Learn how to make frayed edge napkins! Why buy a pretty set of napkins when it’s so easy to make your own? This project can be done with any fabric. In this tutorial, I made red gingham frayed edge napkins just in time for summer! These would look great on your table at your BBQs and summer parties. These can also be used as basket liners for bread or appetizer plates.
I wanted to share this little project with you! Since summer get-togethers and the 4th of July will be here soon – this DIY project will help you celebrate in style. Without having to spend a lot of money!
Apparently I have this thing with making pretty napkins. I can’t get enough handmade napkins. I don’t why! I just think they dress up your table so well, plus you can wash them. I made shibori dyed napkins not too long ago.
I also made DIY Placemats if you want to keep going!
Anyways, I purchased a cute red gingham fabric from fabric.com. It looks especially festive over the 4th of July.
Instead of worrying about sewing each edge, I simply made a row of stitches all the way around and then frayed the edges. It gives it a casual look and it’s so much easier than having to “finish” it.
The frayed edge napkins look especially great with a linen fabric – and you don’t really even have to sew. You can rip or cut your seams and fray the edges that way.
I haven’t done this personally, so I’m just going to tell you how I did it with my sewing machine. But I’ll work on a tutorial for the no-sew method next time!
- Fabric : I used this red gingham fabric
- Sewing Machine and thread
How to Make Frayed Edge Napkins
- Start by washing your fabric.
- Fold your fabric in half, then in half again and unfold and cut along the creases to create perfect squares. Most napkins are 18 or 20 inches squared. But it’s really up to you as to the size you want! The bigger napkins tend to sit on your lap better.
- Sew a simple zig zag stich (2 width) about 1/4 – 1/2 inch from the edge all the way around each napkin. (And no I wasn’t exactly even each time. I love wing-it projects like this!)
- Then, carefully trim the overhang and pull threads to create the fringe look.
So cool, right? I love this look! And it’s so much easier than making a nice little neat edge with the sewing machine. I use these not only as napkins but for decoration! Line a basket of bread or chips with this summery fabric. Or use them as placemats under food or drink items on your buffet.
Five things I’m Loving
The Original Salbree Popcorn Maker – I’ve never been so obsessed with a popcorn maker. I’ve been buying the ready made bagged popcorn for years. Boom Chicka Pop, anyone? But with four of us in the house, you end up going through it in days. This popcorn maker is amazing! I buy the organic kernels and we can make popcorn whenever we want. It lasts a long time. Plus – it’s healthier. You can add as little oil and salt as you want (or none as it’s not required). Our favorite combos are : A little olive oil and cinnamon sugar OR a little olive oil and Mrs. Dash Fiesta Lime Seasoning. SOOOO good. When you’re done, it collapses to save space. BPA free too!
All in Good Taste – I read this book at a bookstore recently and I was so impressed! It’s a fun read, the how-tos are great and I love the quotes in this book. Plus – a pretty pink book for your decor? Sold.
Cutest Pair of Mom Jeans ever – I’m a huge fan of Levi’s jeans. Mom jeans are back in style and these are the cutest!
Brandless – I recently came across this company called Brandless. They took out the Brandtax to offer you premium, quality products for just $3! I haven’t tried any products yet, but certain products like their soaps look interesting. I try to make my own soap but for those times I don’t, this would be a good filler. The bottles are pretty too!
Running belt – Yes – I started running again. It’s hard to find the time with two young kids but I’ve been trying to do it immediately after they go to bed. It’s still light out thankfully. I ordered this belt to hold my phone while I’m running so I can listen to tunes without having to hold my phone.
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