I am a big fan of repurposing items and when it came time to plan for our wedding I wanted to stay true to green practices. Due to logistics we decided to go with compostable silverware and plates but I wanted to jazz the table settings up a bit with some fun napkins. Fabric prices these days are through the roof and I knew I needed enough for 100 napkins so I turned to my favorite fabric repurposed… bedsheets! I found some super cute fitted and flat beds sheets and was able to get about 100 napkins out of 2 sets of Queen fitted and flat sheets. This is the method I recommend for bulk napkin making however if you are looking for just making enough for your own use at home then spending the money of the cute fabric at the fabric store works as well. I just really like finding fun vintage fabrics for non-traditional items. The flat sheet obviously is easier to work with since you are not having to deal with the elastic and siding of the fitted but it is easy enough to cut out the elastic and then square up your edges of fabric.
So there are several ways to sew your napkins and it really depends on the look you are going for, how many you are doing and how much time and energy you want to put into it. I started off by ironing the edging and mitered corners. Then I realized that while they looked nice the wedding would have come and go by the time I finished with 100 of them. So I switched to sewing with a zigzag stitch on the edges and that gave a rustic finish look and went much faster!