DIY Hand-Stamped Napkins (NO SEWING required)

DIY Hand-Stamped Napkins (NO SEWING required)

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.

DIY Napkins

DIY Napkins

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).

Materials:

  • Linen fabric (or pre-made linen napkins)
  • Fabric paint
  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Tape

DIY Napkins

DIY Napkins

Directions:

  1. 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).
  2. Pull the threads along the sides gently to create a fringe. Trim any excess threads (see above).
  3. Wash and dry your napkins. Again, trim any excess threads.
  4. Lightly press with a hot iron. Fold your napkin and press again. The pressed seams will help provide a guide for your stamps.
  5. 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).
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

DIY Napkins

Suggestions:

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.

DIY Napkins

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