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DIY Ticking Patriotic Napkins with Cutlery Pocket

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

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.

# 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

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 in place.

DIY Patriotic Napkins made with drop cloth and ticking fabrics

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.

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 – Attach to Red Flag Napkin

Sew pocket with stars on napkins

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.

DIY Patriotic Napkins made with drop cloth and ticking fabrics

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.

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 hope you enjoyed this inexpensive tutorial.

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

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

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.

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