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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Love, Love, Loving Thrive Decor

I get a lot of castings on Beverly Boulevard, near where all the furniture shops are located– like between La Brea and Fairfax. I’ve always wanted to go into Thrive Decor but always seem to be in too much of a rush. When I make it back, they’re usually closed (they close between 4-6 most evenings.)
Well, as soon as I walked in for the first time, I was hooked.

A little background- I got into furniture because I started collecting vintage clothes while living just outside of San Francisco in Berkeley. Not like wear every day vintage clothes (though I loved those, too) but designer-sample-with-the-tags-still-on vintage clothes. My collection didn’t get too big (hey, you can’t wear them!) but I found myself gravitating to the purses, costume jewelry, and vintage china and crystal glasses in these boutiques.

I bought a set of champagne glasses with matching cordial glasses, and my love of vintage home stuff has grown from there.

Okay, back to Thrive.

This place made me feel like a kid in a candy store. Their vintage crystal is in all kinds of colors, and they have whatever you might want. They have some beautiful chairs (you know about my “thing” for chairs), gorgeous light fixtures, a lot of art, and gilded EVERYTHING! Yes, it is expensive. Yes, it is out of a rehabbers price range, but it is worth blogging about because this is the kind of stuff you get inspiration from… or save up to buy if you want a real treat.

Some of my favorites:

Having a little fun with a giant gilded mirror (yes, this would be in the closet of the dream house I'm designing in my imagination).
Having a little fun with a giant gilded mirror (yes, this would be in the closet of the dream house I’m designing in my imagination).

Pink. Crystal. Need I say more?

Pink. Crystal. Need I say more?
More crystal and some plates.
More crystal and some gorgeous china.
I love a wingback, and this fabric... perfection.
I love a wingback, and this fabric… perfection.
I drooled over these chairs for at least five minutes before exploring the shop.
Must have drooled over these chairs for at least five minutes before exploring the shop. They just feel elegant.

Thrive Decor is located at 7427 Beverly Blvd  in Los Angeles, CA.

Fairfax Flea Market Finds

A great way to spend a Sunday afternoon in Los Angeles is at the Fairfax Flea Market. In the parking lot of the high school on Fairfax and Melrose, this market has live music, good food (tacos, crepes), and lots of stalls with all kinds of goodies. Of course my favorite items are the ones that have been re-worked or repurposed.

I’ve been going to the flea market for years, and have noticed that with rising popularity, prices have also gone up. The key to flea markets is negotiating, so you can still get some things at very reasonable prices.

Here are a couple of my favorite things from yesterday:

Coffee Table @ Fairfax Flea

This was just awesome. I wasn’t brave enough to even ask how much it was going for, but it would make an amazing statement!

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I love the look of all the industrial/ metal furniture from the 40’s and 50’s and have noticed a trend where stores have been stripping the paint off pieces to show off the pretty natural gray. This table is wood, the effect is achieved through paint. A pretty cool piece, and the drawers were stable (it’s pretty normal to find a piece you love that’s a little off kilter.) The center of the table lifts up, it would be a great place to store your notebooks and laptop if you’re a student, or you could install a mirror on the top and keep your makeup inside. He was asking $230 I think, but you could probably talk him down. Still, I think that’s a little overpriced.

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This piece was awesome. The guy had some really cool stuff. His lamps were cool, too. I love the metal and wood mix that’s so popular right now. This piece was super sturdy, and my friend and I both were wishing we could weld. This booth was kinda in the corner, so he wasn’t getting as much traffic as he should, but people were still flocking in, talking about the pieces, and taking photos. Because his stuff is clearly that good.

I didn’t end up buying any furniture, I prefer to source stuff that’s a lot less expensive (and a lot of the vendors have pretty much already redone their pieces.) But more on that later! All in all, a pretty successful and inspiring Sunday afternoon at the Fairfax Flea.