Easy DIY Frayed Edge Linen Napkins

Making your own linen napkins is way easier (and cheaper) than you’d think! I’m about to blow your mind with how easy it is to make these no sew napkins!

DIY Frayed Edge Linen Napkins Cheap and Chic

Every holiday, I’m the first one buying decorative cocktail napkins. The thing is, I hate throwing them away, and I really hate the way the stiff paper of printed napkins feels on my skin. I made these for a recent party and have used them a couple of times since, and I’m now a DIY napkin convert. They’re a great way to elevate your event. Everyone was asking me where I got them! I even went and got fabric to make more for Easter!

DIY Frayed Edge Linen Napkin is Easy!

As with all good rehab projects, I started with a need that turned into an idea, then I headed to the fabric shop (okay, bad projects start that way, too, just stay with me here.) I knew I was looking for a red, pink, or purple, but was willing to go with the flow based on what was available. I found this gorgeous pink color and ended up making 8 HUGE napkins for $17!

DIY Frayed Edge Napkin
The napkins looked gorgeous with the lace runner and vintage dishes at my Galentine’s Day tea party.

The only tools you need for this project are the linen and fabric scissors. Believe me, fabric scissors are necessary. They make a huge difference in being able to get straight lines and smooth cuts.

Here are the steps to get you on your way to making your own frayed edge linen napkins:

  1. Wash and dry your fabric to preshrink it. If you want to skip the prewash, I’m sure you’d be okay just cutting the napkins larger than you normally would to allow for some shrinkage.
  2. Decide how many napkins you want/ can get from your piece of cloth. I did this by folding my fabric and estimating how big I’d want each napkin to be. I do everything based on look, so I’m sure if you wanted to measure, you could get really specific and make lines on your fabric with a fabric pen, but why make it harder than it needs to be?
  3. Cut your fabric! I used the folds to guide how I cut the fabric. It’s easier for me to cut when I’m holding both sides of the fabric and can get the scissors flying smoothly!

    DIY Frayed Edge Napkins Fabric Detail
    Before you get to make a mess!
  4. Then you’re ready for the fun! Pulling out the fabric at the edges to create the pretty frayed look. It can be messy, but that’s half the fun, right? I pulled the fabric around the edges while I watched an episode of Fixer Upper.

    DIY Frayed Edge Linen Napkin How To
    Pulling out the edges. You want to work from the piece on the outermost edge first. Otherwise, the strings can get tangled.
  5. Enjoy your new napkins! Yep, that is it! Wash, cut, pull, done!

DIY Frayed Edge Linen Napkins Easy Entertaining

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Galentine’s Day Tea Party

In honor of Valentine’s Day this year, I broke out some of my vintage dishes and invited some friends over for a last minute Galentine’s tea party. We all know you don’t really need a reason to get together with your girls, but who doesn’t love a theme?

Follow along for my tips and you’ll be throwing a tea party in no time!

Everything was all about mix and match. I had camomile flowers left over from last week that I mixed with my Valentine’s flowers I got over the weekend.

Because I’m constantly thrifting, all of my plates and cups and silver pieces are just a bit different. I tied it all together with matching gold teaspoons, gold flatware, and pink linen napkins that I made one morning last week.

To make the party as simple as possible, I picked up pastries including these amazing heart shaped, chocolate dipped cookies at my local bakery. I also stocked the fridge with lots of champagne. Of course we also had tea! I served Prince of Wales, mint, and a blend from Laduree (a French pastry shop.)

I used a piece of lace I had left over from a project as a runner and mixed up chairs from around the house for an Alice in Wonderland vibe. I had my guests pick records that we played throughout the party.

Along with pastries, I served tea sandwiches. Because what is a tea party without tea sandwiches!?! I made butter and cucumber sandwiches, salmon with cream cheese and dill sandwiches, and turkey and cheese sandwiches. I think cucumber sandwiches are extremely overlooked and underrated. Last year, I had an obsession where I ate probably 3 cucumber sandwiches a week for at least a month.

I also served a veggie tray and radishes with butter and sea salt. I loved having the veggies, even though it’s not “traditional” for tea time.

I sent my girls home with these sweet treats because don’t they just remind you of being a kid!?

I hope you guys enjoyed seeing photos from my party! When you throw your own, just remember to keep it simple and keep it about hanging with your girls!

Happy Valentine’s Day, Rehabbers!