When I think of Thanksgiving, lots of words come to mind. Most of those words focus around tradition, family, and being thankful. Since Thanksgiving also focuses a lot on the food, I thought it would be fun to embroider some of those words on cloth napkins. So I’ve got a free Thanksgiving embroidery pattern today, and a step-by-step video that shows you how to embroider words on these DIY Thanksgiving napkins.
I honestly don’t know what I’m going to do with these napkins. Normally we are at my mom’s with at least 20 people, and I don’t think I’ll have the motivation to embroider that many. I imagine that one day, someone will find these in a drawer and remember that grandma embroidered them for no particular reason. I’ll put them next to my embroidered tea towels. Haha!
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To make these embroidered napkins, you’ll need:
- free thanksgiving words embroidery pattern (instructions to download are at the bottom of this post)
- cloth napkins
- dark gray embroidery floss (color used listed on the pattern)
- size 9 embroidery needle
- 6 inch embroidery hoop
- FriXion pen
- light table
- font download (optional, if you want to choose your own words)
Watch the video tutorial!
I created an in depth video that will show you exactly how to embroider words on these napkins. Watch it below. (If you are using an ad blocker, you may need to turn it off to see the video).
How to Embroider Words on Thanksgiving Napkins
First, transfer the design onto your napkin. I placed mine 1 inch from the side and 1 inch from the bottom. Use a light table or sunny window to trace the word onto the napkin. I like to use a FriXion pen, but you can use other methods found in my post on how to transfer and embroidery pattern.
Put the napkin in a 6 inch embroidery hoop. Make sure the word isn’t too close to the edges of the hoop. To do that, you might not be able to have all of the edges of the fabric inside the hoop. That’s okay, just make sure the fabric is tight, and your word doesn’t get distorted.
Next, stitch the design using two strands of floss and a stem stitch. Since the back of your napkin will be uncovered, pay extra attention to how it looks. Don’t use knots, and don’t have big lines of floss going from one area to another on the back. If you watch the video above, you’ll see several tricks on how to accomplish this. I also have another video on how to start and stop embroidery without knots. These are the same techniques you would use when learning how to embroider tea towels.
The back should look nice and tidy.
I made a total of 8 napkins, and I can’t decide which one is my favorite!
Which one would you want at your place setting?
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