Easy No-Sew Napkins and Runner – Thankful at Home Blog Tour

Today, I am helping kick off a fantastic blog tour with 25 super-talented bloggers.

Five bloggers each day will present projects, traditions, decor or recipes that focus on Thanksgiving and why we are Thankful at Home.

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I am so excited that you are here and I hope you will find some amazing inspiration throughout this week!

I love that we are focusing on Thanksgiving because I’m going to let you in on a little secret.

I love Thanksgiving… yes, even more than Christmas.

Yes, I said it.  I love it more than Christmas!

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There is just a special coziness about the holiday with all of its delicious aromas, colors and cooler weather — not to mention the fact that we focus on what really matters…being thankful.

It’s a time to slow down, relax, enjoy a meal and the company of others.  It’s a time to reflect and be thankful for all that we have.

I love all of the food of the season and the simplicity of sharing simple traditions.

And, while my kids and husband are dying for me to decorate for Christmas before Thanksgiving…I insist on keeping up the fall decorations so we can really focus on Thanksgiving and the present moment.

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Putting together an inviting and festive Thanksgiving table helps me embrace the season.

It’s not about being fancy, but it’s a reminder of the bounty of the season and all that we have.

I can practically smell the turkey and pies cooking when I see my table all dressed up.

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The best part is that anyone can do this and it doesn’t have to be expensive.

My little plaid napkins cost about a dollar each and I made them myself.

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The best part?  No sewing is involved!

Even though I can and do sew, I don’t especially want to sew that many hems.

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Tools needed:

  • To make 6 napkins you’ll need slightly more than 1 1/2 yards of fabric (I used inexpensive quilting fabric)
  • fabric scissors
  • measuring grid or ruler


  • Cut fabric in to 18 inch squares
  • pull threads on each side of the square to fray the edges (you could also use pinking shears and you wouldn’t have to fray the edges)


You can even make a table runner inexpensively using this same technique.

My burlap Pottery Barn look-alike only cost a few dollars.

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The loosely woven burlap is easy to work with.  But the length can get a little tricky.

Just keep pulling the threads and you’ll get it.

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For more Thanksgiving projects, traditions, recipes and decorating ideas, be sure to follow everyone on the Thankful at Home blog tour this week.

Please visit these lovely and super-talented ladies today:

Savvy Southern Style
Finding Home
Lilacs & Longhorns
The Inspired Room
The Crafty Woman

Stone Gable
What Meegan Makes
Maison de Pax
Confessions of a Plate Addict

Thistlewood Farm
Eclectically Vintage
My Soulful Home
Cedar Hill Farmhouse
Southern Hospitality

The Lilypad Cottage
A Little Claireification
Fresh Idea Studio
The Rustic Pig

I’m looking forward to seeing what all of these creative women have in store for us this week!
Thanks so much for reading!
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58 Responses to Easy No-Sew Napkins and Runner – Thankful at Home Blog Tour

  1. Gorgeous table, gorgeous napkins…just love them…..Thanksgiving was my Dad’s favorite holiday…a time for family to get together and give thanks for all of our blessings and to embrace his love of family….Thanks for getting us all together for this wonderful party!

  2. Christine says:

    I love your table, it’s elegant, timeless and I am SO going to make those no sew napkins!

  3. Sandra White says:

    Beautiful room, beautiful table and beautiful home. I love the idea for the napkins and runner. Absolutely gorgeous, as is everything that you do. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  4. Kim says:

    Julie, I love your table setting and the napkins you know I love since they are plaid. Thanks so much for inviting me to be a part of this tour.

  5. Beautiful table. Excellent napkin/runner idea!

  6. Christina says:

    Oh your table is so lovely and inviting! You can tell you love the holiday by the care you put into your decor! I really love the napkin and runner idea as I was not blessed with the sewing gene- think I will give them a try this weekend!
    So glad to be on tour with some many talented bloggers!

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  8. Julie, You certainly have set a beautiful Thanksgiving table infused with all the warmth of the season. Thanksgiving is my favorite too! I love that one day a year is set aside to give God thanks in a corporate, national way!
    Thanks for the brilliant tutorial! I will certainly be making the napkins and table runner. Not only did you make it easy, but very very upcale, warm and chic!!!! Thanks so much for being part of our wonderful group!

  9. Meegan says:

    Love the PB knock-off napkins, Julie! The runner is just the right addition, as well! Your table looks inviting and ready for a lovely Thanksgiving dinner. Thanks for sharing today and for the Thankful at Home tour. It is great to see everyone’s ideas and inspiration.

