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Double Gauze Napkins With Mitered Corners - Sewing Techniques I Wish I Knew Sooner

Double Gauze Napkins  With Mitered Corners - Sewing Techniques I Wish I Knew Sooner

Sewing with double gauze can be challenging , but I recently made 25 double gauze napkins with mitered corners and I've made a video tutorial sharing tips and best practices working with this soft fabric.

Tips for Sewing with Double Gauze and Creating Mitered Corners

Double gauze is a wonderfully soft fabric, but its loosely woven nature requires some adjustments. Here are some tips to help you create beautiful mitered corners with double gauze:


  • Pre-wash Fabric: Double gauze tends to shrink, so pre-wash your fabric to avoid size issues later.
  • Check Your Sewing Needle: Ensure your needle is sharp. Run it over your nail—if it snags, replace it. If you hear a thumping sound when sewingor see the tip missing, also replace it.  
  • Prepare Extra Bobbins: If you are batch sewing like me, have extra bobbins ready to avoid interruptions.


  • Straighten the Edges: Press and straighten the fabric before cutting. Pull a thread to ensure you are working with a straight edge and you are working on grain.
  • Mark Sections Before Cutting: Measure and mark all sections before cutting. This ensures accuracy and helps in checking measurements. If you miscalculated, you will come up short for the last napkin.
  • Pull a Thread to Cut on Grain: After marking, pull a single thread at each interval to guide your cuts along the grain. Time consuming but worth it on double gauze and linen.

Pressing and Folding

  • First Fold: Fold the raw edge by 1 cm (3/8") and lightly press. It's more important to keep the edge straight than to measure exactly 1 cm (3/8")
  • Press Without Stretching: Lift and press your iron instead of sliding it to avoid distorting the fabric.
  • Use Stitches as Guides: If you can see them utilize the small stitches in the fabric to guide your folding and pressing. 

Mitered Corners (these points are best understood watching the video)

  • Marking the Corner: Unfold the second fold, leave the first 1 cm fold intact, and mark 5 cm (2 inches) from the corner on each side. Connect these points through the intersection of the creases for a precise line.
  • Aligning Edges: Ensure the edges are perfectly aligned before pinning. Pin 5-10 cm (2-4 inches) past the point for better accuracy.
  • Sew with Care: Start sewing within a little bit away from the edge, then backstitch to secure. Use tension on thread tails to guide fabric through the machine without pulling.

Final Steps

  • Trim and Turn: After sewing, trim the seam allowance to 0.5 cm (1/4 inch), press open the seam using your finger or nail, and turn the corners carefully.
  • Final Press: Press the edges again to prepare for topstitching.
  • Topstitching: Align the edge of the fabric with the presser foot gap, slow down near corners, and use the hand wheel for precision. Sew over the starting stitches to backstitch and secure the thread.

General Tips

  • Take Your Time: Go slow to avoid mistakes, especially with delicate fabrics like double gauze.
  • Adjust Techniques: Customize your methods to suit your skill level and preferences.
  • Stay Organized: Batch sew and organize your steps to maintain efficiency and accuracy.

I hope that by following these tips, even a beginner can create beautifully sewn double gauze napkins with perfect mitered corners. Happy sewing!

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Sewing a Mini Tote Bag: A Beginner-Friendly Tutorial

Sewing a Mini Tote Bag: A Beginner-Friendly Tutorial


In this beginner-friendly sewing tutorial, I'll guide you through the steps to create a cute mini tote bag that's both fun to sew and functional. I plan to use them as gift bags for books or notebooks. This one fits 2 size a5 notebooks. 

Getting Started

Before diving into the sewing process, it's essential to choose the right fabric. Opt for something like quilting cotton, which is easy to work with and comes in a variety of colors and prints. Additionally, ensure your fabric is on grain when you cut the pattern, though for a small bag like this, perfection isn't crucial. 

Sewing Techniques

We'll be using French seams for this project, which may sound fancy but are actually quite simple and provide a clean, professional finish. Don't worry if you're not familiar with them; we'll walk you through each step. This project is the perfect opportunity to give them a try and practice.


By the end of this tutorial, you'll have a charming mini tote bag that's perfect for carrying small essentials, to use as a party favor bag or as a thoughtful gift(bag) for a friend.

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Sew Fast - Drawstring Gift Bag with Just One Piece of Fabric!

Sew Fast - Drawstring Gift Bag with Just One Piece of Fabric!

easy and fast self lining drawstring bag video tutorial

let's create a charming self-closing drawstring gift pouch with just one strip of fabric! In the video tutorial I'll guide you through all the steps. This project is beginner-friendly. 

