In hopes of never using paper towels at a dinner party again, I made these linen napkins this week. Taking inspiration from a friend’s wedding color palette, I used a combination of natural and metallic with oatmeal colored linen, gold fabric paint, and this pretty metallic thread. On half the napkins I stamped rows of gold polka dots using the fabric paint and a wine cork. On the other half, I used the copper and gold thread to sew crisscrossing lines. I love the way they turned out. The oatmeal linen gives them a rustic, natural feel, while the metallic accents make them feel special.
STEP 2: DECORATE FABRIC
Using the fabric paint and a wine cork, stamp four rows of polka dots along the bottom of the fabric. I used a ruler to evenly space the first row and then eyeballed the rest. If you have the patience, feel free to use a ruler on all the rows.
Tip: Test out your stamp on extra fabric first. I found the best technique was to first press down firmly, then release and very carefully spin the cork in a circle to make sure the paint gets evenly distributed. Use a good amount of paint on your stamp.
For the other style, alternate between the copper and gold thread sewing slanted lines that crisscross each other. Have fun with it. The messier the better!
Tip: Sewing with metallic thread isn’t easy. Play with it first on extra fabric testing the tension settings on your machine. Once your ready to sew, go slow.
STEP 3: IRON EDGES
Fold the edges of the napkins up a 1/4 of an inch. Iron to hold the fold in place. You will fold the edge again. I found it helped to snip the corners at a diagonal before folding again. See the picture above.