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DIY Christmas Napkins with Cutlery Pocket

Do y’all remember the patriotic napkins I made over the summer? I absolutely loved those napkins and wanted some similar for Christmas. So……..

So here is a quick and easy DIY Christmas Napkins with Cutlery Pocket tutorial. These are perfect for the Christmas Holiday Season, but can be easily adapted for any season.

If you don’t sew, no worries because I’ve included a no sew tutorial as well.

Easy DIY Christmas Napkins

First, I use ticking fabric for the napkin itself because the stripe is woven into the fabric, not printed. These are 100% cotton and are easy to care for. So begin by cutting your napkins from the ticking fabric measuring 18 x 18 inches.

Note: These will shrink after washing. If you prefer a larger napkin, please take that into account.

Also Note: These are cute without the pocket and so easy to make. Just cut, wash & press!

You will also want to cut your trim pieces for the pockets with the stripe running horizontal at 5 inches by 2 inches vertical. Wash and dry all the ticking fabrics. This is what they will look like when removed. Lol

Pull or cut all the excess strings from the fabric and you will be left with frayed edges.

Press the Ticking Fabric

Because the fabric will now be rolling around the edges and be very wrinkled , it is necessary to press the ticking fabric until everything is flat and smooth. I like to use a Cricut for pressing but any hot iron will work.

Constrasting Fabric Cutlery Pocket

For this step, I choose a red and white buffalo print fabric for the cutlery pocket. Begin by cutting the contrasting fabric 7 x 5 inches. Then using a straight pin begin to make a fringe around the edges by pulling the strings. Once you finish, your pocket should be approx. 6 x 4 inches not including the fringe.

Both of these fabrics were purchased at Hobby Lobby and you can use a variety of combinations to match your holiday décor.

Sewing Method for Christmas Napkins

You will want to attach the trim to the contrasting fabric pocket before you attach the pocket to the Christmas napkin. Using your sewing machine set on a close stitch zig zag and attach the trim to the pocket approx. 1/2 inch from the pocket top. Stitch around the entire edge of the trim, just inside the frayed edges.

Then stitch the pocket to the lower right hand corner of the napkin, leaving the top open to allow for the cutlery. Be sure that the stripes on the napkin are vertical and the stripe on the trim is horizontal.

Refer to the Patriotic Napkin Tutorial if you would like to see more examples of this method.

No Sew Method for DIY Christmas Napkins

If you don’t have a sewing machine or prefer a no sew method, using fabric glue will work great on this project.

Begin by attaching the trim to the pocket by applying a light bead of fabric glue along the back side of the fabric just inside the edge of the fringe.

Once the trim is attached approx. 1/2 inch from the top of the pocket, you can turn over the pocket and apply another bead of glue to all edges except for the top edge.

Attach pocket to the lower right hand corner of the napkin with the opening at the top. Follow instructions on the fabric glue for drying time. Once it is dry, you have you DIY Ticking Napkin with Cutlery Pocket finished.

Comparison of Both Methods

As you can see, there is very little difference in the appearance of the two methods. Both should be very durable. However, with continued washing, the napkin and the pocket edge may fray more. I prefer a rustic worn look and if there are more strings that need to be removed, I just give the napkin another hair cut.

If you prefer a less rustic appearance, you can finish the edges of both the napkin and pocket by turning under the raw edges and stitching with either the sewing machine or no-sew method.

The Finished Ticking Napkin with cutlery Pocket

These are going to be perfect and so cute on the table for Christmas! You can see some examples below of The DIY Ticking Fabric Napkins styled a couple of simple ways.

If you like using ticking fabric in your home décor, you may enjoy seeing this chair cushion in the deconstructed chair. Plus, don’t miss this fun table runner made using these tassels.

The table runner is perfect with the cutlery napkins and the full tutorial is available here.

See these festive dishes here from Bico Ceramics.

You may also like to read Easy Tips for a Christmas Tablescape and Easy to Make Farmhouse Table Riser.

Sophie my Silent Night Print is available here.

Thanks so much for stopping by and I look forward to sharing my next adventures with you.

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Easy Tutorial to make napkins from ticking fabric with a contrasting cutlery pocket attached. Super cute and easy step by step method for sewing the napkins and also a no sew method. Great for the Christmas Holiday's but can be adapted for year round use.

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Sunday 8th of November 2020

Oh my gosh, I love these!!

Monday 9th of November 2020

Jennifer, I really appreciate this. Rachel


Friday 23rd of October 2020

This is just beautiful! Ticking stripe is one of my favorite things, and I love the cutlery pocket! If I had the room to store Christmas dishes, the Santa pattern would be my pick!

Saturday 24th of October 2020

Danielle, Thank you so much. I'm glad you like them. Rachel


Tuesday 20th of October 2020

I love this idea too Rachel! What a fun way to decorate your table and hold cutlery.

Tuesday 20th of October 2020

Stacy, I'm so glad you like them. Thanks for stopping by. Rachel


Saturday 17th of October 2020

Super cute idea Rachel! Love those fabrics together.

Tuesday 20th of October 2020

Cindy, I really appreciate this. Rachel