A small accent like a napkin ring can define your table setting, pulling together whatever look -- formal, festive, or casual -- you want to create. These unusual napkin rings, a wonderful addition to a simple table setting, are made out of cord closures called frogs, which are available at fabric and trimmings stores.
A traditional feature of Asian fashions, silk or satin frogs are often used as closures on the fronts of blouses, shirts, and light jackets. Frogs cost between $1.50 and $3 each, making this project an inexpensive one. And because each napkin ring requires only two pieces -- a length of elastic and a frog -- they're easy to make; in less than an hour, you can create enough rings for a table of eight.
Tools and Materials
Cloth frog (less than 3 inches wide when fastened)
Elastic in a color that matches or complements your frog
Needle and thread in a color that matches elastic
Frog-Closure Napkin Ring How-To
1. Cut a piece of elastic about 3 inches long. Hand-stitch one end of the elastic to the underside of the frog.
2. Using a rolled napkin as a guide, place a frog (its two sides fastened together) on top, and pull the loose end of the elastic around the napkin to meet the unattached side of the frog. This will ensure that your ring isn't too loose or too tight.
3. Pin the elastic in place, trim excess elastic, and hand-stitch.