done in a–

Steven:
It is beautiful.

Chris:
—you know, it’s a different material, because then it has that sort of contrast.

Denise:
Exactly.

Chris:
Which is so beautiful.

Denise:
Definitely.

Steven:
It’s gorgeous.

Denise:
Definitely. So what we’re doing with these ribbon pieces is we’re going to sew on some Velcro.

Chris:
Okay.

Steven:
Oh.

Denise:
So that’s your napkin ring right there.

Chris:
Okay.

Denise:
So we’ve got two pieces of Velcro in front right here.

Chris:
Oh, okay.

Denise:
Yours is black–

Chris:
Yeah, yep.

Denise:
—to go with your green.

Chris:
Right. So you stitch one on one side?

Denise:
Exactly. So we’re going to stitch one on one side.

Chris:
Yeah.

Denise:
And the other goes on the other opposite side.

Steven:
Right.

Chris:
Uh, oh.

Denise:
Now what I want to talk to you about with sewing Velcro.

Chris:
Oh, no. Show me that–

Denise:
Just do one at a time.

Steven:
Okay, we do one at a time.

Chris:
Okay.

Denise:
Yeah.

Steven:
Okay, yeah.

Chris:
Okay.

Denise:
So you just position it over top of your ribbon.

Chris:
Yeah.

Steven:
Yep.

Denise:
And then we’re going to sew it in place all the way around.

Steven:
Oh, so like a little square all the way around.

Denise:
Exactly, exactly.

Steven:
Okay.

Denise:
Now with Velcro, people might not know this, but you can just sew it with a regular presser foot a regular needle.

Chris:
Oh, really? Okay, so there’s nothing–

Denise:
Just do your backstitch–

Chris:
—there’s not no Velcro needle that you might need for it.

Denise:
Exactly.

Steven:
A Velcro needle.

Denise:
So let’s slide it in there–

Steven:
Let’s bust out the Velcro setting.

Chris:
Okay.

Denise:
And you’re going to do your backstitch and then we’re pivoting around the corners, just like we did on–

Chris:
That’s what I thought. I knew there was a pivot coming, yep.

Steven:
Okay.

Chris:
Oh, up and back and forth. Okay.

Steven:
Okay, done.

Denise:
Oh, you’re done?

Christ:
You’re done already?

Steven:
Totally.

Chris:
How can you be done already?

Steven:
I’m done. I did the whole little square stitch and the whole bit.

Chris:
Okay, could someone remind me how to pivot again?

Denise:
So we lower the needle into the fabric.

Chris:
Yes.

Denise:
By using the hand wheel–

Chris:
Oh, and twirl.

Denise:
Then we lift up the presser foot and then you go–

Chris:
Twirl it in. And we’re using the same– yep.

Denise:
Before you press the pedal again lower your presser foot.

Chris:
Yeah.

Denise:
And then continue to sew.

Chris:
Has anybody lost a finger under these needles before, you think, in the history of people?

Denise:
No.

Steven:
No.

Chris:
In the history of sewing.

Denise:
Alright.

Chris:
Cool.

Denise:
Once you have it on the one side, you’re going to take your other piece of Velco–

Steven:
And just stitch it onto the other side.

Denise:
—and sew it into the other one. Exactly.

Steven:
Okay, cool.

Chris:
Twirl.

Steven:
We have some here.

Denise:
How are you doing with that?

Chris:
Um, really well. Really, really well.

Denise:
Yeah.

Chris:
Really well. I’ve got it done. Look at that everybody. I did it. It’s done. See, there we go.

Steven:
Good for you. There you go.

Chris:
We’re good. I’ve got a perfect little square there too. Look at that.

Denise:
Yeah, you did a great job.

Chris:
I did. So I’m just going to hot glue the other one on, okay. And there we–

Steven:
You should blow your candle there. We’re going to have a disaster.

Denise:
Might want to.

Chris:
Okay, here we go.

Denise:
Okay.

Chris:
Okay.

Denise:
So, this is yours.

Chris:
Pre-done.

Denise:
Pre-done.

Chris:
How we doing for time, Ann?

Steven:
This is us. We’re good?

Chris:
Are we almost out of time? We’re almost out of time.

Steven:
So–

Chris:
There we go.

Steven:
Now we’re going to give them– the folding of this, right?

Chris:
Okay. So–

Denise:
Yeah, so what we’ll do for the napkins to make the little bow tie: just fold them in quarters. So now we have the sixteen by sixteen inch square that we’ve made.

Chris:
Yep.

Denise:
And we folded in quarters.

Chris:
Yep.

Denise:
And then just kind of squish it and gather and fan it.

Chris:
Oh, how cute is that.

Steven:
As we just gather it we have a little bow.

Denise:
Yes.

Steven:
And I like these little– you could change the color up on these little Velcro do-dads here.

Denise:
Exactly, because it’s so easy to sew. It, you know, doesn’t require a lot of skill and you can do them–

Steven:
Now how much– how much–

Chris:
Except mine.

Steven:
—how much would these be to make? Roughly about?

Denise:
Well, because you don’t use much fabric, you could buy a meter of fabric and fit a ton of them in. I’d say, maximum two dollars, because our ribbon is very inexpensive as well.

Steven:
Two dollars, is all. That’s adorable.

Chris:
This is incredible. And they’re so cute. So easy to use. Oh, look how beautiful that is. Oh, look it. When you start entertaining, you take it off- you take it out and boom. You’re ready to go.

Denise:
Oh, you’re missing one.

Chris:
Oh!

Denise:
You need the black and white one.

Steven:
I’ve got mine.

Denise:
Tuxedo style.

Chris:
The black and white one.

Denise:
There you go.

Chris:
Here we go. Here. Cute. Yeah, usually I do this with a tank top on. There you go. With dancing.

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