How to Edge a Napkin (or Anything Else) with Crochetcomments (12) November 26th, 2008
Add a dainty touch to your holiday table (be it Thanksgiving or any other occasion) with delicately edged napkins. You can edge most anything that you can sew or embroider on—from cocktail napkins to table runners—so if you're short on time, try whipping up just one or two to decorate your table. If you'd like to make your own napkins for this project, check out Kayte Terry's tutorial near the end of her Leaf-Printed Napkins post.
The first step to edging your napkin is to make a blanket stitch all around the outer edge of the piece. You can check out Erika Kern's great tutorial right here if you want to do this by hand—truthfully, doing this by hand works out easier since you can leave the stitches slightly looser than the sewing machine will allow. To stitch by machine, select the blanket stitch, install your edgestitch foot (if you have one), and stitch all around the napkin, as close as possible to the edge of the fabric.
You will work the edging into the sewn stitches you just made. Warning: this can be a tedious process, but once you get past the first round, the work will become much easier. Use the smallest steel crochet hook you have (I used a size 12, 1-mm hook) to make it easy to get under each stitch. I worked this border with size 10 crochet thread—mine has a sliver of gold spun in for extra fun.
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