Rip and Tear Napkins

Rip and Tear Napkins

I love cloth napkins. I could never bring myself to use paper. First, they don’t work very well, and second, waste paper? I think not! Over the years I’ve bought and made many different kinds of napkins. Recently, however, I’ve started making what I refer to as “rip and tear” napkins. Simply find a high quality 100% woven cotton fabric you love, measure, and tear!

Yesterday I was at our local craft store. I had a list and I wasn’t going to deviate from it. (You can imagine how well THAT worked!) Anyway, I stumbled upon this absolutely adorable piece of fabric, aptly named “trick or treat” by Alexander Henry. (One of my “favoritest” of favorite fabric designers!)

Well, let it be known, I am not a pillar! I immediately snatched up the bolt and got a 3 1/8 yard piece lopped off. I knew that this piece of fabric was going to be our new Halloween napkins! The embarrassingly easy Rip and Tear Napkin directions can be found HERE or in the FREE Open Patterns. Enjoy!  



  1. Love the fabric. So retro. Must admit we use paper napkins. Time for a change I think! Thanks for the simple directions. I would never have thought to do this.

  2. Cute, fast, easy. I’m all over this one!

  3. Just looked through the directions and it looks too easy to be true. But I’m going to try this asap!

    Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  4. I found this really neat vintage tablecloth but it had a few holes in it. After reading about your napkins I thought it would be great to turn the tablecloth into napkins. But it won’t rip! It is rather heavy. Do you think that is the problem or do you have any other suggestions. I think it might be linen. Thanks.

    1. Not all fabrics rip. Hold tight and I’ll give you some pointers on what to do with the tablecloth to turn it into the fringed napkins. I want to include some pics. I’ll get it posted in the next couple of days.

      1. Just so you know I didn’t forget about you… I will be featuring a project on Friday that will explain how to straighten grain and get a perfect fringe on fabrics that do not rip.

  5. I like your idea, however the “selvage” is the edge of a woven piece of fabric and the ‘salvage’ is property that has been saved or the act of saving something from scrap.

    1. This is why I need an editor! Thanks 😉

      1. Hmm… wouldn’t it be nice if we had a staff like that… Catching our crafting in the wee hours mistakes. LOL… hard to find good help for free 😉

        1. Actually I’ve decided, instead of an editor… how about someone to come clean our toilets? We could send them home with cute felt applique blocks. Think anyone would go for it?

          1. LOL. Relax, guys. I read your directions a couple of times and I never saw the mistake, and I’m a great speller. Some people just want to find fault. And I would come and clean your house to say thanks! I’ve gotten so many wonderful ideas. And if you’re up in the wee hours crafting for us, make as many spelling mistakes as you want. We won’t mind!

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