Thursday, May 19, 2011

Fabric Medallion Napkin Rings

An easy tutorial for making napkin rings using fabric scraps!
Choose your fabric scraps to coordinate with the table theme or holiday colors.  We're planning for the upcoming Memorial Day Weekend.

For each napkin ring, you will need:
  • a strip of fabric 18" x 1.5"
  • a 2 or 4 hole button
  • a 10" length of round cord elastic
  • craft glue
  • fabric starch (we use Mary Ellen's Best Press)

Start by cutting your fabric into a strip measuring 18" by 1.5".

Spray on a little starch or light fabric stiffener, and iron the strip flat.  We love Mary Ellen's Best Press, and we sell it at Picking Daisies. (We'll be happy to give you a free sample if you are interested in trying it.)

Begin to fold the strip of fabric in an accordion fashion, back and forth every 1/2",  ironing as you go, until you have the entire strip folded into a little stack.

Thread a sharp needle and push it through all the folds.  Be careful of your finger - we highly recommend wearing a thimble for this step!

Pull the thread through, tie it together and snip off the long ends of thread.

Glue the two flat end pieces of fabric together to create a round "medallion".

Take your 10" length of elastic cord and thread it through the button, leaving the two ends of cord even in length.

Tuck the long ends of the elastic cord through the center of the medallion, pull them through the back, then tie and trim to make the elastic circle that your napkin will slip through.

 Put a drop of glue on the back of the button, then use the elastic cord to pull it firmly (but not too tightly) to the medallion.

Wait for the glue to dry, then tuck your napkin through the elastic, sit back and admire your new fabric medallion napkin rings.

We made these in preparation for our Memorial Day table setting which we will be working on this weekend - so stay tuned.....

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