Miscellaneous Napkin

Published on September 18th, 2009 | by Jules Yap


Ikea bed sheets turned wedding deco

It’s an easy hack but wonderful idea for a wedding. Sheri’s wedding gets a touch of Ikea.

“For our August 2008 wedding, my wonderful mother and her best friend transformed three sets of twin bed sheets from Ikea into 130 table napkins for our wedding reception, and an equal number of jam jar covers (aka a jam jar cosy). I wish I could remember the name of the sheet set but as it was last summer I forget, and it is no longer in stock. Regardless, we already had our wedding stationary designed and I was absolutely floored when I was shopping at my local Ikea store and came across the nearly identical pattern on the sheet sets.”

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Jules Yap

"I am Jules, the engine behind IKEAHackers and the one who keeps this site up and running. My mission is to capture all the wonderful, inspiring, clever hacks and ideas for our much loved IKEA items".

12 Responses to Ikea bed sheets turned wedding deco

  1. Anonymous says:

    What a super Mum you have!!! Stunning

  2. Anonymous says:

    I don’t remember the name of these sheets either, but I used them myself for curtains ! It was really nice !

  3. Amberdawn says:

    Wow, what a great idea. I might do this!

  4. King Bed Sheets says:

    How ingenious! You managed to create a very playful place setting at a very affordable price. Keep the great ideas coming! I’ll ave to find something as to do that is as creative with my bed sheets.

  5. Very cute (and thrifty)!

    - Matt

  6. Fantastic idea! I’d love to feature it, and more from your wedding, on my website if you’d like to contact me.

  7. Gordita says:

    Absolutely beautiful!

  8. Nicolette says:

    Here’s a passage from esortment:

    How to make napkins

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    Select a fabric that coordinates with your wedding theme. A machine washable cotton or cotton/polyester blend is a durable and washable choice. For each four napkins, purchase a yard and a half of fabric that is at least 45 inches wide. Select matching thread. You may also use a contrasting thread that fits the wedding’s color scheme.

    Pre-wash and iron the fabric. Cut the fabric into 20-inch squares.

    Fold each edge of the fabric 1/4 inch and press into place with an iron. Turn the edge under an additional 1/4 inch and press it again. Pin the folded edges into place.

    Use a sewing machine to hem the napkins with a straight stitch, 1/8 of an inch from the edge of the fabric. When you reach a corner, leave the needle deep in the fabric and raise the tension foot of the sewing machine. Rotate the fabric so it pivots on the needle 90 degrees to sew the next edge.

    For extra decoration, add topstitching to the edges of the napkin or embroidery to a corner.

    Consider pairing printed napkins with a solid tablecloth or match napkins to a solid tablecloth that is covered with a sheer.

    How to make tablecloths

    Before you make tablecloths, it is important to find out the dimensions of the tables you will be using. It is easiest to make tablecloths for square or rectangular tables.

    Add twenty inches to each dimension of your table to calculate the amount of fabric you will need to purchase. For example, if your tables are 34 inches wide and 60 inches long, you will need fabric that is 54 inches wide by 80 inches long (2 1/4 yards of at least 54-inch wide fabric) for each table. The extra fabric will account for the part of the fabric that hangs over the edges of the table and the hem you will sew at the edge of the fabric.

    Purchase the fabric of your choice and thread of a matching color. If it is washable fabric, you should pre-wash and iron it before you cut and sew. If the fabric is washable and is likely to shrink (such as cotton), purchase up to 20% extra fabric to account for possible shrinkage.

    Use a fabric cutting and measuring board or yardstick to mark the cutting dimensions on your fabric. Use a washable sewing pencil or marker to create the cutting lines and cut the fabric to the appropriate dimensions.

    Turn over each edge of the fabric 1/2 inch and press into place with an iron. Turn the edge an additional 1/2 inch and press again. Pin the edges into place.

    Use the straight stitch of a sewing machine to sew the hem into place on all four sides. Sew the seams 3/8 of an inch from the edge. When you reach a corner, leave the needle deep in the fabric and raise the tension foot of the sewing machine. Rotate the fabric so it pivots on the needle, positioning it to sew the next side of the tablecloth.

    For a romantic wedding look, top a colored tablecloth with a sheer white tablecloth such as an organza or tulle. Or, top a white tablecloth with a sheer colored fabric.

    Hope this helps


  9. Anonymous says:

    Absolutely gorgeous! Congrats on the great work!

  10. Alexa says:

    I’m passing this on to my brother, for his upcoming wedding. Lovely ideas! And lucky that you found a pattern to match your stationery.

    As for making napkins, figure out how big you want them to be, cocktail, lunch, or dinner size, and measure some you already have, or look on a pack of paper napkins. Figure out how much of a hem you want; the wider, the fancier and more complicated. Add 3x the hem width to the finished width, and cut or rip the fabric to size. If you rip it, you know the corners will be square. For cheaper looking hems (and more per sheet), do a rolled hem. Otherwise, fold under 1/2 a hem width, press, fold down a whole hem width, press and sew in place. Miter the corners for a neater, more expensive look. I’m sure someone has posted more complete instructions online.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Thank you very much Alexa, I appreciate your help!

  12. Anonymous says:

    beautiful! great color and pattern.
    do you have instructions on how to sew your own cloth napkins?


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