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« on: February 24, 2012 09:01:58 AM »

Greetings fellow crafters! I need your help.

I am getting married in August and doing a complete DIY wedding (as many of you already saw the saga of my dress from an earlier post) but now I need napkin help.

I was going to sew my napkins, because normally they are 75 cents a piece to rent, but when I was at the rental company to pick up stuff for Christmas dinner, they had a bunch of polyester napkins on sale for only 25 cents.

Knowing that I couldn't buy fabric cheaper, I bought all my dinner napkins. They are polyester, white and boring. Pretty much like your standard napkin you would go out to dinner and have.

I know that polyester won't dye, but any other ideas to "jazz them up"? I don't have specific wedding colors. If I had to pick a "theme" for my wedding, it would be "summer farmers market".

I would appreciate any ideas!

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BoxOfRocks
« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2012 07:38:39 AM »

How about doing a stencil and paint of something decorative on the napkins?  It could be your and your groom's monogram, a little fruit or veggie to go with your theme, or the like.  It should probably be small, because the paint might actually block the napkins' absorbency and people are going to need to well, wipe their mouths and possibly spills with them.  Alternatively, you could cross-stitch or embroider the same decorative item on the napkins.   Good luck!
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santacruzsugar
« Reply #2 on: February 25, 2012 12:25:54 PM »

I thought about stenciling...do you know if paint will go on to polyester OK?
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BoxOfRocks
« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2012 03:02:37 PM »

I haven't tried it myself, but someone on Craftster's Image Reproduction Techniques board may be able to help you.
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« Reply #4 on: February 27, 2012 01:15:08 PM »

You could always just dress them up with some sort of napkin ring.  Even something as simple as tying a bow with a ribbon in your wedding colors.

Honestly, I have never been to a wedding where the napkins have wowed me, and I've never expected them to.  Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: February 28, 2012 01:17:42 PM »

Honestly, I have never been to a wedding where the napkins have wowed me, and I've never expected them to.  Smiley

Seriously, me either! Thanks for the jolt back to reality, I get so caught up in the details!
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« Reply #6 on: March 01, 2012 12:19:05 PM »

Seriously, me either! Thanks for the jolt back to reality, I get so caught up in the details!

I hear it's an easy thing to do!  Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: March 04, 2012 09:00:47 AM »

Maybe instead of decorating them, you could fold them in a cool way? Google an image search.

Or you could take a fabric pen, and write your name and wedding date on each. (Sharpies come in silver)

You could probably get the same effect with an iron on product printed on your computer, (if it sticks to polyester)
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