DIY No-Sew Cloth Napkins

DIY No-Sew Cloth Napkins

As promised earlier this week when we talked about making patterned napkins with fabric markers, today I’m going to show you another quick and easy way to gussy up your table. This time it’s all about the no-sew cloth napkins! This trick has been one of my go-to ways to style a table for years. Because, honestly, a lot of store-bought table linens are kind of meh when it comes to design, colors and patterns. And we like things to be fun, peppy and pretty! Or, at least I do. And I’m assuming you do, too. With this crazy easy technique you’ll be able to make napkins that add a pop of style to your table in no time. So let’s hop to it!

DIY No-Sew Cloth Napkins

Supplies –

  • Fabric of your choice (cotton is best)
  • Iron-on seam tape (available at any fabric store – I used this kind)
  • Rule or tape measure
  • Protective cutting surface
  • Fabric rotary cutter (mine is similar to this one)
  • Iron

DIY No-Sew Cloth Napkins

DIY No-Sew Cloth Napkins

First up, you need your fabric! One of my favorite sources for fabric is Spoonflower. You could also use a sheet or pillowcase or any other random piece of fabric that you love instead of buying yardage. Next up measure out a piece roughly 13″ square, which leaves you enough for a 1/2″ seam around the entire perimeter. Then just run a line of seam tape along one edge, leaving that 1/2″ border between the tape and edge of the fabric. Use your iron to bond the tape to the fabric, using the instructions as provided by the manufacturer of your particular seam tape. Continue in this fashion around all four sides of your fabric.

DIY No-Sew Cloth Napkins DIY No-Sew Cloth Napkins

DIY No-Sew Cloth Napkins

DIY No-Sew Cloth Napkins

Then begin folding up the edge of the fabric to cover the top of the seam tape and iron to bond the two together. Continue around each side, tucking and trimming the fabric at the corners to create a clean edge. Keep in mind that your napkins don’t need to be perfect! I like perfect, I’m sure you like perfect, too. But guess what? Nobody is going to pay much attention to the back of your napkins so make it as neat as you can without getting too crazy. (That from the girl who tends to get a little crazy about these things.) Then give the napkin a good overall ironing and voila! You have your very own custom cloth napkins that will literally only take a few minutes each to make.

DIY No-Sew Cloth Napkins

DIY No-Sew Cloth Napkins

What I love about this project is that it’s really crazy easy! It allows you to quickly dress up your table without a look of work and without contending against boring run of the mill linens. (Can you tell I have a vendetta against boring table linens?) I’ve been using this technique for years now – whether for entertaining friends or styling photo shoots – and it never fails to impress.

DIY No-Sew Cloth Napkins

DIY No-Sew Cloth Napkins

DIY No-Sew Cloth Napkins DIY No-Sew Cloth Napkins

DIY No-Sew Cloth Napkins

DIY No-Sew Cloth Napkins

[Design + styling by Cyd Converse for The Sweetest Occasion. | Photos by Alice G. Patterson.]

Sources –
Fabric + rotary cutter from Michaels
Steam-a-Seam from Hobby Lobby
Dinnerware by Heath Ceramics
Flatware, pitcher + shakers are all vintage

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Comments

Beautiful! I didn’t catch this in the post- how do they wash? Do they stay pretty sturdy? Can’t wait to try!

cyd

Hi Margie! Thanks so much. The seam tape creates a permanent bond so washing is a-ok! That said, I would always refer to the manufacturer’s instructions to see if they have recommended washing instructions for the specific seam tape you decide to use. Have fun!

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“No-sew” is my favorite DIY term, haha! I love the print on these napkins, and are those stag salt and pepper shakers? gorgeous.

Judy

I just discovered your site and I think I’m obsessed! This is a great tutorial (especially for non-sewers like myself) – if you wanted to make them double-sided would you just do two panels and then fuse them together?

cyd

@ Steph – Thank you! No-sew is definitely the only way I roll. ;-)

@ Judy – Thanks so much! For double-sided napkins, I would cut the two pieces of fabric and then place them one on top of the other so the “right” side is facing each other, as if you were going to make a pillow. Then just put the seam tape between the two pieces of fabric on three sides, fuse it and flip everything inside out. Then close up the other end with the tape, folding the edge under a touch to give it a nice clean edge. Once you have it all fused, just give it a good iron and it should be good to go! You could definitely use pins to hold it all together while you’re working if that makes it easier. I haven’t tried this approach myself, but that’s how I would tackle it…has me thinking about all kinds of other projects now! ;-)

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So pretty and simple! I do love to sew but sometimes it is nice to do no-sew projects too! Thanks for sharing!

Julia in Oregon

Oh my goodness!!! Where did you get those salt and pepper shakers????? :D No, seriously, where did you get them? ;)

cyd

Thanks, Julia! They’re actually vintage :-)

Julia in Oregon

Oh!!! Of COURSE they are, just my luck! lol! :D

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