As you sew, press, and turn the fabric you'll see it, almost magically, come together from just one piece of fabric. Use the bag as a little gift bag or to store some knick-knacks.

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Unbelievably Easy Tissue Holder Sewing Tutorial for Beginners

Unbelievably Easy Tissue Holder Sewing Tutorial for Beginners

pocket tissue cover sewing tutorial for beginners

Can you believe it took me less than 5 minutes to cut and sew this pocket tissue holder? The process is not only fast but also incredibly fun. In this tutorial, I'll guide you through the steps, and I'll share the formula to creating a customized tissue holder to fit any packet size. 

Choosing the Right Fabric

I've opted for quilting cotton, but linen is a great alternative. The beauty is that you only need a small piece of fabric, so it's perfect for pretty scraps.

Crafting a Custom Template

To customize the size for different tissue packets, the video includes instructions for custom sizing. I tested this formula on a smaller size, to show how it works.

Watch the tutorial for a detailed guide and start sewing your own quick and easy pocket tissue holders! 

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Tiny boxed pouch with zipper tutorial

Tiny boxed pouch with zipper tutorial


I made this small boxy pouch to add a little bit of padding to my charger and cord that go into my knitting bag. It could also double as a small make up bag for a chap stick and blush. Or turn it into a little gift. 

You can make this tiny box pouch two ways – flat or turned into a cube by boxing the corners. 

I'll show you the step-by-step proces. We'll quilt the fabric, insert the zipper, use binding to finish the raw edges and box the corners. If you don't have batting, you could easily omit the quilting. If you want to give is some more structure without the quilting, use a fusible interfacing or a heavierweight fabric.

Tiny boxed pouch with zipper tutorial

Tiny boxed pouch with zipper tutorial

tiny zippered boxy pouch

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Easy Zipper Pouch with Lining: Beginner-Friendly Tutorial

Easy Zipper Pouch with Lining: Beginner-Friendly Tutorial

Zippered pouch with lining and no dented corners


Is every new sewer afraid of zippers? I certainly was! However once you get the hang of them they really aren't that bad and scary to sew.

The trick with sewing zipper is to start simple and zippered pouches are simple, don't need a lot of material and if you succeed you'll have a cute little pouch to use.

So In this step-by-step video tutorial, I'll walk you through the entire process, making it easy for even beginners to master.

For this project, I chose materials that strike a balance between weight and easy to work with. A cotton fabric between 150 and 250 gsm should be easy to work with and have enough body to it.

My outer fabric is a 235 gsm cotton from Ikea. As for the lining, I repurposed an old toile made from unbleached cotton. I can 't remember the weight but it's around 140 gsm. 

I let the length of my zipper determine the width pf the pouch. Zipper length (from slider to stop) is 15 cm [6 inches]. The zipper tape total is about 19.5cm [7.7 inch] I used this as the width of the fabric I cut, this way there is plenty of seam allowance next to the zipper ends once I sew the pouch. 

If your zipper tape is shorter, take the zipper length (from slider to stop) and add 4.5cm [1 3/4 inch]. This should give you about 1.5cm [ a scant 5/8 inch] seam allowance next to the end of the zipper.

Finished size of the bag 

  • 17 x 16 cm
  • 6.7" x 6.3" 

Fabric requirement (seam allowance included):

  • Outer 2x : width 19.5 cm x height 17 cm 
  • Lining 2x : width 19.5 cm x height 17 cm 
  • Outer 2x : width 6.7" x height 7.7"
  • Lining 2x : width 6.7" x height 7.7"

  • Gather Your Materials

    Before we begin, make sure you have all the necessary materials on hand:

    • Cotton fabric, look for quilting cotton in fun prints or a light weight canvas. Somewhere between 150 and 250gsm.
    • Lining fabric. Pick a complementary color or pattern. I always have scraps of calico / unbleached cotton on hand so that's what I used. The weight should be light than the outer fabric
    • Nylon or metal zipper with a stop at one end. 15cm [6 inch] 
    • Matching thread
    • Scissors ( or rotary cutter + cutting mat) 
    • Pins 
    • Ruler or measuring tape
    • Sewing machine 
    • An iron preferably with steam. Steam makes the proces of pressing so much easier. Even a cheap one will make a big difference and will work well on cotton.

     no dented sided lined zipper pouch - beginner friendly tutorial

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    How to Sew a Lined Drawstring Bag with Boxed Bottom: Step-by-Step Video Tutorial

    How to Sew a Lined Drawstring Bag with Boxed Bottom: Step-by-Step Video Tutorial

    Are you a beginner looking for a fun challenge to enhance your sewing skills? In this video tutorial, I'll guide you through the process of sewing a lined drawstring bag with a boxed bottom.

