Sunday, October 3, 2010

Holiday Napkins: Tutorial

A quick tutorial for making simple but festive holiday napkins - decorated for a very special occasion. Color fabrics using Moda 12 Days of Christmas Sample Collection (5" squares).


Materials Needed (to make 6 napkins):
  • 6 Moda 12 Days of Christmas Squares (5" squares).  Your choice in prints.  I chose 2 each of blue, green and red with the same print design.  
  • Solid white broadcloth (preferably a thick one with a nice thread count)
  • Thin craft wire ~72"
  • ~72 beads of choice
  • 6 small hanging holiday token of choice

  1. CUT:  Cut each 5" square Moda fabrics into 4 strips.  Cut Solid broadcloth into 18" x 21" rectangles - 6 of them.
  2. For each set of cut Moda squared (should be 4 each) sew the short sides together and press flat.
  3. Mark 3" from the short side of the white broadcloth and lay a strip of the Moda fabric along side it.
  4. Pin down the fabric.
  5. Sew about 1/4" from the seam. Then pin down the other side of the Moda strip - about 1/4".
  6. Fold along the seam and pin down as pictured. This will hold all the edges down for sewing. I do it like this to avoid pressing. You could avoid all this pinning if you choice to press down the edges instead.
  7. Sew down the Moda Stripes about 1/16" away from the edges.  Try to use the nicely matched thread for the top and a white thread for the bobbin (back).
  8. Double fold and sew down the edges for all four sides of the napkin.  And voila! Napkin is complete.
  9. I didn't take any good pictures of the napkin ring but here is a quick rundown of what I did.
  • Cut wires about 12" long - 6 total, one for each napkin. 
  • Loop beads through wire and knot each bead with the wire.  Add about 12 beads per wire.
  • Fold napkin in half with the Moda striped side facing up.  Roll into a nice neat scroll with the Moda stripes facing out.
  • Wrap beaded wire loosely around the napkin
  • Add a holiday token or tag (attach to the wire).
There you have it - a nice accent to any holiday table.



Lisa said...

These are really pretty! I was going to try to make something similar for Hanukkah but it's so much harder to find pretty fabric and charms. Hopefully I can find some!

Chris said...

So pretty. I am ready to start using fabric napkins in my home...we go through so many paper ones lately! Thanks for the tutorial.

April said...

I really like these!

Bellgirl said...

How lovely! It's good to have another way to use charm squares. Happy Fabric Tuesday!

Kera said...

I love the simplicity of these! Will definitely be trying these!

Sew Many Mamas said...

So pretty - Love the napkin rings.

Alisa said...

so simple, but very cute!! I like the colors {especially the blue...non-traditional}

Kristie said...

I love the holiday fabrics you chose. So pretty!

Amanda K @ Every Crafty Endeavor said...

These turned out so cute and I love how you embellished them! Darling!

Jenn said...

Those look great! Love the colour combos!

Quiltstory said...

Very cute and so easy to turn them into something festive! Thanks so much for linking up, see you next week!

Kim said...

These are cute and easy. I like the little dangles you added.

Anonymous said...

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★All Thingz Related★ said...

Very beautiful!! Thanks for linking up with Anything Related! ~Bridgette

Rene' said...

Great napkins and napkin rings! Thanks for sharing the tutorial.

Courtney McAulay said...

I have seen so many cute and creative sewing projects like this lately, I think I'm going to need to dust off the sewing machine... LOL! Thanks so much for coming over to Between U & Me and sharing this adorable project with everyone! :)

Brenda said...

So pretty! I love how they turn a simple napkin into something simple and beautiful.

Tina said...

Wow these are super cute. Thanks for sharing.

found you via fun to craft blog party

just became a follower and if you have time come by and see my project.
have a great day

Scrappy Gifts said...

Those colors are my favorite! Great job!

Sara from Sara vs. Sarah said...

found this through sew mama sew - these are really pretty ... love the simplicity!


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