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Project

Custom Holiday Napkins

Introduction

Martha demonstrates how to make one-of-a-kind napkins for your Thanksgiving table.

Resources: Fabric can be found at fabric stores. On today's show, Martha used a cotton fabric from Purl Patchwork. A bias-tape maker can be purchased at fabric or notions stores.

Materials

  • 2 yards fabric (makes approximately 6 napkins)
  • Wishbone stencil template
  • Rotary cutter
  • Shiny satin or woven fabric
  • Pins
  • Needle and thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Bias-tape maker
  • Niagara sizing spray
  • Iron
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Gold acrylic paint
  • Grid ruler

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Using a rotary cutter, cut a 21-by-21-inch square of desired fabric. Cut across fabric at a 45-degree angle (a bias cut), being sure to cut in the direction of the weave of the fabric.

  2. Step 2

    To make the napkin trim, use a grid ruler to cut 2-inch strips of your selected shiny satin, enough for 84 inches. With the right sides facing each other; take the edges, place together to form a V shape and pin. Sew a 1/4-inch seam along the pinned edge. Keep connecting strips together until you have one long strip measuring 84 inches.

  3. Step 3

    Place the long strip into a bias-tape maker and pull through. Using Niagara sizing spray, press strip with iron to set a hard fold. Fold trim in half, spray with sizing spray, and press with iron to create a nice, stiff fold, which is ready to be sewed onto napkin.

  4. Step 4

    Place trim around napkin and pin, making sure trim ends meet at center of napkin and leaving about four inches of trim at center of napkin. Make mitered corners and place into sewing machine. Sewing as close to the inside edge of the binding as you can, sew all the way around the napkin.

  5. Step 5

    Using a pencil mark where trims overlap, place right sides together and sew seam across. Cut off excess. Flip napkin back over and finish sewing.

  6. Step 6

    Download and print wishbone stencil template. Place stencil at right bottom corner of napkin. Using gold acrylic paint, stencil wishbone onto napkin. Allow napkin to dry for about 10 minutes and repeat one more time. Peel stencil off napkin.

Source
The Martha Stewart Show, November 2007

Reviews (3)

  • 14 Nov, 2008

    To save time, I purchased large cocoa brown napkins with decorative open work on edges. I made the wishbone stencil from a transparency sheet for better visual placement and attached to napkin with painter's tape to secure. I painted a wishbone on each napkin's right corner with 3D gold glitter fabric pant. I used a blow dryer set on low for 30 seconds with first stencil painting then repainted and blow dryed for 60 secs. Let fully dry flat for 48 hours. They came out absolutely beautiful!

  • 14 Nov, 2008

    To save time, I purchased large cocoa brown napkins with decorative open work on edges. I made the wishbone stencil from a transparency sheet for better visual placement and attached to napkin with painter's tape to secure. I painted a wishbone on each napkin's right corner with 3D gold glitter fabric pant. I used a blow dryer set on low for 30 seconds with first stencil painting then repainted and blow dryed for 60 secs. Let fully dry flat for 48 hours. They came out absolutely beautiful!

  • 19 Nov, 2007

    I am impressed these look so simple and elegant I will have to try.
    Thanks You