7 DIY Projects With Cloth Napkins

Cute cloths are perfectly sized—and pre-hemmed!—for these easy, pattern-happy projects from HGTV Magazine .
By: Jodi Kahn

Photo By: Philip Friedman/Studio D

Photo By: Philip Friedman/Studio D

Photo By: Philip Friedman/Studio D

Photo By: Philip Friedman/Studio D

Photo By: Philip Friedman/Studio D

Photo By: Philip Friedman/Studio D

Photo By: Philip Friedman/Studio D

Photo By: Philip Friedman/Studio D

Napkins Instead of Fabric

Fabric by the yard may be the obvious choice for most projects, but don’t discount cloth napkins. 20” x 20” napkins are perfect for small DIY projects. You can find a set for just $10. They are frequently sold individually, too, so it’s easy to mix and match. Best of all, napkins are precut and come with finished edges, so you can use them as is—no sewing needed.

Upholster Chairs

Use a chair with a seat that’s easy to detach. Find the step-by-step instructions at this link. Napkins: Heredia 20" x 20" napkins, $8 each, anthropologie.com; Chairs: Äpplarö wood folding chairs, $35 each, ikea.com

Cover Boxes

Find the step-by-step instructions at this link. Napkins: Medallion Block Print 20" x 20" napkins in blue, and Floral Block Print 20" x 20" napkins in orange and teal, $10 for each set of 4, all worldmarket.com; Boxes: Stockholm 8 1/4"W x 8 1/4"D x 5"H photo storage boxes, $10 each, containerstore.com

Create Artwork

Find the step-by-step instructions at this link. Napkins: (clockwise from left) Vie Block Print and Leti Block Print 22" x 22" napkins, $5 each, and Liam Grey Stripe 22" x 22" napkin, $10, all crateandbarrel.com; Black fabric: Springs Creative Natural Charm cotton broadcloth in black, $3.50 per yard, onlinefabricstore.net

Trick Out a Lamp

Find the step-by-step instructions at this link. Napkin: Simple 20" x 20" napkins in Hip to Be Square Grapefruit, $46 for a set of 4, loomdecor.com; Lamp: Cylinder fillable 26 1/4"-tall glass and steel lamp, $100, lampsplus.com

"Stitch" a Runner

Find the step-by-step instructions at this link. Four napkins make one 80-inch runner. Napkins: Suzani Q Simple 20" x 20" napkins in peacoat, $46 for a set of 4, loomdecor.com

Hang New Curtains

Find the step-by-step instructions at this link. Napkins: Tolo Block Print 22" x 22" napkins, $5 each, crateandbarrel.com; Curtain rings: Umbra Twilight clip rings in nickel, $10 for a set of 7, bedbathandbeyond.com; Curtain rod: Umbra Mission drapery tension rod in nickel, $20, bedbathandbeyond.com

Make a No-Sew Pouf

Find the step-by-step instructions at this link. Napkins: 20" x 20" napkins in Bargello grass, $42 for a set of 4, henhouselinens.com; Eggcrate foam: Airtex king convoluted foam mattress pad, $55, joann.com