Michelle Edgemont is a wedding designer by trade, and she knows how to make ordinary dinner parties feel like more special events, too. Today Michelle shares her simple guide for transforming cloth napkins and placemats into personalized place settings. The ribbon can be removed afterwards, or you can let your guests take home their napkin as a party favor!
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
• Sewing needle
• Quilting ruler
• White marking pencil
• Dark Green Metallic embroidery floss
• Light Green Metallic embroidery floss
• Light Green silk ribbon 1/8″ wide
• Dark Green silk ribbon 1/8″ wide
• Border Stitch Placemats or equivelant
• Border Stitch Napkins or equivelant
THE NAME CARD NAPKINS
1. Fold the napkin how you will fold it on your table.
2. Using the marking pencil, lightly hand draw your guest’s name with all capital letters.
3. Use the silk ribbon to stitch the name right into the corner of the napkin.
1. Start in one corner. Place the quilting ruler on an angle and make your first line with the marking pencil.
2. Move the quilting ruler towards the center of the placemat 3/4″. Look through the ruler and line up the first line you made with the 3/4″ line on the ruler. Run the pencil along the ruler to make your next line.
3. These stripes can go from narrow to wide or can all be the same distance apart. Your choice! Keep moving your ruler, lining up the previous line you drew with a marking on the ruler, and drawing a new line. Mark as many or as few stripes as you want to embroider.
4. Thread the needle and knot one end of the embroidery floss. Start with the longest stripe. Bring the needle up through the placemat.
5. About 1″ from where you started, stick the needle back through the placemat and right back up again. Refer to the photo. This is a modified stem stitch.
6. Stem stitch over the whole stripe you drew. Knot and cut the thread. Alternate types of thread and colors for each stripe.
Michelle Edgemont is a wedding designer based in Brooklyn, NY. She specializes in custom crafted decorations, flowers, and styling for couples looking to throw conventionality out the window. You can see more projects on Michelle’s blog, and see what inspires her on Pintereset.
Photos: Michelle Edgemont