Whether you are aware of it or not, the first thing you notice when you attend a party or event are the details. Details are what sets apart a party from a soiree (don’t you love that word?)!
One of the easiest ways to gussy up a table is with special napkins. Most people probably expect paper napkins, right? But what if I told you, you could make 20 of these beauties for less than $10 TOTAL? Would you be tempted to turn your party into a soiree? Well, you’re in luck! Details below on how to make your very own set of vintage napkin.
- Fabric (here’s where you can really save some money! We bought this fitted sheet at Goodwill for $3.99)
- Scrap Paper
- Sewing Machine or heat bond tape (use in place of sewing)
If you are using a fitted sheet, cut the elastic around the corners. You can save time and skip this step if you find a flat sheet or pillow cases to used.
WASH your fabric. Whether you bought it at Goodwill or the fabric store, doesn’t matter, give it a bath.
Create a pattern. I used scrapbook paper to create an 8″x 8″ square to use as a pattern. You can make any size you like, 8″x 8″ is a good size to fold in half.
Trace your pattern. You can find fabric markers at your local craft fabric store that wash out, but I typically cheat and use a colored pencil.
In this case, the fabric was very thin, so I wanted a napkin that had both a front and back, so I doubled the pattern. Essentially I traced 2 – 8″x 8″ squares together.
Cut your squares out. This is the most time consuming part! If you have a sewing rotary cutter, it will save you a lot of time, and blisters. In my case, I used good ol’ scissors. I could have cut 2 squares and sewed them together, but to save myself a step, I didn’t cut along the fold line for my front and back.
Iron. I always want to skip this step. . . mostly because I am impatient. But then I do it, and I remember why it’s so important. It really helps to line up your edges. I folded my napkins along the front/back fold line (*IMPORTANT – be sure to put right sides together since you will be turning these inside out). Once all the napkins are ironed, pin along the edges.
Sew! Sew all around the pinned edges. Be sure to stop and leave a small hole so you can pull the right side through (you will sew this hole later).
Cut the tip of each corner. Be careful not to cut your seam you just created. Cutting thr tips will help make a cleaner corner.
Turn the napkin inside out so the right side is facing out.
Stitch up the hole you used to turn right-side out. You can do this by hand with a needle and thread with a hidden stich if desired, I just used my machine.
Wash and iron. Again.
Add a little pizazz! In this case I added lace to the bottom of the napkin. I simply pinned lace to the bottom and sewed.
Voila! There you have it folks. A simple way to create a little more excitement at your next soiree!
Do you have something you always add to your party tables to dress things up?