Looking for ways to reduce waste? I find using washable cloth napkins instead of paper helps us to be less wasteful. Follow along to make your own reusable hand embroidered napkins and take a step towards sustainability!
Supplies for Reusable Hand Embroidered Napkins
- 1 cotton “flour sack” dish towel (makes 4 napkins)
- Embroidery Thread in different colors
- Pattern of choice
- Embroidery hoop
- Here is an embroidery kit if you prefer, it contains the hoop, thread, patterns, needles, etc.
I really enjoy the flower patterns. Eventually I would like to add letters as well to personalize the napkins for each family member. I realize how special embroidery was to our ancestors, it allowed them to add personalization to every day things! Machine embroidery is a lot cleaner if you have access to one, but stitching by hand is satisfying as well and is a good skill to learn!
Steps to Make Napkins
- Cut the dish towel into four equal sized squares.
- You can add a “zigzag” stitch to the perimeter of your napkins if you have a sewing machine or serger to prevent fraying.
- Place corner of napkin into embroidery hoop.
- Follow pattern. I used two different types of stitches. I used the entire embroidery thread on the “petals” and only a couple strands of thread on the “stems” if that makes sense.
Embroidery takes a lot of practice! Each napkin took me an evening to embroider by hand. I enjoyed making these napkins for my family. We enjoy using them at our meals and I hope they become something your family enjoys as well!
I hope you try out this project and let me know in the comments below. Tag your napkins on Instagram using #xoxotinadesign, I would love to see them! Thanks for stopping by!
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