How pretty a napkin can be when simply trimmed with beautiful buttons! Using glue-stick makes the job much easier! Coordinate the buttons with a theme or dining decor; we recycled our buttons from men's shirts for a vintage look...
For each napkin you will need
1 napkin, we used one from a department store
lots of buttons, enough to go around desired area of napkin
1-inch wide blue painter's tape
disappearing dressmaker's marking pen
needle, hand-quilting thread, iron, ironing board
Wash and press napkin before beginning this project.
To mark the button placement line, use the edge of the napkin as a guide to stick blue painter's tape around the outside edge of the napkin. Trace around the inside edge of tape with disappearing marking pen. Allow the ink to dry; remove tape. With glue-stick, apply a thin line of glue on top of the drawn line. Stick buttons to glue, keeping the line straight. If the line tends to veer off-center, remove buttons and reapply in desired direction. Allow glue-stick to dry. Carefully press napkin on the reverse side to set glue-stick. Allow to cool.
Beginning in one corner, use needle and doubled hand-quilting thread, stitch through buttons in one direction, then back in the other direction. Only stitch up-through-one-hole, down-through-another, in each direction. Knot beginning and end of every thread; keep thread taught and even throughout.
Washing napkin after sewing the buttons will soften and remove the glue-stick. Press napkin from the reverse side, taking care when pressing over buttons.
Click here to print a copy of these instructions;Download Craft pdf Template-Button Trimmed Napkins