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Patch-Pocket Napkin with Gratitude Place Card

A sweet twist on place cards, this encourages people to pause and reflect before going around the table.

pocket napkin

Photography: Lennart Weibull

Source: Martha Stewart Living, November 2017


Stitch patches onto linen napkins — we went for a green plaid that plays up the vintage dinner-plate pattern. Then tuck in a mini pencil and a personalized note, and ask folks to jot something down once they find their seat. 


  • Patterned fabric

  • Fabric scissors

  • Iron

  • Straight pins

  • Linen dinner napkin (Pictured: H&M washed-linen napkin, in Linen Beige, $6,

  • Sewing supplies

  • Place card (optional)


  1. Cut out a 4 3/4-by-4-inch piece of patterned fabric, using the selvage as one of the 4 3/4-inch edges.

  2. Fold in cut edges of fabric 3/8 inch; iron. Pin to bottom corner of napkin, 1 inch from edges, leaving selvage edge open at top of pocket.

  3. Sew pocket onto napkin, using contrasting thread, 1/8 inch from edge.

  4. Optional: tuck a "gratitude" place card into the sewn pocket.

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