How to Make DIY No-Sew Napkins

DIY No-Sew Napkins // Sweetness in Starlight

I looked everywhere for some fun spring napkins for our dining room. I think I even went to two different HomeGoods…twice. I finally gave up. I also didn’t feel like spending an arm and a leg on them since I’ll most likely want to change them out soon (earmuffs Evan). So what did I do? I made my own. While they might not be functional napkins – they make my table look pretty and that’s really all I wanted anyway.

I bought a yard and half of fabric in a fun spring print from Hancock fabrics. Of course it was on sale, and I used a coupon. I rarely ever pay full price on anything! I think my total was around $6, and it was enough fabric to make 8 napkins. We only have 6 place settings on our table normally, but when the table is extended we can fit 8. I wanted to make sure I had enough for 8 just in case we needed to extend the table.

Now for the fun part – how to make the fabric into napkins!

Materials needed: 
Fabric (I used a yard and a half)
Ruler
Scissors
Iron
Ironing Board
Ribbon

1.  Cut the fabric into 8 even pieces. Mine were roughly 12″ x 20″. Unfortunately I didn’t take a picture of this step, but the fabric can really be any size you want it to be.

2. Next, lay a piece of the fabric face down on the ironing board, and fold the long side over about a half inch or so. Make sure that half inch of fabric makes a straight line and iron over it a few times.

DIY No-Sew Napkins // Sweetness in Starlight

3. To make sure the crease was solid I turned it over and ironed the opposite side as well. Turn the fabric back over and iron the second long side so that both have a nice looking crease.

DIY No-Sew Napkins // Sweetness in Starlight

 

4. Now you’re ready to start folding. Grab the un-ironed side and fold it half-way over into the middle.

DIY No-Sew Napkins // Sweetness in Starlight

 

5. Fold the opposite un-ironed side into the middle as well so that both are touching.

DIY No-Sew Napkins // Sweetness in Starlight

 

6. Fold in half again so that you have nice creased edges on all sides.

DIY No-Sew Napkins // Sweetness in Starlight

 

7. Fold like an accordion – mine had 3 or 4 folds.

DIY No-Sew Napkins // Sweetness in Starlight

 

8. Tie ribbon in a knot to keep the napkin from unfolding.

DIY No-Sew Napkins // Sweetness in Starlight

 

9. Tie ribbon into a pretty bow! Repeat the process for all napkins.

DIY No-Sew Napkins // Sweetness in Starlight

DIY No-Sew Napkins // Sweetness in Starlight

And there you have it – a $6 easy update to freshen up your dining room. You could also use hemming tape (the iron-on kind) or actually sew your ends for more functional napkins. I opted for the faster diy version since they won’t be getting used.  You could also make fun napkins rings instead of ribbon bows – the possibilities are endless. Next time I’m going to try diy-ing a fun napkin ring. I just bought a huge thing of moss, and I’m thinking about using that somehow.

 

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  • Cyndee

    Thank you for sharing your DIY napkin on Idea Box. I finally found a blogger who is from Indiana? Where in Indiana do you live? We will need to stay in touch!!

    • Hi Cyndee – Thanks for stopping by! I am in central Indiana (Hamilton Cty) area. Where are you? 🙂 Love connecting with other Hoosiers!

      • Cyndee

        I’m in Huntington, Indiana. Home of Dan Quale! So nice to meet you. Let’s keep in touch. Do you know any other bloggers from Indiana?

        • Sounds good! April from House by Hoff lives in northern Indiana, and Chelsea from Two Twenty One is from Indiana too (not sure where exactly). 🙂

          • Cyndee

            Thanks for the information, Shelby!