Make It: DIY Confetti-Sprinkled Linen Napkins!

created at: 03/21/2012

Okay, you guys.  Here’s my plan.  We’re going to make a bunch of those twine garden lights (in lots of pretty, spring-y colors), and then we’re going to make a bunch of these awesome confetti napkins.  And then?  Then we’re going to throw ourselves a big ol’ garden party!  Sound good??  

 

Elisabeth from My Growing Home put together a sweet little tutorial for Design Mom yesterday on how to make your own confetti-sprinkled linen napkins.  I love the cheery colors and the pops of glittery gold, don’t you?   Continue Reading

Round Up: 6 Napkin Flower Tutorials

Cloth napkins are just waiting to be blossomed into flowers, and with spring, Easter and Mother’s Day just around the corner, I thought a round up might be in order! All entrants include links to tutorials…of course.

Pictured above is StoneGable’s gorgeous rosette napkin.

For something more exotic, check out this elegant Bird of Paradise:

created at: 03/12/2012

Nothing announces spring quite like an iris.

created at: 03/12/2012

This lily blossom looks just as charming without its pad!

This lovely lotus blossom is folded in a similar way:

And, finally, another rose by any other name would look as sweet. Continue Reading

Napkin Folding 101: Style Up Your Thanksgiving Table

created at: 11/21/2011

By now, most Thanksgiving dinner plans have been made and we’re all working on finishing touches, like how to make our Thanksgiving tables look their best.  If you aren’t going to go the napkin/napkin ring route, you can always use some creative folding to add a little extra wow to the table.   Shari, tapping into her napkin folding skills from when she worked at a resort, shows how to turn napkins into a fan, envelope, pyramid, and pocket fold for any dinner occasion. Continue Reading

Make It: DIY Table Number Napkins (Free Download)!

created at: 10/06/2011

With October kicking off the beginning of non-stop holiday shenanigans, these DIY numbered table napkins will help keep the festivities organized!  

Kathleen from Twig & Thistle shares this great tutorial (and a free download – woohoo!) for creating your own table number napkins.  While we love this alternative to traditional numbered table cards, it would be fun to adapt this concept for smaller events where each guest could have their own unique number.  And hey, if you do go that route, I’ve got dibs on number 5!   Continue Reading

How to: Make Custom Jazzed Up Cloth Napkins

created at: 08/08/2011

See that rad cloth napkin that looks like it’s straight out of the latest styled foodie magazine article? (Okay, the rest of the food looks really good too.) But I digress, care to venture a guess as to what to use to make one?  

created at: 08/08/2011

It’s a striped tie-dying technique using a sharpie and rubbing alcohol! It’s the best kind of easy, the unexpected kind using supplies you already have ready and waiting. It’s a great way to pump up the volume on a set of tired, stained cloth napkins that would otherwise be headed for the trash.  Continue Reading

How-To: Sew Your Own Thanksgiving Napkins

created at: 11/16/2010

Should you find yourself with a little bit of free time in the days leading up to Thanksgiving (hey, it might happen), consider whipping up a set of linen napkins for the feast.  It’s a super easy project, plus, whether you’ll be dining with family or friends (or both), everyone will be impressed with your mad skills and dedication to being festive.  And there’s nothing more important during the holidays than impressing people with your level of festiveness.  Continue Reading

Fold A Napkin Turkey

Martha appears to love her some turkey effigies, (check out her hilariously brilliant turkey baby costume). These elegant little fowl would make an inexpensive, effective centerpiece.

created on: 11/26/08

Made from 3 linen napkins and some tinfoil, the instructions are really clear and easy to follow. Though I’m thinking that an iron
and some spray starch would be needed to get the edges super crisp like
that and to keep your fabric turkey from wilting in the heat when you
brought out your real turkey. Continue Reading

How to Wrap a Wine Bottle Restaurant Style

A swaddled bottle of vino looks nice, doesn’t it? And now, thanks to LifeHacker, we can all truss up our bottles like veritable sommeliers. If you’ve spent a fortune and you want your guests to see the wine bottle’s label, you’ll want to use the first technique. If, however, your budget has restricted you to a $5 bottle of wine, you’ll want to go for the second method as it will hide the label rather nicely and still impress your guests! Continue Reading

How to Sew a Simple Napkin

Sewing cloth napkins is a great way to practice your sewing machine skills. Here’s a quick tutorial that will have you dining in style in no time!

What you need:

  • Fabric (I'm using a simple muslin that I had on hand because I'll be embellishing my napkins later. For fabric calculation, a ‘luncheon’ napkin is usually 12″ square whereas a ‘dinner’ napkin can be anywhere from 18″ to 20″ square.)
  • Coordinating thread
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Iron and ironing board
  • A sewing machine

What you do:

Using your ruler, cut squares of fabric ONE INCH LARGER than what you want your final dimensions to be to accommodate for seam allowances. Continue Reading