Fabric napkins can add a touch of elegance to any wedding reception. These wedding dress napkins are made from cotton fabric with lace trim and a paper bodice. I designed them myself. If you are on a budget but would like a classy wedding reception you can't go wrong with these napkins. They are quick, easy to make, and very inexpensive. Napkins can be expensive to buy and this is a good alternative to buying them.
Step 1: Supplies
Supplies listed are for one 18 (inch diameter circle) wedding dress napkin.
1 20 Inch (double) pre-washed white cotton or linen fabric for the dress.
2 Yards of lace
(1) Small paper lace doily ( For the dress bodice )
Iron/ ironing board
Ruler or measuring tape
18 Inches diameter circle pattern from cardboard
Marker to draw pattern
Small piece of cardboard ( for the bodice )
Step 2: Cutting Out the Dress
Make yourself a circle pattern out of cardboard measuring 18 inches in diameter.
Cut it out.
Mark the fabric using the cardboard pattern to cut 2 18 inch round shapes from fabric to make the napkin.
You are going to be making a lined round cloth napkin with a lace trim.
Step 3: Pinning in the Lace and Layers
Lay one circle with the right side facing you.
Pin lace around the outside edge of the circle with the ruffle facing the center of the cloth.
Lay the right side of the 2ND circle over the top of the lace and the bottom circle ( matching the outside edge as close as possible) and pin it to all the layers.
Mark an opening about 6 inches to allow for turning.
Step 4: Sewing the Layers
Allow a small seam and beginning with your mark sew around the napkin keeping the seams exactly the same and sew up to your 2ND mark.
Trim thread and carefully trim up to the seam all the way around the seam to make the napkin lay nice and flat.
Turn the napkin right side out.
Using a cloth over the napkin, iron the seam to prevent the lace from getting too hot. .
Turn the raw edges towards the center between the napkin layers.
Iron and pin into place.
Sew the outside edge all the way around to make a nice finished seam.
Trim the threads.
Press the napkin using a cloth over the fabric to protect the lace.
Step 5: Fold the Napkin
Fold the napkin almost in half leaving a small ruffled border.
Fold again as shown.
Fold the top point down towards the back to make a nice slim waist-line.
It might take you a few times to find the perfect fold. It does take practice.
Step 6: The Bodice
For the bodice I cut out a paper heart several times until I had the desired shape when laid under the waist of the dress.
Then I cut off the pointed end.
I cut two pieces of white cardboard so the front and back of the bodice would be white and glued them together.
I cut out the same shape from the lace doily and glued it to one side of the cardboard bodice.
Insert the bodice in the dress and mark where you want the small rose.
Remove the bodice from the dress and glue the rose to the bodice and let it dry.
After it is dry insert the bodice in the waist of the dress.
You are finished!
Step 7: Sunshiine's Final Thoughts.
My son is getting married around the first of the year. They are wanting a simple wedding with a nice reception but do not want to go in debt with economy concerns. I am making these napkins for their reception and making the decorations. The wedding dress napkins placed in the center of a plate will be elegant and add a touch of class to the reception without breaking their budget.
I hope anyone who makes these will share their pictures so others may see how beautiful they are. After the wedding I will post pictures of the reception decorations.
Thank you for visiting. Have a beautiful day!