Why not add a little fun to your family table? Start with some linen napkins, add some simple embroidery, and you'll have a keepsake you can actually use! Today we're sharing the easy patterns and instructions for you to make your own set.
Perfect for housewarming or wedding gifts, they have the personal touch of a monogram and the whimsical Gooseberry Patch artwork you love. Found in our Stitching for the Kitchen book, they're easy to whip up in no time.
Let's get stitching!
This project is part of our craft book Stitching for the Kitchen.
Here's what you'll need...
7 napkins (or 2-1/2 yards of 45"-wide machine-washable fabric)
Transfer paper and a pencil
Optional: Make Your Own Napkins
1. Cut seven pieces of fabric, each 21" x 21", and machine stitch a 1/2" double-fold hem on each edge.
1. Trace a copy of the design provided and a letter of the alphabet onto tracing paper, or draw your own design onto tracing paper. Position the tracing paper in the center and near the bottom edge of the napkin and move it around until you like the location. Mark the desired location on the napkin with the fabric-marking pen. Repeat with all designs on all napkins. See downloadable PDF for transfer instructions and patterns.
1. Use three strands of floss and tie knots in the back of the napkins for extra strength. Refer to the embroidery stitch illustrations and embroider as follows or as desired.
Add your own embellishments! Some suggestions include:
- French knots for: eyes, flight trail, antennae ends, small ladybug spots, butterfly wing spots and ladybug feet.
- Lazy daisy/chain stitch for: large ladybug spots and large butterfly wing loops.
- Satin stitch for: bee and butterfly heads.
- Stem stitch for: all remaining lines and alphabet letters
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