4th of July Napkin Ring Tutorial

Patriotic Napkin Rings for the 4th of July

While we continue enjoying all the wonderful tablescapes linked yesterday for Tablescape Thursday, here’s a little tutorial for the napkin ring I used in the 4th of July tablescape I shared.

Make Napkin Rings for the 4th of July: A Tutorial

 

This is a super easy napkin ring to make. It reminds me of beautiful patriotic bunting.

4th of July Table Setting Tablescape

 

I found this napkin ring craft design online HERE, but I changed it up a bit using a different size/width ribbon and adding stars to the center.

Supplies you’ll need to make 6 napkin rings:

♦Grosgrain ribbon: You’ll need at least 7 feet, 5 inches to make 6 napkin rings. Buy a little more to be on the safe side. My ribbon was 1.5 inches wide, although the original directions only called for 1/2 inch wide ribbon.
♦Elastic Beading Cord (Available at fabric stores)
♦Buttons (they don’t have to match or be the same, I used ones from my button jar)
♦Fabric glue (available at fabric stores and Michaels)
♦Thread (I used embroidery thread since it’s thicker/stronger than sewing thread)
♦Needle (I used an embroidery needle)
♦Star Buttons: Optional

Make Napkin Rings for the 4th of July: A Tutorial

 

I also added a star to the center of my napkin rings. I found these star buttons at Michaels and they worked well since they have a plastic loop underneath for sewing them onto shirts and such.

Make Napkin Rings for the 4th of July: A Tutorial

Cut a 15 inch long piece of ribbon. I experimented around and tried longer pieces, but found 15 inches really was the best length. If you go any longer, the napkin rings are too bunchy and won’t lay flat.

Make Napkin Rings for the 4th of July: A Tutorial

Fold your ribbon back and forth, back and forth like you’re making a paper fan. You want your little accordion-like folds to be about 1/2 inch wide.
Tip: It’s easy for the little fan sections to accidentally start getting wider as you fold, so watch for that and try to keep them pretty close to the same width.

Make Napkin Rings for the 4th of July: A Tutorial

Holding the ribbon tightly in your hands, push your threaded needle through the layers close to one end of the ribbon as shown below. In this case, I wanted the red to be in the center when the napkin ring was finished, so I ran the thread through the red end of the ribbon.

Make Napkin Rings for the 4th of July: A Tutorial

Here’s how it looks gathered together.

Make Napkin Rings for the 4th of July: A Tutorial

In the pic below, I spread the ribbon out so you could see where I ran the thread. Tip: Use thread that’s the same color as the ribbon section where you’ll be inserting the thread. That will help hide the thread.

Make Napkin Rings for the 4th of July: A Tutorial

Pull the threads together and tie them into a knot to form a nice circle. Spread your folds out evenly. Doesn’t it remind you of 4th of July bunting?

Make Napkin Rings for the 4th of July: A Tutorial

Snip off the excess thread.

Make Napkin Rings for the 4th of July: A Tutorial

Now it’s time to do something about those raw open edges/ends.

Make Napkin Rings for the 4th of July: A Tutorial

Run a small amount of fabric glue along the edge of one of the open ends of ribbon.

Make Napkin Rings for the 4th of July: A Tutorial

Press the open ends together. Fabric glue dries amazingly fast.

Make Napkin Rings for the 4th of July: A Tutorial

Cut a piece of the elastic-beading-cord, about the length you’ll need for your napkins. This may vary a little depending on the size napkins you’ll be using and how you’ll be folding them.

Make Napkin Rings for the 4th of July: A Tutorial

Take a button and thread the elastic through as shown below.

Make Napkin Rings for the 4th of July: A Tutorial

Tie the ends of the elastic in a knot. This is a good time to test the elastic on your napkins to determine if the length you cut your elastic cording will be a good fit for your napkins.

Make Napkin Rings for the 4th of July: A Tutorial

Snip off the excess cording, but not so short it comes untied. Put some fabric glue on the button. (See picture below.) Be sure to put it on the side where the elastic cord was tied so when you glue the button down, the cording knot will be hidden.
Tip: While you are waiting for your fabric glue to dry at different stages, you can use that time to cut the ribbon and cording for your other napkin rings or to tie the elastic cording through your buttons.

Make Napkin Rings for the 4th of July: A Tutorial

Press the button onto the center of your napkin ring. Tip: It’s a great idea to put the button on the side where the raw edges of the ends of the ribbon meet and are glued. That way the raw edge will be facing downward and not visible. You can see the raw edges of the ribbon on the right side of the pic below, so I glued the button to this side.

Make Napkin Rings for the 4th of July: A Tutorial

If you’ll be using a star button or some other decorative item in the center of your napkin ring as I did, turn your napkin ring over and put a drop of fabric glue in the center. I pulled my ribbon together pretty tightly when I tied the thread, so the center hole was small and the glue rested right on top and filled the hole. (See pic below.)

