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  • Writer's pictureBaylee J.

DIY: How to Make Frayed Edge Napkins

So, let me start off by saying this is one of my favorite DIY crafts ever! I have made so many sets in different colors and I don’t see myself stopping anytime soon. Truth be told, I can’t wait to have a house and host holidays one day so that I can decorate and give myself an excuse to make more things I don’t need. (lol) But don’t worry, I’ll let my mom handle the cooking still. (Trust me, it’s better that way!)

For these napkins, I usually use flour sacks from Walmart. You can get a 10 pack for around $8, which can make up to 40 napkins if you cut them into fourths!! Think of all the different color sets you can make! Now I warn you, these aren’t the best quality for napkins, as I use them more for decorative purposes.

Another fun way to make raw edge napkins is by using a (insert drum roll here) ...DROP CLOTH! Okay, hear me out. I made them and I LOVE THEM. All you have to do for these is cut and pull out the threads on the edges and you’re done. So easy, and these are a much higher quality than the flour sacks. I also made a matching table runner with the drop cloth material and I love the cohesive look. If you choose this route, just make sure you wash the drop cloth first, and iron it while still damp to make it softer. The only downside is that this material would be more difficult to dye if you plan on going that route.

This is a super simple DIY so you probably don’t need them, but here are the steps!

1. Get material. I used flour sacks from Walmart as well as this drop cloth from Amazon.

2. Use your fabric scissors to cut to size. I cut the flour sacks into fours. (Think picture window.) For the drop cloth I was able to make bigger, so I made them 12”x12” squares.

3. Pull the threads on your cut edges! You might need tweezers, but I was able to get them with my nails. For the flour sacks, you’ll want to cut the outer edges (since they come sewn). If you cut just a slip they rip very straight, and that’ll give you a head start to pull the threads! I pulled about ¼” off each side.

4. Optional: Time to dye! I used Rit Dye but there are tons of natural dyes you can make yourself if you want a more organic option.

5. Iron. More than likely, your fabric might have gotten a little wrinkled during this process, so you might want to iron to give it a more store-bought look!

That’s it!!!! WOOO, don’t you love an easy DIY? If you make either the flour sack or drop cloth napkins, I’d love to see! Tag me or DM me on Instagram: @Tinycraftsbybay.

Happy Crafting friends!


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