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
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
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 like this design so much; I made these red and white cutlery pocket napkins for a Christmas Table Setting.
I hope you enjoyed this inexpensive tutorial.
Additional Tableware DIY Projects You Can Make
- How to Paint Flour Sack Napkins
- Hand-painted DIY Drop Cloth Table Runner
- DIY Burlap Napkin Rings Tutorial
- Pottery Barn Inspired Leaf Napkin Rings
- Easy Lemon & Lime Drop Cloth Table Runner
- DIY Ticking Cutlery Pocket Napkins
- Easy Christmas Table Runner in Red and White
Thank you so much for stopping by today. I can’t wait to share my next adventure with you.