Napkin rings with hand embroidered egg
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Hand embroidered Easter napkin rings DIY tutorial

Learn how to embroider and sew Easter napkin rings from felt. Free pattern download included

Spring is in the air. Nature is waking up after a winter sleep, and Easter is approaching. Time to start planning your home decor for the upcoming celebration!

I will reuse my Bunnie and Easter egg felt decorations to hang on the branches. But I needed extra decor for the table setup, so I made some napkin rings with decorated Eggs to adorn my table.

Would you like to make some too? Download a free pdf pattern and follow this DIY tutorial to create original Easter decor for your table.

Hand embroidered Easter napkin ring
Hand embroidered Easter napkin ring

Tools and materials you will need for this project:

Tools and materials for DIY napkin rings project
Tools and materials for DIY napkin rings project
  • Embroidery pattern. Sign up for my newsletter and download a Free pdf pattern from the Practical Embroidery pattern library.
  • Fabric: You will need 30×30 cm of white felt material to make six Easter napkin rings. 
  • Embroidery floss. I used DMC Embroidery floss: Light dusty rose (#3354) and Very light topaz (#727). You can use different contrasting colors and change the thread and colors to your liking.
  • Embroidery needle.
  • Pattern transferring tools. I used a friction pen for pattern transfer. It will go out with the iron heat when the project is finished. 
  • Embroidery hoop. Any size of the hoop will work. Mine is 20 cm in diameter.
  • Scissors – paper scissors, fabric shears to cut the material, and small embroidery scissors or snips to cut the thread.
  • A couple of pins.
  • Some toy stuffing or cotton balls.

Recommended tools and materials

Some of the tools and materials I recommend for this Easter napkin rings DIY tutorial.

Embroidery stitches

For this project, we will use the following:

If you are unfamiliar with these hand embroidery stitches, click on the names of the stitches to learn more about each stitch and watch a video tutorial on how to embroider them. 

Also, you might want to watch an Embroidered Easter napkin rings DIY video tutorial.

Step-by-step tutorial

1 Prepare the pattern

  • Download the pattern from the Practical Embroidery library. 
  • Print the pattern.
  • Cut out the shape of the egg pattern.
Cut out the shape of the egg from the downloaded pattern
Cut out the shape of the egg from the downloaded pattern

2 Transfer the pattern to the fabric

  • Place the egg pattern on the fabric and draw the outlines on your felt material. You will need 12 Egg shapes to make six napkin holders. 
  • Measure and draw six rectangles of 2,5 x 9 cm. Use a ruler.
Transfer the egg pattern to the fabric
Transfer the egg pattern to the fabric
  • Transfer the embroidery lines onto six shapes. Leave the rest empty. 
  • To trace the lines for embroidery, cut away the top shape of the pattern, place it on one of the shapes to embroider, and draw the line. Repeat on all six eggs.
Cut away the top shape of the pattern, place it on one of the shapes to embroider, and draw the line
Cut away the top shape of the pattern, place it on one of the shapes to embroider, and draw the line
  • Now, cut away one more piece of the pattern and transfer the second line for embroidery on the same six eggs.
Cut away one more piece and transfer the line to the pattern
Cut away one more piece and transfer the line to the pattern
  • Repeat these steps with all the lines on the pattern.
Draw the last line
Draw the last line

3 Frame the fabric into a hoop

  • Frame the fabric with the egg shapes to embroider into the hoop. Adjust the cloth and tighten the tension screw.

4 Embroider the Lazy Daisy flowers

  • Mark a dot in the top middle part of the egg shape.
  • Make three petals of the Lazy daisy stitch starting at the dot marked. Use two strands of DMC #3354 embroidery floss.
Embroider three petals with Lazy daisy stitch
Embroider three petals with Lazy daisy stitch
  • Now add two more petals between the ones you made with pink thread. Use two strands of DMC #727 embroidery floss.
Add two more petals with Lazy daisy stitch
Add two more petals with Lazy daisy stitch
  • Repeat this step on all six eggs. 

Note. We will cut out the shapes of the eggs after the embroidery is done, so do not leave jumping threads between the forms.

5 Embroider French knots

  • On the lines in the Stitch guide marked with blue, embroider equally distanced French knots. Use two strands of Yellow DMC #727 embroidery floss.
  • Repeat this step on all six eggs.
Embroider French knots
Embroider French knots

6 Embroider Double threaded running stitch

  • On the lines in the stitch guide marked with yellow, embroider a running stitch. Use two strands of Pink DMC #3354 embroidery floss. Leave 0,5 cm distance from the border.
Embroider running stitch
Embroider running stitch
  • Add double threading with two strands of Yellow DMC 727 embroidery floss.
  • Repeat this step on all six eggs.
Embroider double threading
Embroider double threading

7 Cut out the shapes of the eggs

Cut out all the eggs and iron them
Cut out all the eggs and iron them
  • Take the embroidery from the hoop. 
  • Cut out all 12 shapes of the eggs. 
  • Iron them to remove tracing marks made with a friction pen. If you use a water-soluble pen, remove tracing marks with a wet sponge or wash them. Remember that the felt material might shrink if the iron’s temperature is too hot.

8 Assemble the napkin holders

Assemble and pin napkin holders
Assemble and pin napkin holders
  • Sandwich 3 parts of the napkin holder – the embroidered part on top, the blank egg shape under, and a rectangular stripe on the back of the figure. 
  • Use two pins to attach the stripe to the egg shape and one more pin in the center to hold all the parts together while you sew them.

9 Sew the napkin holders

Sew with Blanket stitch
Sew with Blanket stitch
  • Sew around the shape of the egg with Blanket stitch. Use two strands of Pink DMC #3354 embroidery floss. 
  • Start sewing 0,5 cm under the point where the stripe is attached to the egg and finish after you sew the second side of the stripe. Do not cut the thread, but leave the bottom of the shape open.

10 Add stuffing

Add some toy stuffing
Add some toy stuffing
  • Put some toy stuffing inside the egg through the open part at the bottom of the egg. It will give some volume to the napkin holder and prevent the egg from folding when placing the napkin inside the ring.

11 Finish sewing the egg

Finish sewing the egg
Finish sewing the egg
  • After the stuffing is placed inside the egg, close the hole with a pin.
  • Finish sewing around the shape of the egg. Anchor the last blanket stitch to the first and hide the thread between the shape layers.

Set up your table!

Finished napkin rings
Finished napkin rings

Your Easter napkin rigs are ready!

Fold your napkins and place them inside the rings. Add some greenery to decorate and set your table for a festive lunch or dinner. 

I’m sure your guests will appreciate the original table decor!