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DIY Ticking Patriotic Napkins with Cutlery Pocket

It was a spur-of-the-moment idea to make my own DIY Ticking Patriotic Napkins. I wanted to avoid going to the store to look for fabric. You may know 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.

Y’all know I usually make it when I can’t find what I’m looking for. As I was planning a 4th of July tablescape, the perfect napkins couldn’t be found, so I decided to make some.

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How To Make DIY Patriotic Napkins

First, gather your supplies.

  • Approx. 1 yard of Red Ticking Fabric
  • 1/4 yard of Blue Ticking Fabric
  • Scraps of Drop Cloth Fabric

#1 Cut out Design for Handmade Napkins

Fabrics forDIY Patriotic Napkins made with drop cloth and ticking fabrics

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.

This naturally frays the edges and creates a fringe-like edge around each napkin.

# 3 – Stitch the Stars for PATRIOTIC Napkins

Hand stitch around drop cloth stars

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 four stars. Note: use the 8 of the larger stars cut the same size.

Check out this DIY Feed Sack project if you like drop cloth projects.

#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.

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.

Stars and Stripes of ticking fabric with drop cloth stars to make napkins

Next, using the smaller stars, place them on the blue ticking square in an arrangement that you like. Use a straight pin to hold it in place.

DIY Patriotic Napkins made with drop cloth and ticking fabrics

Place the cutlery pocket on the napkin to get a preview of how this placement will look when the handmade napkins are complete.

ZigZag stitich stars to DIY napkins.

Next, place your red thread in your sewing machine and use 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.

Sew pocket with stars on napkins

Here you want to be sure the stripes are not running in the same direction to give the illusion of a flag.

DIY Patriotic Napkins made with drop cloth and ticking fabrics

You will use a straight stitch to attach the two squares.

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 run horizontally.

This will allow for the silverware to be placed inside the pocket.

Stars forDIY Patriotic Napkins made with drop cloth and ticking fabrics

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.

DIY Patriotic Napkins made with drop cloth and ticking fabrics

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 like this design so much; I made these red and white cutlery pocket napkins for a Christmas Table Setting.

Red and White Cutlery Pocket Napking with ticking and buffalo check fabric.

I hope you enjoyed this inexpensive tutorial.

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Thank you so much for stopping by today. I can’t wait to share my next adventure with you.

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Wendy McMonigle

Sunday 14th of May 2023

These are so darn cute! love them


Monday 15th of May 2023

Wendy Thank you.

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Saturday 13th of May 2023

[…] beautiful patriotic basket for your front door…these super cute napkins with a pocket for silverware…and a fun red, white and blue inspired cocktail.…and I love hanging bunting on my front […]


Saturday 13th of May 2023

thanks for sharing Michele.

Jennifer Howard

Tuesday 10th of May 2022

Why don't I know how to sew?? I see adorable things like this and ask myself I have a brand new sewing machine still in the box!! I really want to make those cute stars with the red stitching.


Wednesday 11th of May 2022

Jennifer, Get that machine out of the box. It's really not hard. Best of luck.

jennifer s. hadfield

Tuesday 10th of May 2022

This is soooo adorable, Rachel! Your tutorial is great. I want to make some for my house! I pinned it to my Patriotic board to share. Such a cute project!



Wednesday 11th of May 2022

Jennifer, I'm so glad you liked these. Thanks so much.


Tuesday 10th of May 2022

These napkins are so adorable. Thanks for the step-by-step instructions. I LOVE ticking for summer and your tablescape with the watermelon plates are festive and so cute!!!


Wednesday 11th of May 2022

Debra, I'm so glad you liked these napkins. Thanks so much.