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DIY Double-Sided Cloth Napkin Tutorial {& Best Ever Ginger Cookie Recipe}

12+ Days of Christmas Projects and Tours at thehappyhousie.com

Here is a beautiful double sided napkin tutorial plus the best ginger cookies you will every try!!!

Good morning!

Christmas is just around the corner; in fact, last night we hosted the first of the two Christmas dinners we will be hosting this season. My husband’s two sisters will both be away over Christmas – one of them lives in a different town and has to work (boo!); and the other is going to visit her in-laws family for Christmas this year. That means we had to do our family Christmas dinner early, but I didn’t mind! I was all ready, having just set up my holiday tablescape design the other day…

You may have spotted the beautiful double-sided teal napkins during my Christmas tablescape tour?

Can you believe that I made those?!! Me neither!

And guess what? They were totally easy.

I was thrilled to partner with Riley Blake designs on this fun project and absolutely love the mini quatrefoil pattern I ordered in both aqua and teal.

Plus, for an added bonus, today I am sharing my VERY FAVOURITE cookie recipe. I truly think these are the Best Ever Ginger Cookies. And I’m not much for cookies. I think you are going to love them….

DIY Double-Sided Napkin Tutorial and best ever Ginger Cookies poster.

Welcome to my stop on the Riley Blake Stitch’n’Kitchen Holiday Blog Tour.  Each day this month talented bloggers and the talented Julia of the Riley Blake Designs blog are sharing a great fabric tutorial featuring a Riley Blake Design as well as a favourite recipe from their own home.


So, you want to make some double-sided cloth napkins?

Then let’s get started, shall we?

Follow these simple steps and you will have your own!

I used 3 yards of each fabric, pre-washed it for shrinkage, and then cut mine into 16″ squares.

That is slightly smaller then most standard cloth napkins so you could definitely do 18″ or 20″ squares, but I wanted to get 14 napkins out of my 6 yards of fabric.

After you wash the fabric, iron it, then cut it into squares.

Place the right sides together, and pin them.

Then sew around three of the sides. Flip it inside out so that the right sides are facing out again. Now iron the open edges in.

Finally, topstitch along the open edge, and then all the way around the three other sides to create a nicely topstitched border around the entire napkin.

Double sided napkins folded and stacked.

Easy, right?! And I am so pleased with the results.

The fabric is the perfect colour and pattern for our kitchen/dining room scheme, and I love the subtle quatrefoil design. The quality feels awesome as well, I can tell they are going to stand up well to many, many washings after dinners.

The folded napkins on the table.

Maybe you spotted these during my recent Christmas Tablescape post….

Lake Cottage Style Christmas Tablescape with the teal napkins and white napkin rings.


A table setting with the teal napkins.

I promise I am going to share my DIY Faux Fur Napkin Ring Tutorial really soon as well – even if my Brother-in-Law asked me if I skinned a Yeti for the napkin rings…

As part of the Riley Blake Stitch’n’Kitchen Tour Hop I am sharing my very favourite Christmas Recipe…

Best Ever Ginger Cookies! 

Ginger cookies on a white plate with the napkins.

Best Ever Ginger Cookie Recipe


  • 1.5 cups shortening
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2/3 cup molasses
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp clove
  • 2 tsp ginger
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 3 tsp baking soda
  • 4.5 cups all purpose flour


  1. Mix well.
  2. Let sit for a couple of hours (in the fridge).
  3. Roll into balls.
  4. Bake at 350F 10-11 minutes (do not over-bake).


You still have time to whip up some cloth napkins before Christmas dinner -and the great thing about using a colour that suits our kitchen/dining room rather then just the holidays is that I plan to use these double-sided cloth napkins all year around.

Looking for some more Christmas/Holiday Inspiration and ideas?t

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Here are all my holiday projects for this Christmas Series: 

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    1. Hi Nancy,
      My green pottery dishes are handmade in Mexico so they don’t have an easy source, I’m sorry to say! I am quite in love with them and actually bought them second hand from a friend. $15 for the whole set; quite a find I would say!

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