Fabric napkins always add a bit of ambiance to any table setting. However, the cost of pretty embellished fabric napkins can add up quick. My solution? Make your own no-sew, embellished fabric napkins! You could absolutely sew these napkins, but 1. I hate dragging out the machine and 2. not everyone sews. On to the tutorial:
- Fabric Squares: I have used a faux linen here. You could also use a cheap plain fabric napkin.
- Fabric strips: 17-20 inches in length and .5-1 inch in width
- Heat’n Bond iron on adhesive
- An iron
A towelAn ironing board
Step 1 Prepare the Fabric (not shown)
I am going to save you the boredom of seeing a picture of me me cutting a 17 inch square of fabric. Just remember if you aren’t going to hem the fabric pick a tight weave that you can fray a little bit of the ends. If you are new to buying fabric look for a one that doesn’t have tons of strings hanging off the cut end. Also cut some thin strips of fabric. If you do not have excess/scrap fabric laying around, then I suggest just buy some of the tiny quilting samples (like the 1/8 yard). You do not need a lot of fabric at all.
Step 2 Lay Out the Heat Bond
Lay out a one tiny strip of Heat’n Bond. Make sure to start and end the strip right inside the fringe. I know it is hard to imagine this almost transparent item will do anything, but I can promise it will! Finally, lay one strip of colorful fabric over the top.
Step 3 Irons Away
Alright here is where I tell you, in the immortal words of Genesis’ Jesus He Knows Me , do the following directions as “I say, don’t do as I do.”
Here is where you should read the directions on the Heat’n Bond. Iron carefully etc.
However, I have had mighty good results with throwing a towel down, cranking up the iron and slapping it together. The ugly beach towel is a lot easier to grab than finding out where exactly I have stuffed the ironing board in the basement.
So step 3 really just consists of ironing.
Step 4 Trimming
Yes these are washable! The fabric may fray more (though I like the look) and if you dry them with heat some of the Heat’n Bond may loosen. I am so lazy that I keep some Heat’n Bond by the iron to fix no-sew items or torn hems on pants.
Thursday these napkins will get used to create the perfect in a full Place Setting.