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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

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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?

Thanksgiving Craft for Adults

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How to Embroider Words on Thanksgiving Napkins

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Monday 21st of November 2022


I just found this post on Pinterest and I am definitely going to try the FriXion pens! The water soluble ones don’t give me the fines lines I’m looking for when embroidering!

Can you tell me where you got the measuring tool from? I totally need this to make my life easier when lining up my designs!

Thank you!

Jessica @ Cutesy Crafts

Wednesday 8th of March 2023

Sorry for the super late reply. The ruler is just a rotary cutting ruler. I love it because it's clear.


Tuesday 15th of November 2022

Love love love these!! I am absolutely making them! Thanks for the great tutorial! One question: how do I make the dot on the “i” as neat as the other letters?


Tuesday 25th of October 2022

Thank you for this wonderful tutorial! Hoping to finish these up as a "gift" or family hosting this year! :)

After I've download the font to my computer and typed the words in Word, what size should the font be?

Jessica @ Cutesy Crafts

Tuesday 1st of November 2022

I used size 91 of the Isabella Monoline Script


Wednesday 22nd of December 2021

Ok I seriously feel like I learned so much from this video! My son uses cloth napkins so I wanted to make him some with his name, in rainbow his favorite color! (He’s only 5)lol I know he will love this! Thanks for sharing!

Jessica @ Cutesy Crafts

Thursday 13th of January 2022

Oh, that's adorable that he uses cloth napkins! So glad the tutorial was helpful!


Saturday 6th of November 2021

These are wonderful for anytime! Many years ago I got some linen on sale, embroidered them with simple outlines. When friends come over I have 2 baskets in the bathroom , one of small hand towels, the other for soiled towels instead of everyone using the same towel. Use the "good" stuff for the people you love most - your family!

Jessica @ Cutesy Crafts

Wednesday 10th of November 2021

Oh, that's such a smart idea! I always get grossed out a little when there's only one towel. Haha!

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