DIY: Liberty Flower Napkin Rings

May 16, 2011

When thinking about a tabletop, it was important for us to use handmade elements along with Liberty products during our styling demonstration in-store. Sania, Leslie and I all place extreme importance on personalizing things and the best way to do so is to make things by hand.

DIY: Liberty Flower Napkin Rings

In my book, Decorate, there is an entire section devoted to the importance of details. That section, Attention to Detail, begins with an image from Sania’s home that was taken for my book at her house. I chose that image to open the section because it really spoke to me. You’ll have to locate a copy of Decorate and turn to page 237 to see it and once you do, you’ll know exactly why I selected that photo to open the section. A little insider’s note… Attention to Detail came to be in the 11th hour and wasn’t even mapped out to be IN Decorate but I wanted to include more detail shots that Debi had taken as we traveled so the publisher agreed to it and Attention to Detail was born and I’m so glad it was since many of you have commented that it is your favorite part of the book! But I digress…

But yes, back to our tabletop styling demo and the idea to create a Springy tabletop with pretty details using a combination of products found in Liberty that were already made (like the Lisa Stickley placemats and napkins that we used) along with things from Liberty’s fabric + notions department showing customers how to use Liberty patterns in a fresh and new way to create their own products. Sania is very passionate about making things by hand so she was more than happy when I asked if we could take this in a handmade direction. In fact, she was delighted!

For the next tabletop DIY idea, Sania will walk you through how to make gorgeous Flower Napkin Rings using linen (that you can purchase anywhere) and Liberty patterns though you can use any fabrics that you like. Please note that she purchased a very basic, affordable linen since my budget for buying all of these things was pretty low — but had I done this at home I would have purchased a thicker, more tactile nubby linen to give the flowers more bulk. It’s up to you – but bare in the mind the weight of the fabrics determines how the flowers look in the end. You also may need a stronger needle if you use heavier weight fabrics. We used inexpensive cotton linen and lightweight cotton fabric from Liberty.

Let’s go to Ms. Pell reporting live from her craft loft in London… Sania, you have the mic girlfriend!

Hi again everyone, it’s Sania Pell here and now I’m going to explain how to make the flower napkin rings used for our table setting at Holly’s Decorate book launch styling demo at Liberty last month.

DIY: Liberty Flower Napkin Rings

The wonderful thing about these pretty flower napkin rings is that they have multiple uses. The way they were designed for the table setting was that they would be little favours for each guest to take home with them. As they are simply safety-pinned to the napkin ring, our guests could remove them and pin them to their outfit or bag and take them home with them. A little bit of fun that would make our guests remember their time with us when they were back at home. They can also be pinned onto cushions (pillows) to add detail too. Some were even pinned to the tablecloth along the edges, as you can see if you click here.

DIY: Liberty Flower Napkin Rings

DIY: Liberty Flower Napkin Rings

(Click HERE to download XL version of the above steps.)

DIY: Liberty Flower Napkin Rings

Lay out your cut pieces

DIY: Liberty Flower Napkin Rings

Sew them together in the center by hand.

DIY: Liberty Flower Napkin Rings

Place safety pin on the back along with ribbons of your choice.

DIY: Liberty Flower Napkin Rings

We coordinated these with our overall table setting style for Holly’s book launch, using the Liberty fabrics we had chosen. By using lots of different fabrics and making these by hand you can ensure that each one is unique and individual – something your guests will love and can help be a little ice breaker and conversation starter for your dinner party.

I mentioned in the steps above the idea of creating your own fabric button for the centers of each flower. Covered-button kits are available from most haberdashers, they have little hooks to grip the fabric and a snap-on back to finish it off and keep it neat. They have a loop (shank) on the back for attaching. Here is how you can make them.

Tools: Button covering kit (buttons can be bought in various sizes and are not too expensive), needle and thread,
scissor, scraps of fine/thin fabric and safety pins.

How to: First, you cut out a circle of fabric with a diameter slightly less than twice the diameter of the button. Next, and this is optional, but using a needle and thread you can sew running stitch around the edge of the circle and place the button upside down in the center of the circle and pull the threads together to gather the fabric around the button and knot. Then, snap the back on so it clamps the fabric in place and finishes the button. If your fabric is thick it can be quite difficult to push the back on. A cotton or fine linen works well and finally, if the shank sticks out too far you can push it in so it is flatter to the back.

Ready for a little bonus material before I move on to the final DIY project? Great, here is a mini styling tip for your next dinner party… I call this one Sequin Glamour.

DIY: Liberty Flower Napkin Rings

The sequins in the small glass vase, add a little glamour. Some float, some sink, but they are a really easy way to make your table interesting. It is the same with the sequins scattered on the table, they just add a little sparkle, fantastic for a celebration.

DIY: Liberty Flower Napkin Rings

The beautiful handmade plates are by Brickett Davda, the napkins are from Habitat and the little glass vase is actually a tea-light votive from IKEA. The cutlery is vintage from a car boot sale bought for next to nothing. I’ll be back in a moment with a final DIY project. Happy making! – Sania x

(images: sania pell)


  • Reply Design Elements May 16, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    your Sequin Glamour looks so lovely, Holly!

    • Reply decor8 May 16, 2011 at 4:44 pm

      @Design Elements – That is Sania’s idea but thank you!!!

  • Reply My Beautiful Life May 16, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    What a neat idea. Love those little flowers, and those plates by Brickett Davda. Thanks for sharing Sania!

  • Reply Brett May 16, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    Love these ideas! Sequin glamour is the PERFECT addition to a cupcake party I was planning in a few weeks!

  • Reply vasu May 16, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    love the tutorial….:)

  • Reply meenal @ maison marigold May 16, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    love the flower napkin ring..and so easy to make as well!! thanks for sharing, sania! xx meenal

  • Reply Claudia May 16, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    These are so cute! Love how easy to make and versatile this idea is. Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Sania Pell May 17, 2011 at 1:20 am

    So happy you all like them! You can’t go wrong with fabric (or real!) flowers and sequins.

    Sania x

  • Reply Carol Carneiro May 17, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    Hi! I loved this flower and I’ll try to do one. Then, I’ll come back here to tell you if it was good, ok!
    Kiss: Carol Carneiro

  • Reply hena tayeb May 17, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    I love the color palette of grays and pinks. Thanks for such a detailed step by step how to.

  • Reply Jeni @ chichi French Furniture May 18, 2011 at 11:49 am

    Oh! the sequins in the vase are so pretty such a good idea for like parties and weddings!

  • Reply Whole Blossoms May 26, 2011 at 11:07 am

    These are cute! I’d like to create some using some bright paisley colors for upcoming weddings we have.

  • Reply TerryF May 30, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    For the Flower Napkin Rings, you list Bond-a-web in the tools, but do not use it in the tutorial. ???

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