DIY Custom Fall Napkins

These fall napkins are a simple and inexpensive way to add a custom touch to your seasonal tablescape.  If you possess the fabulous ability to sew, make your own napkins.  If not, napkins can be purchased at fairly reasonable price.  I didn’t do either, but am super fortunate to have a mother who can sew like a fein.  😉

Materials Needed:

  • Citrasolv
  • Spoon
  • Cloth Napkins
  • Graphic of Choice
  • Laser Printer
  • Iron
  • Rag
  • Scissors


  1. Find a graphic that suits your taste.  The graphic used for napkins shown is Seed Pod from The Graphics Fairy.  Those of you who are not familiar with The Graphics Fairy, you can thank me later. 😉  Ok, kidding – but, you can thank her.  This site is truly amazing and a fantastic {free!} resource for crafty people.
  2. Size picture to fit appropriate amount of space on napkin.  Size used is 2″.  Copy image onto page, one image for each napkin.  If you want, you can reverse graphic at this point.  This is optional since there are not any words in the design.
  3. Print graphics off.
  4. Cut graphics apart.
  5. With first napkin, place graphic ink side down close in proximity to one corner.
  6. With dab of Citrasolv on a rag, wipe back of image.
  7. With some muscle, use a spoon to transfer the image from the paper to the fabric.  Small movements, sometimes using almost the side of the spoon with some elbow grease behind it should do the trick.  Technically you are supposed to use the back of the spoon I believe, but as you continue to transfer graphics you will find certain movements and angle spoon is held will work better for you than others.  It is recommended by the manufacturer to iron the graphic after transferring.  I have tried with and without the ironing.  Personally, I couldn’t tell a difference.  If you have not done this before, you may want to practice a couple times on a piece of scrap fabric first.
  8. Repeat step 7. until each napkin has a graphic transferred onto it.


Sit back and enjoy people thinking these are far more expensive than they are. 😉


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