I spent part of the day today working on these Christmas Napkins. I am so tickled with the way they turned out!! I made them out of a piece Painter’s Canvas Drop Cloth that I found at Lowe’s for a mere $5.00. The price is hard to beat but I actually do love the way this cloth looks a lot like a rustic linen. I was able to make 4 napkins and two tea towels out of one 4ft. x 5ft. piece. Are you looking for an easy and inexpensive handmade Christmas gift idea?
Here is how I made them. I took a cloth napkin that I already had and used it as a pattern for the size I wanted. My napkins measure approximately 19 inches x 19 inches. I cut out 4 pieces of the Painter’s Cloth. I turned in the raw edges approximately 1/4 inch on all four sides and ironed it down with a hot iron. I then turned each side in again 1/4 inch and ironed in place. I sewed all four edges down so that all my edges were finished with a double folded edge. This gives you a neat edge. Ironing down all the edges really helped make the sewing part much easier and the edges neater. Don’t skip this step!
I then stenciled the word “Noel” on each of my napkins using black craft paint. To do this I carefully folded the napkins how I wanted to see them in the napkin rings and that is how I knew where I wanted to place my stencil. I used a stencil that I purchased at Maison de Stencil but you could also use any alphabet stencil and then you could dip the eraser at the top of a pencil in some paint and touch it down to get the two dots over the letter “E” in “Noel”. I also used some blue painter’s tape to help keep my stencil in place while I worked.
And don’t they look great with the number napkin rings I found at Pottery Barn last year?! :)
I think I am going to get myself another piece of the Painter’s Cloth and make some more so that I have a set of at least 6 or 8 napkins. I also made two tea towels that I can’t wait to show you. I will be posting them soon!! So stay tuned!
I am linking this post up to Make It 4 Monday Over at Cottage Instincts. Stop by to see some more great ideas.
And I am linking up to Just Something I Whipped Up Holiday Style over at The Girl Creative. More fun projects over there too!
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