I created a pair of Merry and Bright Christmas Napkins to add festive cheer to our table. Featuring lettering that is raw edged appliqued onto ready made napkins. This is a fun scrap busting project, and can be easily made in an afternoon.
I used scraps of quilting cotton in shades of red and pink – including polka dots, gingham, stripes, and small scale florals. For a fun, scrappy look, combine a variety of fabrics.
You could mix up the lettering to include: Naughty and Nice; Santa and Mrs Claus; Merry and Bright; or even include the name of each person in your family. This way you can be eco-friendly with reusable napkins, as well as adding some Holiday cheer.
If you would like to make your own you will need:
- Linen Napkins (I purchased these ones from Kmart ) or else you can make your own using this easy tutorial.
- Fabric scraps in shades on pink and red
- double sided fusible web such as Steam a Seam
- coordinating threads
- Computer and Printer (to print out the words)
Firstly, decide on the wording for your napkins and type it in Microsoft Word. I used Open Sans Extra Bold font in 140 size. Print the words out onto paper. Then trace the letters in reverse onto the back of the double sided fusible web as shown in the image below.
Cut out each letter and fuse it to the back of your fabric following manufacturers directions. Carefully cut out the letters using sharp embroidery scissors and position the letters on the napkins. When you are satisfied with the placement, peel off the backing paper and fuse in place with your iron.
Using coordinating thread and small stitch length (I used 1.5) carefully stitch around each letter three times to anchor and outline the letter. Pull threads to the back and snip.
This is a fun afternoon project. I love adding a handmade touch to my Christmas decorating. You can find more of our Christmas tutorials here.
Check out some of our Christmas Projects in in our Etsy store: