Disclaimer: This pearl and burlap napkin ring tutorial has been sponsored by burlapfabric.com. The craft is an original Moms and Crafters project.
Whenever I set the table nicely, I love having napkin rings to pull things together. When entertaining, especially if it’s a large crowd, it’s important that my napkin rings be inexpensive and easy to make.
I made these using burlap ribbon from burlapfabric.com. That website is every rustic crafter’s dream! They’ve got burlap everything… You can even match these up with burlap table linens from their website. They have fabrics and burlap in every color, shape and form. So while you make the napkin rings, they’ll provide the pennant to match…
I used burlap ribbon for this, mainly to cut out the task of measuring. For the wider ribbon, I chose one that’s finished so that the body of the napkin ring does not unravel. For the narrower ribbon, I like an unfinished edge to add texture. The ribbons are available in a massive array of colors, so that you can match it up to any color scheme. I matched mine to my country-style dishes.
The pearls “glam” it up a little bit, making it perfect for festive decor. If you’d like to keep the feel organic, replace the pearls with wood beads. For a nautical feel, try shells. Some crystals can add a little sparkle to the mix. I like the old-time feel of pearls.
The use of wire in this tutorial gives the rings structure. Be careful if using it with linen napkins that all wire edges are secured.
Burlap Napkin Rings Materials:
- 2″ natural jute ribbon with serged edges
- 1.5″ colored burlap ribbon with frayed edges
- Pastel colored glass pearls to coordinate, or any 8mm size beads
- 24 gauge wire in a gold tone to blend in with the burlap
- Wire cutters
How to Make Burlap Napkin Rings:
1. Measure your burlap. Depending on how big you want your rings it should be 3-6 inches
2. For some of the rings, I wanted the top layer a little narrower. You can easily make it narrower by pulling out the end weave of burlap, and trimming the fringe, as pictured below:
3. Connect your two pieces of burlap at the end. First, cut a piece of wire, about 9 inches long, and insert into the burlap, a few rows in.
Wind the wire around the edge of the two layers a few times.
4. Begin “sewing” on your beads, using a loose in and out stitch. Come back through the underside of the burlap toward the top, and stitch on your first bead.
Insert the wire back into the burlap, and come up about half an inch to an inch later.
5. Continue for the entire length of the napkin ring.
The back should look something like this:
6. You now need to close your ring. Bring the wire from the underside of the last bead, back to that first stitch you made securing the two burlap ribbons together.
7. Make a few “stitches” binding the two sides.
8. Bring your wire to the edge and start “sewing” down the side of your burlap ribbon, sealing the two ends together.
I made just a few small stitches on the front, with wider stitches on the back. Since this is wire, and not thread, the stitches hold very well.
9. Trim the overlap, if any. this is what my end looks like.
Try a few variations to add more interest. I did one with a full-sized green ribbon, one with a slightly narrower one, and on one (I think that’s my favorite), I put the green ribbon at the edge.
10. Insert napkins and entertain with pride!!
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