How to Make Custom Napkins and Napkin Rings

I decided to make a custom table cloth to match the china I already owned.  For the tablecloth instructions see here:

How to Make a Custom Tablecloth

This post explains how to make custom napkins and napkin rings to match a tablecloth or match whatever decor you choose.

How to Make Custom Napkin and Napkin Rings

For the custom napkins, it is as simple as taking fabric squares 12″ x 12″ and hemming all the way around.

Custom Napkin

For the napkin rings, start by using a strip of fabric that is 14 ” wide and fold it in half.


Cut strips that are 3″ wide.  I needed six napkin rings, so I cut six strips.



Next, turn the strips with right sides together and sew both of the long sides by using a 1/4 inch seam.


Then, on the one remaining open end, turn down the top just 1/4 of an inch and iron it.


Then turn the whole ring to be right side out and press it flat.


Because you turned down the edge before turning the ring right-side-out, now all four sides has a clean edge.

Insert the sewn edge into the open end so the ring forms a circle.


Now for the tricky part, either hand sew or machine sew the two pieces together so they are permanently attached.  Below is a picture of how to accomplish this on a machine, but it’s not exactly easy.


The finished seam:


You can accentuate the napkin rings with pins for various holidays.

Holiday Napkin and Napkin Rings


Or make them to match your custom table cloth.