Why The Best Cloth Napkins Are Linen
Events are the perfect opportunity to set and dress up your table with fine cloth napkins. Designed with sophistication, our handcrafted cloth napkins come in a unique selection and will provide a luxurious look and feel to your table.
Our products are made from the highest quality materials which will make every meal an unforgettable event.
Are Linen Or Cotton Napkins Better?
Linen is well known for its elegance and comfort. Made from the world’s strongest fibers extracted from the flax plant, it is sturdy, durable, environmentally friendly, and fully biodegradable. It stays in shape for a long time and dries easily after being washed. As a result, it can be used for a variety of purposes. This fabric is a great choice for napkins, especially when it is embroidered with beautiful designs and patterns.
Cotton is the world’s most popular fabric, known for being soft and warm. It is resilient and soft to touch while linen is lightweight, full of texture, and more breathable than other fabrics. Both of these natural materials are breathable and comfortable and make the perfect combination.
Polyester fabric is the least favorite for napkins because it is often slippery, not as absorbent and feels cheaper to the touch. Unlike cotton and linen, polyester is temperature sensitive and may melt if ironed at high temperatures. Polyester fabric is also sensitive to bleaching and scratching. Napkins made from linen, cotton, or polyester fabrics can all be machine washed, but the first two are by far the easiest fabrics to care for.
What To Look For In Linen Napkins
- Napkin Size – Most napkins come are square. The size you select will depend on your personal preference and the event. The most common napkin size for a dinner is 18x18 inches. But generally, larger sizes are more appropriate for formal set-ups.
- Material – The general rule is that the material increases in quality as it increases in cost. The more you spend, the better the napkin will feel. Our cloth napkins, however, are high in quality and cost-effective too. They are also easy to care for and should last you a lifetime.
- Napkin Color, Detail, and Design – Traditionally, handmade dinner napkins are plain white in color, but ecru and ivory can also make your dining experience casual and classy. Many special events also use gray, light green, blue, or cream. Our napkins can be embroidered with monograms, hem stitched, or laced. We also offer a variety of patterns.
How To Wash, Iron, Fold And Store Your Linen Napkins and Cotton Napkins
Here are different ways to keep your dinner napkins looking their best
Washing Your Linen Napkins
- Use the gentle cycle of your washer in cool water, rinse thoroughly and use non bleach detergent
- Do not use fabric softener which can cause discoloration of your linen napkins.
Ironing Your Linen Napkins
- Make sure the sole plate of your iron is clean. For steam irons, first test it on an old cloth as droplets will cause brown stains on your linen napkins.
- Use a well-padded ironing board with a smooth heat–reflective cover.
- Slightly dampen your linens for easier ironing.
- Start with the back side of the cloth, push cloth section by section over the board as you iron, turn over the right side of the cloth
- For light-colored linens, iron the back side first then turn to right side
- For dark-colored linens, iron the back side only
- For napkins with monograms, iron with the design face against a thick towel to keep the stitched monograms looking smooth and crisp.
- After ironing linens hang over a padded hanger or store flat
Folding Your Linen Napkins
We put together a handy napkin folding guide to help you make the most out of your table linens. By following our napkin folding tutorials, you can quickly and easily make your place settings look extra special. We offer a wide variety of napkin folding styles that are both fun and easy to do.
Click Here To Access Our Napkin Folding Guide
- For some napkin folds, you may want to use starch. For super crisp edges, apply starch as desired and then iron on a hot setting
- To achieve a softer look, use spray-on laundry sizing instead and iron on a medium setting