Make Fabric Napkins With These Easy Tutorials
Cloth napkins aren’t just for fancy dining, they’re great for every-day use too (which cuts back on the cost of paper towels). Keep watch for sales on bed linens since you can make several from one sheet at a fraction of the price. Here are nearly a dozen different ways you can make and embellish them, some pretty simple and basic while others are more eye-catching. After you’ve whipped up a bunch for yourself, how about learning a few tricks folding and displaying them on the table?
I’ve included a nice selection of folding references at the bottom where you’re sure to find just what you’re looking for as well as several different DIY napkin ring projects you can try. Enjoy!
Button & Embroidery Embellishments: Turn ready-made linen napkins into something special with buttons and a bit of hand embroidery.
Fabric Borders: 21″ squares of fabric are trimmed with a 3″ border using a colorful print.
Scrapbuster: Collect assorted fabric scraps to use for the patchwork border across the top, back is lined with a single piece of fabric.
Easy: Here’s a set featuring both solid & print napkins, the solids feature a strip of matching print along the bottom.
Basic: Simple, fuss-free design with step-by-step instructions to walk you through the project.
Decorative Folding Tutorials
Handy Online References: Now that you have a lovely collection of fabric napkins, what about folding and displaying them? Here are a few great resources showing detailed instructions:
- NapkinFoldingGuide.com: Features a couple dozen tutorials, learn how to make a Diamond Fold; Pyramid Fold, Diamond Silverware Pouch and more.
- StyleAtHome.com: 5 Ways To Fold Napkins: Tutorials for Envelope Fold; Slipper Fold; Up-The-Steps Fold; Pyramid Fold and Diagonal Pocket Fold.
- Delish.com: 20 Napkin Folds including details for Fleur De Lis; Buffet Tuck; Place Card Holder; Bunny Napkins; Taper Roll; Waterfall Pleat and more.
Whether you want to make napkin rings for everyday dining or for something more elegant like weddings, this list has you covered! Plenty of different ideas to choose from using a variety of crafting methods (sewing, paper crafts, etc.). Here’s my handpicked collection of tutorials from around the web, I’ve separated it into two groups: the first collection features assorted ideas suitable for any day of the year then I added a “Flowers & Seasonal” collection that features projects for holiday entertaining and Spring flower ideas. I’ll be adding to this list over time so you may want to bookmark this page for future reference, enjoy!
Knit Beaded Wire: So unique and pretty! Knit with 34 gauge silver wire and embellished with an assortment of glass beads.
Fabric Covered Cardboard Tubes: Here’s a trash-to-treasure project, repurpose the cardboard tube from Saran Wrap and cover with bits of pretty fabric, grosgrain ribbon and no-sew interfacing.
Ribbon Rings: Learn how to braid two colors of grosgrain ribbon together to make these charming rings to slide over napkins.
Buttons: Here’s another easy project, a length of cording is threaded through the shanks of buttons with the ends tied in a knot.
Monogrammed: Made with strips of burlap, fabric selvages, linen covered buttons (stamped), Mod Podge and a toilet paper tube.
Eyelet Trim: Romantic rings are made with lengths of eyelet trim sewn on top of ribbon.
Recycled Rolls: Made with paper towel rolls and paper scraps such as sheet music and handwriting. Embellish with ribbon and other crafty bits.
Flowers & Seasonal
Poinsettia: Here’s a festive decoration for the Christmas table, these are made with fat quarters and sheets of Steam-A-Seam, thread and decorative beads.
Autumn Leaves: Made with faux fall leaves, faux berries (on wire stems), bits of felt, ribbon and a hot glue gun.