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How to Embroider Words on Thanksgiving Napkins

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.

how to embroider on 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!

DIY Thanksgiving Napkins(This post may contain affiliate links, which means I may receive a commission, at no extra cost to you, if you click a link and purchase something that I have recommended. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.)

To make these embroidered napkins, you’ll need:


How to Embroider Words on Thanksgiving Napkins

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.

Transfer an Embroidery Pattern with FriXion Pens

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.

how to embroider on cloth napkins

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.

how to start and stop embroidery

The back should look nice and tidy.

how to keep the back of embroidery neat

I made a total of 8 napkins, and I can’t decide which one is my favorite!

How to Embroider Words on Thanksgiving Napkins

How to Embroider Words on Thanksgiving Napkins

Which one would you want at your place setting?

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How to Embroider Words on Thanksgiving Napkins

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Marcie Adkins

Tuesday 10th of November 2020

Thank you! I am looking forward to making these! Exactly what I had in mind! I also appreciate your instructions on not having knots, a skill that has confused me thus far....hence my backs never look nice. A “nice looking backside” isy new goal.

Question though: what is name of font? I could not find thst in the comments. Thanks.

Jessica @ Cutesy Crafts

Friday 13th of November 2020

"Nice looking backside" haha! I just added the link to the font. It's Isabella Script Monoline.

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