Remember the cloth napkins I made? I decided that they were too plain, and that they needed some exciting details. Inspired by a set of foiled dot cloth napkins I saw at Anthropologie a while back, I set out to add shiny polka dots to my napkins. Since they’re a little bit fancy, these would be great for a holiday party, or on a festive holiday table.
Cotton cloth napkins (Made from this tutorial, but there’s no reason you can’t use pre-made ones.)
Tulip Iron-On Hologram Transfer Sheets (as far as I can tell, the plain gold and silver only come in this four-pack with the holographic gold and silver)
Fabric pencil or chalk
Circle hole punch, 1/2″ (I used this EK Tools Circle Punch)
1. Measure and mark out the distances between the dots on your fabric. I spaced mine out 2 inches apart within each row.
2. Cut out the required number of dots using the hole punch. I needed 46 dots per napkin. (Tip: Watching TV while you punch the dots is a great way to make it seem like less of a chore.)
3. Follow the instructions on the transfer sheets and iron on the dots on the spots you marked. I worked in small areas of 3 or 4 dots at a time, pressing firmly with the iron for 40 seconds using a pressing cloth.
This project was really easy, once I found the right tools. Originally I used a brand-new Fiskars circle cutter, and about halfway through cutting the dots it started jamming and stopped cutting correctly. It was a struggle to cut the remainder of the dots, and there was no way I could recommend this project to anyone else. So I ended up buying a different circle cutter, by EK Tools, and had no problems with it. The design is better, too, since it allows you to see exactly where you’re punching, and I ended up liking the smaller dot size better. (You can see the dots from the first punch I used on the red napkin.) So learn from my misfortune, and avoid the Fiskars cutter for this project.
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