Dishtowels and Napkins

  • Difficulty Rating: Beginner
Dishtowels and Napkins

Have you been using the Fiskars seasonal punches? I have to confess that I am more of a sewer than I am papercrafter, but when I see something as cute as these punches, I know that come what may, I need to find a way to use them. I found the Perfect Pair punch completely irresistible, so I decided to use it to decorate a set of handmade linen dish towels and napkins. These would make a lovely gift for someone, but plan on making a second set, because I’m sure you’ll be wanting to keep some for yourself!

cutting linen

I decided to use linen to make these dishtowels. It is a favorite fabric of mine and is super absorbent, which makes it perfect for kitchen linens.

First, cut the fabric to size. My dish towels measure 16” x 25” and my napkins are 16” x 16”. I find it best to use my rotary cutter to cut linen because it has a tendency to shift and stretch. Keeping the linen flat on the cutting mat and holding it down with a ruler as you cut, minimizes movement and you can cut more accurately.

Next, I took a piece of freezer paper and cut it to the width of my linen pieces. I folded the freezer paper in half with the waxy sides facing, and with a ruler and pencil, marked 2” intervals along the folded edge.

Marking-intervals

Then I used the Perfect Pair punch to punch the shape at each marked interval. Because you are punching through 2 layers of tough freezer paper, I found it best to give a short, sharp punch through the layers.

Punching-freezer-paper

After punching all the way along the edge of the freezer paper, I opened up the fold and cut it in half. I ironed one half to one of my pieces of linen using a hot dry iron.

cutting freezer paper

The freezer paper will adhere to the fabric so that you can use a fabric paint to paint inside the shapes.

Painting-linens

Once the paint is completely dry, peel off the freezer paper. Depending on the kind of fabric paint you use, you may have to heat set your design.

I prefer to hem my dishtowels and napkins in the final step, after painting the fabric, though you can do it first if you prefer. On the back of my dishtowels I sewed a piece of tape or ribbon into one of the corners so that it can be conveniently hung on a hook.

finishing hems

Though I used the Perfect Pair punch for my design, there are many lovely holiday punches to chose from, and by switching color or design, you are sure to find a combination that fits in with your holiday decor.

Napkin

Supply List

Linen
Fabric paint
freezer paper
Pins
Thread
Iron
Sewing machine