Rustic + Metallic Linen Napkins

by Leslie on January 26, 2012

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.

Cut the fabric into a 20in x 20in square for each napkin.
Tip: Iron the fabric before cutting.

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.

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.

Fold the edges again and iron in place being careful of corners.

Using the zigzag stitch on your sewing machine, sew the edges of the napkin. And there you have it!

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Jennifer January 17, 2013 at 1:49 pm


This message is regarding the “Rustic & Linen Napkins” that I absolutely LOVE!
I do not know how to sew, but I want to get someone to make these for me for my wedding. That would mean I need 220 (approx.)! I am having a hard time finding the linen, however…
Could you give me some more details (and tips if you have them) that would help me out?
Also, would you be interested in selling these/making them for me?



Leslie January 18, 2013 at 9:13 am

Hi Jenny! Thanks for your interest in my napkins! I have a 5 month old baby at home right now, so I don’t think I will have time to make that big quantity for your wedding. I’m sorry! If you find someone else to make them, this linen should work:
Good luck and congratulations on your engagement!
Best, Leslie


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