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DIY Ticking Patriotic Napkins

DIY Ticking Patriotic Napkins

Y’all know when I can’t find what I’m looking for, I usually just decide to 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.

#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 from Hobby Lobby
  • 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

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 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

wash ticking fabric to distress edges.

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

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 in place.

DIY Patriotic Napkins made with drop cloth and ticking fabrics

You may want to place the square 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 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 – Attached to Flag Napkin

Sew pocket with stars on napkins

Now attach the blue ticking square 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.

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 square 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.

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.

Add Silverware to your Handmade Patriotic Napkins

DIY Patriotic Napkins made with drop cloth and ticking fabrics

How do you like them? I’m looking forward to showing you how I’m using these Handmade DIY Ticking Patriotic Napkins on my 4th of July table. Look for the post on Sunday! Be sure to sign up for my newsletter to not miss a post.

Thank you so much for stopping by and please leave a comment or questions.

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Easy DIY Ticking Patriotic Napkins to use for your Fourth of July tablescape.

Gale Hughes

Tuesday 11th of May 2021

I LOVE your seasonal ideas! You are such an inspiration. I look forward to checking out your new ideas every week! Thank you!

Friday 14th of May 2021

Gale You are so sweet. Thanks for making my day.


Sunday 12th of July 2020

Hi Rachel, I'm visiting from . . . somewhere . . . ? LOL! I forget where I started, but your pretty napkins caught my eye. I, too, love ticking. I'm a little confused by the larger, two sided stars. Are they attached to the napkin, or just tied around the silverware with the jute? They are just darling! Thanks so much.

Monday 13th of July 2020

Marilyn, I appreciate your comments and thanks for stopping by. I'm sorry about the confusion. I was originally going to tie the double sided stars around the flatware and I did for one picture. I felt it was almost to much with the stars on the pocket so I used the double sided stars on the garland I made for the chandelier. You can see that on my Patriotic Tablescape post here -

Again, Thanks so much. I appreciate this so much.

Pamela @ DIY Vibes

Monday 29th of June 2020

These are adorable! I love the ticking trend, this is perfect for Independence Day!

Tuesday 30th of June 2020

Pamela, Thanks so much. I really appreciate your input. Rachel


Thursday 25th of June 2020

Hi Rachel These are the cutest* I absolutely love them. You amaze me with your ideas you come up with. They are so vintage looking also with the material you used. Love them so much Rachel. Another wonderful project


Saturday 27th of June 2020

Deezie, Thanks so much for your encouragement and sweet compliments. Rachel