I always have a DIY or two left over from Christmas and this years upcycled hand drawn napkins are no exception. You can see last years moon inspired gift wrapping here and the previous years dried flower gift tags here – I always have something up my sleeve for these January days!
In the run up to Christmas I’d seen a few eclectic table settings on my travels around the internet and I’d also been buying my little ones some really magical books on folklore with gorgeous botanical illustrations which inspired me to try my drawing my own. I loved the mismatched feel of symbolic hand drawn shapes and wanted something for my Christmas table to sit under the canopy of stars and vintage baubles I’d hung from the ceiling that could be used all year round.
When I found a stash of cotton, once a duvet cover that’d been over dyed, tucked away in my craft room I knew napkins were going to be the handmade element. If you’d like to make your own, any plain fabric would work – ideally cotton or linen. After some research I found fabric textile markers in Hobbycraft, slightly brighter than I would have liked but good enough and set to work. I hand drew the fabric in sections over the course of a week, each section took me about 20 minutes to complete. I drew a range of designs from clementines to tiny moons with plenty of floral touches in-between. Once complete I simply ripped the fabric into squares and pressed flat to seal the colour into the fabric and make them look finished. I do have plans to edge them on a sewing machine but this will be for another time. If you’re looking for measurements I think these measured approx, 35 x 35cm.
After using them for our festivities, I gave them a good wash. The colours have lightly faded but are still looking great. I love how versatile they can be for the rest of the year and the options for designs are endless.