Faux Hemstitch Housewarming Napkins


Have you ever made a gift that turned out so nice that you wanted to keep it for yourself? That’s exactly what happened with these napkins. Fortunately, I bought a little extra fabric so I could make a few for myself later…


These are a housewarming present for my sister-in-law. She is an interior designer, and has a beautiful sense of style, always full of neutrals and textures. I was intimidated to make something for her, but I figured napkins were a pretty safe bet. I tried to echo her style with a neutral textured linen. I actually got it at Joann’s on sale for $10.19 a yard. Eight 16″ napkins used up just under 2 yards of fabric (leaving enough for 4 more napkins for myself!).


I followed a tutorial by Purl Soho for these napkins. What makes them special is the finishing around the edges. There is a decorative line about 1/2″ in from the fringe created by strategically pulling out threads from the fabric. Then, of course, there is the fringe edge. Both of these elements were really easy to create, and just involved pulling out threads with tweezers and a pin. Honestly, I did 90% of this while watching tv. The only time I had to drag myself away from the couch was to sew one line of stitching around each napkin to secure the fringe.


I love how simple these napkins are, yet special at the same time. They don’t need to be reserved for special occasions, though! I pre-washed the fabric, so they can be thrown in the washing machine with the rest of the laundry.

Pattern:  Purl Soho’s Faux Hemstitch Napkins
Fabric: 2 yards linen from Joann Fabrics @ $10.19/yd
Notions: thread
Cost: $20.38 fabric + thread from stash  = $20.38
Time: 8 hours

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