Get a head start on summer dinner parties with these cute Button Fruit Napkins. Use different colors and sizes of buttons to create the fruit and simple stitches for the leaves and stems. I used a sunny yellow gingham check pattern for the napkins but solid colors work just as well. You can use the same fruit on each napkin if you are matching a theme, or make each design unique. For this project, I stuck to red and orange fruits.
To create these Button Fruit Napkins, you will need the following materials:
Button Jar Red 540001006
Button Jar Marigold 540001010
Embroidery Floss, Green
Thread in a coordinating color
Fabric Napkins in desired pattern and color
To begin, determine which fruit shapes you are going to create on each napkin. Thread the needle with thread. Sew on a button in corner of each napkin using coordinating thread. Tie a knot on the backside of the napkin and trim the ends of the threads.
Thread the needle with the embroidery floss. Sew freehand to make the stems and leaves using either a back stitch or a running stitch. Knot the floss on the backside of the napkin and trim the ends. If you don’t feel comfortable sewing freehand, lightly sketch the leaves and stems with a pencil and then stitch on top.
Need some additional ideas for fruits? Try using small buttons to create a bunch of green or purple grapes. Other fun fruits to try could be blueberries, plums, or red and green apples. The cherries are my favorite!
Looking for a shortcut? Sew on some fruit-shaped buttons. Here are some you can try:
Either way, these Button Fruit Napkins are a great way to personalize your summer gatherings!