    This adorable bag, made with cotton fabric, is an ideal opportunity to make the most of  fabric scraps.

    The pouch is not only perfect as a gift bag but also ideal for small knitting projects or carrying snacks. Trust me, once you make it, you'll find endless uses for this cute bag!

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    Detached Chain Stitch Experiment: Creating Unique Hand Embroidery Flowers

    Detached Chain Stitch Experiment: Creating Unique Hand Embroidery Flowers
    detached chain stitch embroidery experiment

    Embroidery is an art form that allows you to express your creativity through delicate stitches and vibrant threads. If you want to take your embroidery to the next level and create more naturalistic and interesting designs, the key is to embrace experimentation. In this video tutorial, you'll learn how to use the detached chain stitch to embroider captivating flowers. We'll explore various techniques, such as the loop start method and the lazy daisy stitch, to add depth and beauty to your floral creations. Let's dive into the world of needle and thread.

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    Embrace Imperfection & Learn to Embroider Wildflowers on a Linen Napkin

    Embrace Imperfection & Learn to Embroider Wildflowers on a Linen Napkin


    In this blog post and video, we'll explore the art of embroidering wildflowers on linen napkins using the Lazy Daisy Stitch, French Knots, and Back Stitch. Plus, we'll discuss how embracing imperfections can create a naturalistic and charming look.

    Finding Inspiration:

    Before starting your embroidery project, seeking inspiration can be a great way to set the tone for your design. Consider exploring botanical books with diagrams and colorful illustrations of flowers. These can help you decide on the placement and design of your wildflowers.

    Planning the Design:

    For this project, a zigzag pattern along flowering stems is chosen for the design. To begin, crease the napkin to find the center of the corner and mark it with a water-soluble pen. For those who prefer working without a pattern, using paper circles as rough guidelines can help decide on the amount and placement of the flowers. However, don't be afraid to deviate from the initial plan and invite creativity while embroidering.

    The Loopstart, start embroidering without a knot:

    start your embroidery thread without a knot

    Using DMC six-strand embroidery floss is ideal for this project. Pull two strands but only use one to create a delicate look. To start your embroidery thread without a knot, use the loop method. This involves threading the ends through the eye of the needle, forming a loop at the fold, which will serve as the first petal of the Lazy Daisy Stitch.

    The Lazy Daisy Stitch:

    To create the Lazy Daisy Stitch, come up with an imaginary ring around the center of the flower. Then, go back down into the fabric where you came up and come back up where you want the petal to end. Form a loop with the thread and secure it with a small stitch. Repeat the process to form beautiful petals. Embrace imperfections, alter stitch lengths, and experiment with different placements to achieve a natural and charming appearance.

    Adding French Knots:

    French Knots add a lovely textured effect to your wildflowers. Start with the loop method but make a tiny stitch instead of a longer one for the petals. To create French Knots, wrap the thread around the needle a few times, hold the wraps under your finger to secure them, and make a small stitch while holding the needle in the fabric. Experiment with the number of wraps and strands for varying effects.

    Connecting Flowers with Back Stitch:

    Use the Back Stitch to connect the flowers and create the stem. Make single straight stitches, leaving gaps between them, and then go back to fill those gaps. Don't worry about perfect connections; slightly wonky lines can add character to your design, resembling pencil sketches and doodling.

    Finishing Touches:

    To ensure your embroidery stays secure, avoid crossing large distances without securing the thread at the back. Weave the thread through existing stitches to reach your desired starting point. To finish the thread, weave it through a few stitches and create a few knots. Leaving a small thread tail ensures that your masterpiece will withstand wear and tear.

    The Final Result:

    dainty wildflower embroidery on a rustic linen napkin
    Once your wildflowers are embroidered, wash out the water-soluble pen and give the napkin a gentle press to showcase your work.

    Embroidering wildflowers on linen napkins is a relaxing and creative way to add a touch of nature to your table. Embrace imperfections, experiment with stitches and colors, and let your creativity bloom as you bring this naturalistic look to life. Happy embroidering!

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    Rustic and Reusable Cloth Napkins in Minutes (No Sew Method!)

    Rustic and Reusable Cloth Napkins in Minutes (No Sew Method!)


    Are you looking for an easy and sustainable way to reduce paper waste in your everyday life? Making your own fabric napkins can be a fantastic solution. In this blog post, we'll show you how to create stylish and eco-friendly napkins using linen scraps. Linen, a classic fabric for napkins, is not only durable but also environmentally friendly. Let's dive into the process and discover some useful tips along the way!

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