Fabric for Napkins and Placemats

These elegant pink linen napkins feature a rolled hem and a simple threadwork border which adds interest.

Fabric napkins, tablecloths, and placemats add style to your table. Fabric napkins are environmentally friendly, too, since they can be washed and used for years.

A wide variety of fabrics can be used to make placemats and napkins. Elegant napkins and tablecloths are often made with fine linen. More casual napkins and placemats can be made with broadcloth, and other cotton or polyester materials. Fabric for napkins must be flexible enough to roll or fold, while fabric for placemats can be stiff. Cotton duck and some drapery material is suitable for placemats.

Terrycloth and Irish linen displayed on oilcloth.

Wipeable placemats can be made with vinyl fabric, which is also called oilcloth. Vinyl fabric comes in wonderful array of designs and it does not need hemming. Simply cut it to the size desired. Use decorative scissors to give vinyl a scalloped or zigzag edge.

Gingham adds nostalgic charm to a casual dining area.

Gingham is a traditional fabric for tablecloths, and it still brings cozy style to the table.  Decorate the breakfast nook with gingham curtains to match the tablecloth.  If you have a breakfast area with a window seat, a gingham cushion and pillows can add charm.  Gingham now comes in many colors besides the traditional red and white. Checks can also be large or small.