DIY Fabric Napkin Rings

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Learn to make these unique knotted napkin rings with gorgeous silk fat quarters. They are great scrap busters, and these would be great hostess gifts!

Having cloth napkins and DIY napkin rings makes any meal feel extra special. It levels it up from a regular everyday meal. I’ve wanted to make napkin rings, but I wanted to sew them with fabric.

I decided to figure out how to make knotted fabric napkin rings, and they turned out so cute. It’s fun to mix and match colors, and these DIY fabric napkin rings are so easy to make! You can make a set to enjoy or for a handmade gift.

DIY Fabric Napkin Ring

What fabric should I use for a napkin ring?

This fabric napkin ring was designed to be used with lightweight silk fabric. I liked the luster of the silk, and the thin fabric makes it easier to tie the knot.

This fabric napkin ring can also be used with quilting cotton if you interface only half of the rectangle. You also have to cut it on the bias or the fabric will be too thick and uncooperative for the knot.

DIY Fabric Napkin Ring

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DIY Fabric Napkin Ring

DIY Fabric Napkin Rings


scraps of silk fabric


Cut your silk into 4 inch by 8 inch pieces with matching pieces of fabric. If you have enough fabric you can cut the rectangles on the bias for a softer knot.

cut fabric into rectangles

Interface each piece with fusible interfacing and an iron. It’s really important to use interfacing or the fabric will be too light and you can poke holes when turning it right side out. (Ask me how I know!)

interface silk fabric

Sew the short ends of the two rectangles together with a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Press the seam open and flat.

sew fabric into long rectangle

Fold the rectangle in half lengthwise matching the long edges with right sides together. Pin it in place along the whole edgel. 

fold and match long edges right sides together

Start sewing at the folded point then out to the raw edges and then back to the other folded point creating a crescent-like shape. Leave a 2 inch hole in the middle for turning. Backstitch when you start and when you stop each time.

sew seam and end in curved point at each end

Trim the seam allowances and points down to reduce the bulk.

trim corners and edges

Carefully turn the piece right side out and poke out the corners with a point turner. Don’t push too hard or you’ll push a hole into your fabric.

turn right side out

Press the piece flat with the hole seam allowance tucked inside. Topstitch the hole closed 1/8 inch from the edge.

sew hole closed

Grab a cylinder about 2 inches in diameter. Wrap the fabric around it and tie it in a square knot. Adjust the knot so that you like how it looks.

tie ring around cylinder in double knot

Insert the cloth or paper napkin into the napkin ring and set it on your table. You finished!

DIY Fabric Napkin Ring

If you make something using this sewing project, I’d love to see! Please share it on social media with the hashtag #heatherhandmade and tag me!

DIY Fabric Napkin Ring
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I believe small sewing moments can create great joy. Find your own “right” way to sew. -Heather

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