Embroidered Cloth Napkins Craft

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This embroidered cloth napkins craft is a feature from Gooseberry Patch Stitching for the Kitchen which was provided for review.  All opinions are mine and mine alone.

When I was little, I remember going to my Grandmother’s house in northern Vermont.  One of the things that I remember the most were all of the beautiful things that she sewed.  She could make quilts, clothes and just about anything else you could think of.  She had doilies and bureau scarves and all sorts of vintage linens that I did not appreciate at that age.  When I was flipping through Gooseberry Patch Stitching for the Kitchen and saw the embroidered cloth napkins project, I knew that I needed to make one.

Embroidered cloth napkin

Embroidered Cloth Napkins Craft


  • Cloth napkin. Make your own or buy them ready made.
  • Embroidery thread for your design of choice.
  • Hand sewing needle


You can make the vintage doily table runner as long or as short as you like.  Mine is relatively short because I’m using it on a small surface.

  • I’m not an expert in embroidery so I try to find a simple set of instructions that isn’t too involved. I still haven’t managed the French knot so I avoid that one 🙂 This book has some gorgeous embroidery designs along with redwork designs that would work as well. There are all sorts of gorgeous sewing patterns and projects.
  • Trace the design on your napkin either free style using a pencil or using tracing paper.
  • Follow the design using whatever embroidery stitches you know best.  I used the back stitch because that is the one I know.

Embroidered cloth napkin

Embroidered cloth napkin

I think these embroidered cloth napkins will be gorgeous for the holidays. You could definitely do all sorts of different types of patterns for different holidays or different seasons of the year.  I started with store bought cloth napkins since I have a bunch here already.  If you have fabric on hand nor really like sewing, you could easily make your own cloth napkins.

If you are wondering about the gorgeous dishes in this post, they are the Collage Hummingbird pattern by Lenox.   I received them from Lenox along with the Collage Butterfly.  The 4-piece table setting includes a dinner plate, accent plate (for bread or salad), all purpose bowl (for soup) and mug for coffee or tea. Alice Drew found her inspiration for the pattern of this table setting in the designs of damask and brocade fabrics.

Embroidered Cloth Napkin Craft

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This embroidered cloth napkins craft is a feature from Gooseberry Patch Stitching for the Kitchen which was provided for review.  All opinions are mine and mine alone.


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  1. Rose Powell says
    I know this is a post about the adorable napkins, but I LOVE your plating! I have a canvas that is screaming for embroidery, but I'm too scared to do it!
  2. Beautiful - what a great way to add some pizzazz to your table and make it match whatever you want!! Love it!! Pinned & Tweeted!
  3. Check it Out! with Dawn says
    I love stitching, such a classic look.  Very pretty and totally functional.  The place setting is beautiful too!
  4. Maryann D. says
    What a lovely napkin.  I loved to embroider when I was younger.  I found it very relaxing.  I hope one day to be able to start that hobby once again.
  5. That looks so easy and fun to do.  I need to get into stuff like this more often.  Especially to teach my daughter.
  6. Robin Wilson says
    What a cute craft!  I have a lot of cloth napkins that I picked up because they were on clearance and I just couldn't pass them up.  Thanks Pier 1 for that.  Embroidering them like that would be quick, easy and make a great gift for next to nothing and that is the kind of gifts that I need this year!   Keep practicing the french knot, it adds a lot to some things!  Thanks for sharing this!
  7. Mag@GirlyCreation says
    I love embroidery since I was in middle school. I have apron, handkerchiefs, purses that I personalized. I wish that I still keep those old pieces. Your napkin matches so well with the bowl and plates.
  8. I can do this little bit of basic sewing. This is so easy and possible!
  9. I wish I had such patience but it looks pretty!
  10. VERY cute!  We definitely need to do this!
  11. Tammy Woodall says
    I think this bring elegance to the table. I commend you on the embroidering. I wish I had that talent.
  12. I've done a little bit of embroidery, this is a great idea, I'll start looking for a pattern that i like. Thank you for posting about this!!
  13. judy gardner says
    so pretty - you really did a great job!  this would make such a nice gift for a close friend.

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