How To Embroider Thanksgiving Napkins

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Supplies and Tools:

  • Linen for napkins
  • Sewing/Embroidery Machine {I used my Brother VM5200}
  • Fabric Stabilizer
  • Embroidery thread
  • Thanksgiving Embroidery Designs {mine are from Brother iBoidery.com}

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Directions:

This was such a fun project. I love machine embroidery, and it really complimented my handmade linen napkins. Of course, you can also embroider on napkins you purchase if you want to skip the first step, but I will start with sewing the napkins, then move on to the embroidery. The whole process can be seen in the included video as well.

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If you are sewing your own napkins, start by cutting 18” x 18” squares. Press a ¼” seam allowance over around the entire outer edge of the fabric.

Fold that seam allowance over again and press again.

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Sew on the folded edge with a straight stitch. I used a pretty decorative gold thread for this edge.

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Once you have all the napkins pressed, you can sew them up pretty quickly.

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When you get to each corner while sewing, just lift the presser foot and pivot on the needle. The corners are pretty thick, with many layers, but it looks great when sewn.

The video tutorial will walk you through the steps for embroidering the napkins, but I will also step it out here.

  1. Choose one or more embroidery designs from your machine or Brother iBroidery and transfer to the machine.
  2. Fold the napkin as you plan to at the table. Mark the fabric where you will add the embroidery so it shows when folded.
  3. Hoop the fabric with stabilizer and load hoop into the machine.
  4. Thread the first color into the machine and change each color as prompted.
  5. When embroidery is complete, remove from the hoop and pull off the stabilizer.
  6. Trim jump threads
  7. Fold napkin as planned. Add a napkin ring or ribbon.

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Set your table and enjoy!! If I was making more than four napkins, I would just repeat the same embroidery patterns over and over.

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Here are the four designs I used. I did change some of the thread colors so that all four designs used the same coordinating color threads. I’m just so thrilled with this napkin set.

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