Make Napkin Rings for the 4th of July: A Tutorial

Then, just poke a star button down into the hole. The star buttons I bought have the little hard, plastic loop underneath them so they can be sewn onto a shirt. That provided plenty of surface for the glue to grab. Plus, the plastic loop fit just right into the center of the napkin ring. I bought the last pack of the star buttons at the Michaels nearest me. Hopefully you can still find them in your local craft store. Check the fabric stores, too. They were called “Twinklers” and the brand was “Dress It Up.” The package contained both gold and silver buttons.

Make Napkin Rings for the 4th of July: A Tutorial

For most of my place settings, I put the thread through the red end of my ribbon because my napkins were red and I thought the napkin ring would look best with the red in the center and blue edge of the ribbon napkin ring resting against the red napkins.

Make Napkin Rings for the 4th of July: A Tutorial

Here’s how it would have looked if I had threaded the needle through the blue section of the ribbon. The red part of the ribbon isn’t as pretty against the red napkins as the blue edge, is it? If you have blue napkins, you may like it this way, below. I liked pairing the silver star buttons with the red centers and the gold star buttons with the blue centers, but either way would look great. :)

Make Napkin Rings for the 4th of July: A Tutorial

Hope you found this tutorial helpful….feel free to share it…would love that! :)

Make Napkin Rings for the 4th of July: A Tutorial

Remember that little sewing project I was working on? I can’t wait to show you what I made. :) The porch has gone through a little transformation and I’ll be sharing it for this Metamorphosis Monday.

For additional ideas for 4th of July table settings, click on the Holiday category heading at the top of this blog and scroll down to “4th of July” category where you’ll find individual thumbnail links for all 4th of July related posts. Or, clickHERE and scroll down to view each post in succession.



Comments

  1. Lisa Russell says:

    Great idea! Your instructions are very easy to follow. What a beautiful table!

  2. Happier Than a Pig in Mud says:

    They really turned out cute Susan, the napkin rings were the first thing I noticed! Thanks for the easy to follow tutorial. Happy July 4th Weekend:@)

  3. Love Being A Nonny says:

    Love it! Thanks!

  4. laxsupermom says:

    Love these napkin rings! They're perfect for the 4th. The star buttons were the perfect added touch. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Carrie @ Dittle Dattle says:

    This is so simple but looks so wonderful! I will be sharing on Facebook :D

  6. FABBY'S LIVING says:

    Thank you Susan for the tutorial, you explained perfectly and it's quite easy! I thought they were store bought!, it looks professional, wow! I love the addition of the little star, better than the original! Have a wonderful 4th. weekend! I'm off to my daughter and grands, catching a plain in an hour! Love, FABBY

  7. This tutorial is so good even I can do this. I'll add this as a bookmark for how to's for next fourth. Thanks for sharing…..

    ~Emily
    The French Hutch

  8. Susan,I loved your table! The napkin rings are wonderful. Hope to follow your directions and will make them for next year. I always enjoy your posts. From another hot place in the south, Pam

  9. So when's the barbecue? Your porch always looks so amazing and inviting.

  10. Amy @ Forever 29 says:

    Now this is a sewing project I can handle! Pinning to my pinterest now!

  11. Jenn @ Handmade Homebody says:

    Those are darling! Thank you for the tutorial. Have a safe & happy 4th!

  12. Thank you for sharing this idea, what a wonderful addition to the July 4th celebration. Your table, as usual, is beautiful.
    I love your site it is the first thing I look at daily.

  13. Hollace says:

    I was just thinking that this same idea could be made to look like a flower for a ladies tea party. I could use pink or even lacey ribbon and put a center button that looked like a flower center. Or how about yellow ribbon with brown buttons for brown-eyed susans or sunflowers….I can feel inspiration coming…

  14. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says:

    Hollace…that's an awesome idea!

  15. Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads says:

    Thanks for this wonderful tutorial. You explained each step so perfectly that even I could follow your instructions. Next year I'd like to hang bunting on my front porch and these napkin rings would coordinate so wonderfully. Have a happy July 4th!

  16. Laura Wilkerson says:

    I love that!!! I can't wait to see your newest sewing project :)

  17. These napkin rings are just precious! Love the bunting look for the fourth and your tutorial was great! I think the same idea with a solid ribbon would make cute "flowers" as well!!! Thanks for sharing!

  18. Designs By Pinky says:

    These are fantastic!!! I love this idea and am going to try it! Thanks so much!!!!! XO, Pinky

  19. You do the best instuctions! Thank you so much!!

    Mary

  20. On Crooked Creek says:

    Susan,
    When I first saw these napkin rings on your tablescape. . . I thought you had purchased them! Amazing look. Your tutorial makes it appear to be easy! Thank you for sharing your talents and tablescapes with us!
    Fondly,
    Pat

  21. Anonymous says:

    Susan – You tell "Martha" a
    what for….I stutter..
    Just love it when someone
    of your talent takes center
    stage and gives the Marthas
    of the world a lesson in
    sharing creative spirit
    in a generous and giving
    way.
    A great Fourth to you and
    yours. Many thanks.
    Mary

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