My parents both have their birthdays early December so double the present ideas to find in December!! This year in the idea of a local/zero-waste/ethic Christmas I decided to make most of my gifts myself ! (It doesn’t help that I’m only starting to work in January!). I’m also realizing that DIY gifts really are appreciated by the people I give them to, so I’ll keep going!
For my mom this year I chose to make her polka dot napkins. She loves table decoration (oh, that’s where it’s from!), polka dots and gold. I put all those things together on 4 napkins, that she’ll never use of course because they’re too precious ?.
To make your polka dot napkins you need:
- Fabric (I used thick cotton)
- gold paint (here or here)
- A pencil or other object to use as a stamp
- sewing machine and thread
You could use store bought napkins then slip to step 5!
1- Start by cutting squares or fabric, I made them 47 cm x 47 cm. Fold all the sides by 1 cm and iron. Fold over a second time and iron all sides.
2- When you unfold you’ll get a square design, cut a diagonal like on the image.
3- Once the corners are cut, fold them over
4- Then fold the corners over following your initial folds.
Now just make a straight stitch all around
5- Now that you have your napkins (bought or made) you can decorate them! You just need paint and a stamp. I use a lovely personalized pen given by la petite épicerie!
6- Just dip your stamp in the paint leftover in the cap after shaking.
7- And stamp away!
8- Leave do dry over night and iron on the wrong side to really set the paint.
Ready to use! Shown here with the DIY Crackers!
? Wrapping idea with cardboard leftover from our falafel box!