Entertaining season is upon us, and what better way to freshen up your table than with some new napkins? I’m a big fan of using cloth napkins. They can dress up any dinner party, they are larger and more absorbent than your typical paper napkin, plus they are washable, so less waste! Win!
For this DIY I used TÉLIO’s Vivaldi Linen Style 29192 in color 27. Any linen or cotton blend fabric would work great for this, we just need to be sure it’s machine washable, and a good weight. My two favorite TÉLIO options can be seen here! I used 1.5 meters (1.6 yards) which made nine napkins – this tutorial for sewing cloth napkins is great!
– Cloth Napkins
– Painter’s tape, stencils, or stamps
– Craft paint (I recommend the Martha Stewart line, so many colours!)
– Fabric medium
1. Prep your supplies! Mix the fabric medium* and craft paint in a container according to the directions on your bottle (mine was two parts paint to one part medium). Decide on a design. I went with a simple color blocking design using painters tape. But this project would work really well with a stencil or a stamp too!
2. Once the tape is applied and pressed down firmly, apply a coat of the fabric paint evenly.
3. Remove your tape carefully.
4. Repeat with all of your napkins, lay them out to dry for 24 hours. After this time, use an iron to press over the painted section – this will heat set the design and make it washable!
* Fabric medium is a liquid that you can mix with craft paint to make the paint work on fabric – it will make the painted fabric surface softer, more durable, and washable. This is available at most art supply or craft stores!
Voila! A perfect touch for your holiday dinner table, or New Year’s party. These would make a fantastic hostess gift too! Happy DIYing!