DIY Trimmed Cloth Napkins

One of my favorite ways to add a unique touch to a tablescape is by adding trim to simple cloth napkins! Learn how to make your own DIY trimmed cloth napkins below…

Pink trimmed cloth napkins on white plates

Create your own DIY trimmed cloth napkins with tassels, pom-poms, and more with this simple tutorial (no sewing machine needed). 

I absolutely ADORE this simple DIY for cloth napkins. It jazzes up any tablescape and you can tailor it to your color scheme!

They’re simple to make, no sewing machine required. You can choose your own napkins and trim so it will match your color scheme, and most fabric stores have tons of trim options from fringe and tassel to pom-pom!

I hope this video gives you a glimpse into just how easy it is to make these napkins. It’s truly as simple as it looks. Fabric glue is magical, friends.

While I did choose a bold pink for mine, you can always go with a basic white if you’re just trying out some designs. White goes with everything.

Same on same does look great as well so be on the lookout for fun colored napkins when you’re out and about.

Where to find cloth napkins:

My pink linen napkins came from Sur la Table, but I’m not seeing them listed on their website.

Can you wash DIY trim cloth napkins?

Yes! Be sure to read the instructions on your specific fabric glue, but I have had no trouble when washing mine after 24 hours on delicate.

That’s so important with cloth napkins because you want your guests to actually feel comfortable using them. You can wash them and the trim will not budge.

trim, pink napkin, fabric glue and gold scissors scattered on marble background

The fabric glue I used is called Fabric Fusion. You can usually find it at any craft or sewing store, or grab it here on Amazon. It’s easy to use!

pink fringe napkin on a plate setting of white plates and gold flatware

DIY Trimmed Cloth Napkins

Here’s what you’ll need: 

Cloth Napkins
Fabric Fusion (or similar fabric glue)
Trim
Scissors

pink napkin with tassel trim on white plates on a vibrant pink tablecloth

These DIY Trimmed Cloth Napkins would be such a fun craft to do for a girl’s night. You could grab lots of various trims and have everyone bring a pack of cloth napkins.

Make some champagne punch and craft the night away! I love easy DIYS like these trimmed cloth napkins that turn out beautifully (even for the DIY-challenged) and can be used for entertaining for years to come.

Get inspired by these colorful tablescapes:

DIY trimmed cloth napkins to make for your parties! #diy
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DIY Trim Cloth Napkins

Make your own trimmed cloth napkins with this easy DIY!
Prep Time5 mins
Active Time5 mins
Drying Time1 d
Total Time1 d 10 mins
Yield: 1 cloth napkin
Cost: 5

Equipment

Materials

Instructions

  • Lay out your cloth napkins and measure one side.
    DIY Trimmed Cloth Napkins Materials
  • Cut your trim to line up with one edge of the cloth napkin.
  • Carefully line the trim with fabric glue and press the trim firmly onto the edge of the napkin.
  • Let dry for 24 hours.
  • All done! You can watch the video towards the top of this post to see me make mine so you can get a feel for just how easy it is!
    DIY trimmed cloth napkins to make for your parties! #diy

Notes

These DIY Trimmed Cloth Napkin instructions are a guide. The size of trim will vary based on how many cloth napkins you are making (ex: a set of 4 vs a set of 6). Your trim needs will also vary as you’ll need trim for each napkin. 

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17 Comments

  1. They look beautiful but how in the world will those napkins be washed????The tassels will get ruined!

    1. Vinnie, glad you asked! I did was them, on delicate, and they look 100% fine. The tassels look just like they did before. I suggest line drying (as I do with all decorative fabrics) but I happened to one run through the dryer on low and it was also fine. Thanks for your comment!

    2. Vinnie, for napkins these nice, fun and special, I seriously wouldn’t mind washing them by hand and hanging them to dry. I kind of like working with napkins in this way— ironing them and everything since they’re not too big. I’m probably the only one in this world, though. HA! It does look like a washing machine may be too harsh on the trim, so consider other washing methods. LOVE the idea and would certainly recreate the look with a chic monochromatic twist to it utilizing a neutral color palette. The tone-on-tone look could make them work for more than a festive occasion. I’m thinking a soft ivory or cream for the linen napkins, with the same colored tassel trim three shades darker, maybe in a goldfish color. I can already envision how gorgeous these would look at a summer party tablescape <3

      Best,
      Paola Arletty
      Creative Director
      Synonymous | Luxury Interior Design NYC
      Synonymouss.com

  2. Very useful post. This is my first time i visit here. I found so many interesting stuff in your blog especially its discussion.
    Really its great article. Keep it up.

  3. I love those napkin rings! Where did you get them?

  4. The towel was very nice and very luxurious when put on the table in the big restaurant

  5. Margie Berry says:

    I AM IN LOVE WITH YOUR MANY GORGEOUS TABLESCAPES. THE COLORS ARE BRILLIANT. SO MANY GREAT IDEAS. THANK YOU FOR SHARING!

    1. Thank you SO much! I really appreciate it!

  6. Hello ! these are stunning!!!! May I ask where you purchased the pink tassel trim? I can’t find it anywhere and would love to make these for my wedding!!!
    Hooray!
    Thank you and xoxo from miami
    Alicia

    1. I bought it at a local fabric store in Nashville called The Fabric House.

  7. Stephanie Presley says:

    The table cloth is so pretty! Do you mind sharing where you purchased?

    1. Hi Stephanie, this is a tablecloth we made from fabric made by Lacefield Designs.

  8. Your tablescape is gorgeous! Would you mind sharing where you found the gold rimmed coupe glasses?!

    1. They’re the Olivia & Oliver Line from Bed, Bath & Beyond!

  9. Wardie Sanders says:

    Please share where you purchased your pink trim. Was it cotton or silk trim? Love this idea!
    Thank you!
    Wardie

    1. Hi Wardie, I got it at a local shop here in Nashville called The Fabric House. I’m not certain on the exact material but my guess is cotton.

  10. Very cool, because I really like to do something with my own hands, and my chef, I think that it would be a great gift for her with her own hands for a holiday, since she loves handmade gifts, and even her dishes would look cool in the pictures ! I really liked this idea. I just think I’ll change the colors and want to take a thinner fabric. Thank you very much for this idea, I think not only I liked it. And by the way, children will definitely use such napkins and will not be glamorous at the table! Cool!

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