  10. Kelly says:

    Julie…thanks for letting us in on your “secret”…! You know I LOVE Thanksgiving too! I will love it even more having shared the warm up for it with all of you…and with my new set of no sew napkins! I am definitely creating a set based on your post.
    Here to an awesome week!!

  11. Jeanette says:

    Beautiful! I love the height of your tablescape. High but still able to see over. I could smell the pies too!! 🙂 ~Jeanette

  12. Feeling all cozy and warm now for Thanksgiving , Julie! Your table is look effortlessly gorgeous and welcoming. I love how you pulled it all together!
    I will be making some of your napkins! What a great way to DIY, I’ve done the string pulling on burlap before but this No-Sew girl is excited to give it a whirl on fabric now. Thanks for sharing such a great idea!
    Cheers to you and yours!

  13. Your table is so beautiful. Thank you so much for asking me to be part of this and I love your no sew idea!

  14. Ellen says:

    I love Thanksgiving, too! It’s my favorite day of the year. Your table is gorgeous. Popping over from Savvy Southern Style!

  15. Pat says:

    Just beautiful!! You did a wonderful job on the napkins and table runner. I’m not sure I have the patience for the latter. Makes such a beautiful table! I love Thanksgiving ~ hope you have a wonderful season of gratitude.


  16. Just gorgeous, Julie! I love your table scape and beautiful linens. Thanks so much for the tutorial and so glad to be a part of this Thankful at Home tour with you! Pinning!

  17. Connie says:

    Beautiful table,sweet sentiments. You know how to celebrate thankfulness.

  18. Connie says:

    Beautiful table, sweet sentiments.

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  20. maria says:

    I love your holiday table and you have inspired me for setting a nice thanksgiving table with a runner. I confess I usually just sit a centerpiece in the middle and that is it!! This year I will put out little pumplins and nest my plates with pretty napkins!! Thank you for these lovely ideas! BTW, I saw your home on Meeganmakes’ blog and wonder where you got your nest pillow in your bedroom – I love it!!

  21. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday too. Thanks SO much for the tutorial on the napkins. I don’t sew, REALLY wish I could so I CAN do these!!! Thanks again and I hope you and your family have a beautiful Thanksgiving.

  22. debbiedoos says:

    Beautiful! and I said that in my most Mary Poppins voice I have!!~ I just love your table and love your sentiment Julie! Been fun to see what the gals are all doing today.

  23. So cute!
    I’m not sure if I like Thanksgiving more than Christmas BUT I’m right there w/ you on the fall decor.

  24. Such a pretty table and now sew is right up my alley 🙂 So glad to be participating in the tour with you!!

  25. Your table is so beautiful! I love no sew projects : )

  26. Beautiful table, Julie! I love the no sew napkins idea – I’m always looking for new napkins…you inspired me to make them myself!

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  29. Linda says:

    love the table setting, I am a table setting freak and change mine constantly to match the day/season/holiday. Yours is beautiful

  30. You had me at no sew! And I love the cute little plaid napkins!

  31. It really is simple to create no sew items with this technique…I’m sure you have inspired more than a few with this tip! I love your chairs!

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  33. vickie says:

    I love all things fall! Your table scape is great-love the napkins.I am off to check more of your blog!

  34. Julie, your table is just beautiful and I love your linens! Thank you so much for joining us and sharing at Best of the Weekend! Pinning! Hope you are having a wonderful week!

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  44. Julie you already know I love these but also thank you for linking them up to our Best Of The Weekend party!! I am featuring them tonight when the party goes live at 8PM EST. 🙂
    happy weekend! xoxo

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  50. Kelly says:

    Where did you get your dishes? I love the bowls with the handles, so cute!

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  53. janet says:

    i just found your website via pinterest, which is why I’m commenting 4 months too late! i totally agree with you about thanksgiving, i love it. WAAAAAY more than Christmas (which I’m sorry to say honestly i don’t enjoy much anymore, it’s too commercial and too stressful), and for all the reasons you listed: i too love the colors, the food, the aromas and just the idea of slowing down and looking around, taking in the bounty(food, family, friends, peace, safety) we are so fortunate to have. just really focusing on being thankful and showing appreciation for it all. i think if more people did that, Christmas might get closer to what it’s supposed to be 😉
    love your napkins and runner–heck, your whole tablescape is lovely! thanks for sharing!

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