DIY Easter napkins!

Easter is around the corner and what better way to celebrate than with some reusable napkins, full of fun character for when eating together! This blog provides a full tutorial on how to create them using Heat Transfer vinyl.

Whether your children cut out their own fun shapes, or you surprise your family with a little handmade decoration, it will definitely put a smile on their faces. These napkins will be fully washable once the vinyl has settled on the fabric for 2 days. This means they can be used every year, and in my case, all year round!

To make your own bunny napkins, you will need:

  • Easter bundle of vinyl
  • Scissors
  • Pen and paper
  • Iron or Heat Press (2 dot setting/ 150 degrees)
  • Fabric
  • Needle and thread

Step 1:

Draw or print out your design onto paper and cut this out to act as your template. I drew an outline of a rabbit but you could explore other Easter characters such as chicks, fun florals or an Easter egg nest.

Step 2:

Draw around your template onto the back of the vinyl (non shiny side) in biro pen.

Step 3:

Cut your shape out making sure all the pen marks have been cut away. This will avoid it from transferring to the fabric later on.

Step 4:

Pre-press your fabric to eliminate all creases and moisture from the fabric.

Step 5:

Add your first design layer shiny side up on the napkin. I added some grass to add a little background.

Step 6:

Press the cut shapes with greaseproof paper on top with an iron or heat press for 10 seconds. Be sure every edge has had the heat.

Step 7:

Once cool to touch, peel away the plastic carrier. This is the most satisfying part!

Step 8:

Repeat the pressing process with your next layer. Remember to peel the plastic layer off of the vinyl before adding the next layer. I added some details to my bunny rabbit with a pink nose, mouth and some eyes. I also had to add a little round belly because look how cute he looks!  

Optional:

Add some sewn details such as french knots for the eyes and long stitches for whiskers and the lengths of grass.

Your napkin is then ready to tie up with pretty ribbon and placed onto a table ready to dress for Easter. Add some hand picked flowers to the table and get stuck into some dinner and of course chocolate. Yay!

Hayley x

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