DIY cocktail napkins are festive to add to your holiday decor or to give as a gift. These cocktail napkins are easy to make, I promise!
We all know that a good party starts with great drinks and these DIY cocktail napkins will add the perfect touch to your holiday get togethers or be the perfect hostess gift to give.
If you have followed me for a while, you might recognize these trees. I made a Christmas pillow last year with these trees and now I have made DIY cocktail napkins which I absolutely love.
I also teamed up with some of my favorite bloggers as we are all sharing gifts you can make. Be sure to swipe to the bottom of this post to see them all.
DIY Linen Cocktail Napkins to Give or to Keep!
My favorite kind of gift to give is one from the heart. One I have made with my hands with the recipient in mind. These DIY linen cocktail napkins are one of my favorite gifts to give.
The cocktail napkins make the cutest hostess gift or stocking stuffer. They are wonderful.
These DIY cocktail napkins are easy to make and easy to customize. If you can draw a triangle and a circle, you can make these! Add the free motion embroidery and you have an amazing gift to give!
If you have followed me for a while, you know that I have made a lot of free-motion embroidery pillow covers. I paint a shape, like a flower or Christmas tree, and then use the free motion presser foot to embroider over the paint and embellish the design. The result is quite extraordinary.
I am always brainstorming free-motion embroidery ideas and these cocktail napkins are the result of one of those brainstorms. I absolutely love them and can’t wait to give them as gifts. Perhaps, I might have to make some for myself too.
Free Motion Embroidery – Everything You Need to Know
As you can see, painting the napkins does not require painting experience. It’s pretty simple and you do not need to paint a Christmas tree. Just paint shapes.
All of the detailing in the cocktail napkins is done with the free motion stitch embroidery. And the funny thing is, the stitching is also not perfect.
I hope you will trust me when I say that anyone can make these.
Aren’t they adorable?
If you want to learn more about how to free motion stitch embroidery, head to this blog post. I made this same design on a pillow and you can read everything you need to know!
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What You Need to Make Christmas Tree Cocktail Napkins
Cocktail Napkins (I like these 6×6″ linen cocktail napkins. You can buy 12 for under $22 for a very inexpensive gift!)
Acrylic craft paint (2 oz. bottles) two reds, two greens, and one brown (such as Folk Art Hunter green, Bright Green, Lipstick Red, Barnyard Red, and Real Brown) You need a red and a yellow-red. You also need a green and a yellow-green.
Paint brushes, 1/2 and 1″
Darning (Free Motion Embroidery) Foot – Just make sure you confirm this fits your machine.
Washable Fabric Marker – Mark Be Gone or a light pencil
Thin Permanent Marker (if you don’t have a sewing machine)
Step by Step How to Make DIY Cocktail Napkins
Once you have picked your design (and feel free to use this one), draw a very light outline with a washable fabric marker or light pencil.
As you can see, all I drew on the napkin was the tree.
And my drawing was less than perfect.
- one – Once you have drawn your design, apply the paint. I like to show some light in my trees, so I painted green on the left side and a warmer yellow-green on the right side. Do not paint the area where you intend to paint another color, such as red paint. Just leave those areas blank.
- two – Paint the entire trees, including the yellow stars on top. Let dry.
- three – Place the darning foot on your sewing machine and stitch the outline of the design. Stitch everywhere twice.
- four – Stitch the second tree and you’re done!
The steps to make the other two Christmas drink coasters were exactly the same as above. All you need to do is iron the napkin to set the acrylic paint and you are done.
Also, if you don’t like to sew, you can use a permanent thin marker and achieve the same look without a sewing machine.
If you are gifting these DIY cocktail napkins, I usually gift a set of four cocktail napkins tied with a pretty ribbon.
No time for crafts but would like some cute linen cocktail napkins for yourself or to give as gifts? Here you go!
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If you’re trying to figure out what to give to your friends and neighbors this year, why not try my Double Chocolate Chip Cookies in a Jar DIY? Who can resist homemade chocolate chip cookies? This jar of yumminess includes all the ingredients except for three things. Plus, these cookies are hands down delicious!
We all know that a good party starts with great drinks. Today I am sharing easy DIY cocktail napkins to give as a gift. Try pairing them with a pair of martini glasses, cranberries, and a colorful bottle of Tanquerey gin.
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