Looking for a quick and easy way to add a touch of style to your table setting and save money? Look no further than these no-sew DIY cloth napkins with fringe! This easy tutorial will show you how to make your own custom cloth napkins in just a few minutes.
All you need is some fabric, scissors, and a needle. (But Not For Sewing)!
You can choose from unlimited fabric choices to create unique custom-designed napkins for any occasion.
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What Fabric Is Best For Cloth Napkins
Although you will find cloth napkins made from multiple fabric combinations, 100% cotton or linen is the best choice for durable napkins.
Today’s tutorial is made with 100% cotton duck fabric. I like using this fabric for three reasons.
- There are many wonderful fabric patterns to choose from.
- The fabric has a soft touch and is durable.
- It’s relatively inexpensive. I made six napkins for only $7.50 because the fabric was 30% off.
100% linen is also an excellent choice for solid custom napkins.
How Much Fabric Is Needed For Custom Cloth Napkins?
First, let’s determine what size you want your DIY custom cloth napkins.
You will find that most cloth napkins are 18 – 20 inches square.
For this project, I cut each napkin 20 inches or 50.8 cm. Therefore, to make six napkins, you will need 1 and 3/4 yards of fabric.
How To Prepare Fabric?
First, pre-wash your fabric and dry. This will remove any sizing or starches, plus pre-shrink the material.
If necessary, press the fabric to remove any wrinkles.
How To Make Sure The Fabric Cut Straight on the Grain.
If you plan to make a cloth napkin with fringe, it’s imperative that the fabric is cut straight on the grain.
You can easily pull a thread along the grain of the material as a guide to cut the fabric straight.
Lay the fabric against a flat edge of a table or countertop and use a needle to pick a thread at the highest point of the material.
Then gently gather the material by pulling the thread. If it breaks, you will need to use the needle to pick up the thread again.
Once the material’s grain is defined, you can cut along the line with scissors.
You should repeat on both sides of the material. Once you have two even sides, you are ready to cut out your custom napkins.
How To Cut Your Napkin
First measure the fabric and mark or cut at the appropriate length in both directions.
Fold the fabric at the marked spot being sure that all edges are aligned.
Now you can safely cut the napkins.
How To Make DIY Cloth Napkins With Fringe
You are ready to make the fringe once your DIY napkins are cut to size.
You will need your needle to loosen the threads once again.
It’s best to pick the thread in the middle of the napkin. Once you have it loose, begin to pull from both ends until it releases.
Depending on the fabric, you may be able to pull more than one thread at a time to unravel and make the fringe.
You can choose a short fringe and a longer if you prefer. You may notice a few loose threads when washing your cloth napkins initially, but that will eventually diminish.
Once you have the desired fringe around all four edges, you can fold your custom cloth napkins.
The fabric design looks lovely with a simple napkin fold with a fringy edge at the bottom, and the six only cost $7.50 to make.
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Custom Napkin with Napkin Ring
The fringe looks lovely when styled with a napkin ring as well. I look forward to sharing these napkins on this month’s Supper Club Table Setting tomorrow.
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