Y’all know when I can’t find what I’m looking for, I usually just make it. As I was planning a 4th of July tablescape, the perfect napkins couldn’t be found, so I decided to just make some.
It was a spur of the moment idea to make my own DIY Ticking Patriotic Napkins. I didn’t want to go the store to look for fabric. You may know that I love ticking fabric and use a lot of it, so y’all know I had some scrapes on hand. Here’s how to make these cute handmade napkins.
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#1 Cut out Design for Handmade Napkins
First, cut out your fabric pieces.
- 4 18X18 inch squares – Red & Creme Ticking fabric
- 4 5×5 inch squares -Navy & Creme Ticking for cutlery pockets
- 8 (approx. 3″ diameter) stars – drop cloth fabric exact same size
- 8 smaller stars
# 2 – Wash & Dry
Next, wash and dry the squares.
# 3 – Stitch the Stars for PATRIOTIC Napkins
While the fabric is drying, stitch 2 larger stars together using a sewing needle to apply a simple quilting stitch with red thread. Repeat until you have 4 stars. Note: use the 8 of the larger stars that are cut the exact same size. If you like drop cloth projects, check out this DIY project.
#4 – Press
Once your fabric is dry, you’ll notice that the edges are frayed and you will have a lot of strings to remove. This creates a fringe like edge around each napkin. Remove the excess strings and press the squares with a hot iron.
#5 – Stars For DIY Ticking PATRIOTIC Napkins
Add stars to the cutlery pocket blue squares.
Next using the smaller stars, place them on the blue ticking square in an arrangement that you like. Use a straight pin to hold in place.
You may want to place the cutlery pocket on the napkin to get a preview of how this placement will look when the handmade napkins are complete.
Next, place your red thread in your sewing machine and using a simple zigzagged stitch to attach the stars to the blue and creme ticking square. It’s important to cover all the star edges to avoid fraying.
#6 – Attach to Red Flag Napkin
Now attach the blue ticking cutlery pocket onto the corner of the red ticking napkin. Here you want to be sure the stripes are not running in the same direction to give the illusion of a flag.
You will use a straight stitch to attach the two squares together.
Using red thread stitch around the edges of the blue & creme cutlery pocket leaving a 2 inch pocket gap at the bottom of the square as you can see in the above photo.
The gap in your stitching should be along the edge where your red stripes are running horizontal. This will allow for the silverware to be placed inside the pocket.
Add a couple of strands of jute string to the center of the double stars. You can use the string to tie around the cutlery if you choose.
Add Silverware to your Handmade Patriotic Napkins
Slide the silverware into the cutlery pocket and place on your table.
How do you like them?
I’m using these Handmade DIY Ticking Patriotic Napkins on my 4th of July table and decided to leave the cutlery untied for this table setting.
Both options look great on the table setting.
I hope you enjoyed this inexpensive tutorial.
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