Encourage your budding seamstress with a project the whole family can benefit from. With Ramadhan less than 4 months away, there is plenty of time to stitch up these eco-friendly and useful items.
Project :: Fabric Napkins sewn by hand or machine
Patterns & Instructions :: Use your own, or one of these
√ Napkin Template (Windy Hill Designs) — instructions to make your own pattern
√ Stitch a Dinner Napkin (Stitch and Boots) — super easy sewing method
Other Resources :: A few more patterns
Simple Napkin Template (diy Maven) — sizes for lunch and dinner napkins
Napkin Tutorial (Split Hemz) — napkins with mitered corners
Linen Napkin Tutorial (Design Mom) — another mitered corner napkin
Create a Ramadhan Floor “Tablecloth” with Acrylic Paint
Make eating on the floor a little more fun with a painted fabric tablecloth. The artistic secret to this project is that it uses watered-down acrylic craft paint — it works just as well as expensive fabric paint. The water keeps the paint from stiffening up the fabric.
Once its painted, dried, and spread out on the floor during mealtime, your kids will have fun eating on their “painted” table. This is super-easy and fun craft for the whole family. And the final product can be used over and over again.
Let’s get started!
- One piece of plain white, cream or light-colored cotton fabric in whatever size and shape you want (square, rectangular, etc)
- Sewing machine, or needle and thread, or hem tape iron-on tape
- Acrylic craft paint
- Paintbrushes (optional)
- Stamps, purchased or hand-made (optional)
- Sponge (optional)
- Masking Tape (optional)
- Pre-Wash the fabric in cold water with laundry soap. Dry and iron the fabric.
- Hem the edges of the fabric all the way around. Or, use fabric glue or iron-on hem-tape.
- Lay the fabric flat on a protected surface (use newspaper, an old sheet, or plastic tablecloth).
- Decide on a theme: decide on a theme: handprints (to capture growing children; update yearly with new handprints), words (except anything with Allah’s name), dates, etc.
- Put acrylic craft paint in a container. Add several drops of water at at time to get the thin-ness you like; the thinner the paint, the more it will look like water colors. Mix in water well.
- Use brushes, sponges, hands, stamps, etc. to decorate the cloth.
Get creative. Tear the masking tape down the middle and apply to the fabric to create interesting shapes to paint over. And sponges create a wispy effect when it is dipped in the paint mixture and then blotted on paper to remove most of the paint, and gently wisped across the fabric.
Watering down acrylic paint causes it to dry quickly. Keep that in mind if you are doing handprints. Using less water may be the best option. And rather than dipping stamps into the paint mixture, it is easier to use a paintbrush to apply the paint to stampers. If your paint mixture is too thin, add more paint.
If this project needs to be a bit more spill-proof, then spread on top of a vinyl tablecloth when you are ready for the kids to use it.
Printable Instructions for: painted Ramadhan tablecloth (pdf)
Feel free to send in photos if you do this project.