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As you’ll find out in my next post, I have the honor of hosting my first thanksgiving this year! I’m super excited, and I want to pull out all the stops to make it one they will remember. As a part of the tablescape I plan on doing, I have visions of beautiful, natural linen fringe napkins sitting oh so prettily atop our plates.
They’re actually very easy to make. There are many different versions. From no sew varieties, to mitered corned or reversible kinds, I’ve chosen the method somewhere in between. Fringed with a zig-zag edge to keep the fringe in check during the wash cycle. Simple, beautiful, natural. Check, check, annnnd check.
There are also many different sizes for fabric napkins. They start as small as 10″ for a cocktail napkin, and go all the way up to a very generous 24″ for a dinner napkin. That’s just ginormous to me. I mean really, who needs a 2 foot napkin? I decided on a modest 18″.
Let’s have a quick discussion about linen fabric. Joann’s is my go to place for supplies of this sort, with the nearest Hobby Lobby being more then an hour away. It’s always hard to venture into the fabric section at Joann’s, I get overwhelmed with joy and inspiration, and immediately get sidetracked.
When I finally came down from could nine, I had found myself in the linen section. There are many different types, a lot of which are “linen and linen look”. It took me browsing on the Joann’s website to steer me towards this top rated, true linen. It’s 16.99, but you should never pay full price at stores like these for they always have coupons on their websites. Usually a 40% off of a regular priced single item. I wasn’t able to use this coupon due to the fabric being on sale already, but it’s okay. I only paid $10 a yard as opposed to the usual $16.99. That’s still quite a deal to me!
- (1) yard linen fabric per (3) 18″ napkins
- Matching thread
Cut your fabric into 18″ squares, making sure to cut along the grain line. You should get 3 per yard.
Gently pull thread by thread from the outer edges, until you get the amount of fringe you find appropriate.
Optional: Sew a zig-zag stich along the fringe line. This will help ensure that the fringe doesn’t further fringe when you wash and dry these.
With 2 yards I was able to get (6) 18″ square napkins, (4) 18″ by 15″, and (2) slightly smaller napkins. I did pre-wash my fabric, so it might’ve shrunk a little doing that. Had I not, I might’ve been able to get (8) 18″ napkins. If you don’t pre-wash your fabric for this, please let me know how many you were able to squeeze out of it!
Have you decided to make these? Let me know in the comments below, or tag me on facebook @graceandthane, or on twitter @gracethaneblog.