Gift Idea: Napkins

NAPKINS You can also use bought napkins.


Finished napkin is 45cm x 45cm.

You Will Need

  • 100 x 100cm white fabric
  • two 50 x 100cm printed fabrics, in two different prints
  • matching coloured thread

To Cut

Cut four squares each 48 x 48cm from the white and printed fabrics (1.5cm hem allowances included).

To Sew

Fold under double hems around the squares and top-stitch with matching coloured thread. Press flat for a neat appearance.


You Will Need

  • rose template
  • 4 white fabric napkins
  • dressmaker’s pen
  • embroidery thread of your choice (we used Decora white 1401 16)
  • embroidery needle
  • 220cm lace of your choice, or a crocheted edging (see below)
  • matching coloured thread

To Make

Trace the rose template onto a corner of the napkins using a dressmaker’s pen or quilting pencil. The lines can be erased or washed out later. Embroider the rose and buds in satin stitch. Fill the space around the rose with French knots and embroider the small flower in chain stitch. Use straight stitches for the stems of the small flowers. Darn in the thread ends at the back.


Cut a length of lace sufficient to go around the napkin and top-stitch to the napkin. If you are using crochet edging, top-stitch it to the napkin.


You Will Need

  • Elle crochet No. 5 yarn in lilac
  • 2mm crochet hook


beg      beginning

ch        chain

dc        double crochet

rep      repeat

rnd(s) round(s)

sp        space

ss         slip stitch

tr         treble

To Crochet

Work sufficient ch to fit your napkin [45cm x 4 sides = 180cm]. This is the foundation rnd of your edging.

1st rnd: Work 2 ch, 1 dc in each ch, join with ss in top of 2 ch at beg of rnd.

2nd rnd: Work 2 ch, * 5 ch, miss 4 dc, 1 ss in next dc *; rep from * to * to end of rnd, working 7 ch at each corner, not 5, join with ss in 2nd ch at beg of rnd.

3rd rnd: Work 2 ch (3 dc, 1 tr, 3 dc) in each 5 ch-sp and (4 dc, 1 tr, 4 dc) in each 7 ch-sp at corner, join with ss in top of 2 ch at beg of rnd. Fasten off. Darn in yarn ends.


You Will Need

  • 4 printed fabric napkins (two each in a different print)
  • dressmaker’s pen
  • embroidery thread of your choice (we used DMC 604)
  • embroidery needle

To Make

Draw two parallel lines using the dressmaker’s pen, 5mm apart, around your napkin. Embroider in cross-stitch working all the stitches in the same way inside the parallel lines. Darn in the thread ends at the back as you work for a neat finish. Erase the lines with a damp cloth. Turn the napkins over and press.


We scanned special photos and designed the paper on the computer, use this to decorate the box. Stick it to the lid with spray glue and line the box with the paper too. We then painted the rest of the box black and stuck houndstooth paper around the edges of the lid.

Tag You can use a photograph that has sentimental value to you, make two holes on each side and thread a ribbon through to tie the tag to the box.

Words and images: Ideas magazine

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