How to Make Leaf-Print Napkins for Your Holiday Tablecomments (6) November 14th, 2013
Nothing says autumn more than the harvest colors of fallen leaves. Make these simple napkins to dress up your holiday table and capture the fleeting beauty of fall.
If you don't want to make the napkins, skip the "Making the Napkins" instructions and print leaves on solid napkins you already have.
What you'll need (makes four napkins):
- A selection of leaves in different shapes (make sure they aren't too brittle)
- 1 yard solid cotton or linen
- Waxed paper or newsprint
- Sponge brush
- Fabric paint
- Rotary cutter and mat
- Sewing machine and thread
Printing the Leaves
1. Lay your fabric out on a large, flat surface. Make sure your surface is protected with waxed paper or newsprint.
2. Lay out another small sheet of waxed paper, and lay one leaf front side down on it.
3. Put a small amount of fabric paint on a sponge brush and daub the back of the leaf to coat.
4. Flip the leaf over, and lay it on fabric as desired. Roll a brayer over the leaf to print it. If you have never done this before, you might want to practice on a few scraps of test fabric first.
5. Continue with the design as desired. Let the paint dry, then iron on the wrong side of the fabric to set the paint.
Making the Napkins
1. With a rotarty cutter and mat, cut fabric into four 17 x 17-inch pieces.
2. On one side of one napkin, fold over the edge 1/4 inch, press, and fold over 1/2 inch. Press again. Repeat on the other side. Sew down both sides close to the seam. Backstitch at each end.
3. Repeat on the other two sides.
4. Repeat with the other napkins. Clip all threads.
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