ATTENTION all novice and seasoned party hosts, sustainably-minded homeowners, and lovers of all crafts. Behold, the cutest napkins you ever did see, and ones you can easily make at home without a sewing machine.
If you're looking to boost your dinner game, make the perfect personalized gift or be more environmentally-friendly, this project's for you.
All you need are a few items from your local craft store. We made our own stamps by cutting a printout of the That Clean Life logo and applying it to cardboard. You can also purchase stamps or even use regular household items (see suggestions below).
- Linen fabric (or pre-made linen napkins)
- Fabric paint
- No-sew napkins: measure and cut your linen fabric (unwashed) to your desired dimensions (I cut 19 inches square for a final measure of 18 inches square).
- Pull the threads along the sides gently to create a fringe. Trim any excess threads (see above).
- Wash and dry your napkins. Again, trim any excess threads.
- Lightly press with a hot iron. Fold your napkin and press again. The pressed seams will help provide a guide for your stamps.
- DIY cardboard stamp: free-hand or print the shape of your desired image and trace onto cardboard. Cut it out and tape onto another piece of cardboard (see above).
- Lay scrap paper or cardboard under the fabric to protect your work surface. Press your stamp into fabric paint and apply to napkin, following the pressed seams for guidance.
- Let dry completely. Depending on the type of fabric paint you use, some require a heat set after the paint dries. Otherwise, your napkins are ready to use and machine-washable! Linen also tends to soften over time.
Get Creative - Use household items as your stamps, such as bottle caps, the back of a plastic fork, the end of a straw, or the eraser tip on a pencil for polka dots.
Less Work - Purchase already-made cloth napkins. Pre-wash and iron before applying fabric paint.