DIY Project: Chain of Heart Napkins

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Class up some ordinary cloth dinner napkins with a charming chain of hearts for Valentine’s Day. Based on the chain stitch, this simple embroidery technique can be learned in a snap. Along with delicious food and a little candlelight, these eco-friendly reusable decorations are a sweet way to share some love. -Natalie

The full how-to is after the jump!

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Materials
-cloth napkins
-6 strand embroidery thread
-needle
-scissors
-optional: vanishing fabric marker or chalk pencil

Steps:

Select your embroidery thread; here I’ve chosen a range of corals and reds to complement the muted tomes of my napkins. Cut a piece about 2’ long, separate the 6 strands into two 3-strand lengths, and thread your needle with one of these. Tie a knot in the long tail.

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All of the stitches in your chain of hearts will fall on three parallel lines- two outer points for the peaks of the heart and a center axis of symmetry. You can draw these three lines onto the napkin with a vanishing fabric marker, with the outer lines about 1/4” apart. I’ve labeled them A, B, and C in the images below.

The chain of hearts stitch:

1. Insert your needle at the beginning of chain through line B, drawing the thread from the back of the napkin to the front. About 3/16” up the line, insert the needle into line B and bring it out at line A at a 45 degree angle. With the tail of the thread underneath the point of the needle, draw the needle through. You have made the left lobe of the heart.

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2. Reinsert the needle at the point on line A it just exited, with the thread wrapping over the peak of the heart’s left lobe to hold the arch in place. Come back through the napkin on line B where you began step 1, at the point of the heart.

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3. Repeat step 1 for the right lobe of the heart: About 3/16” up the line, insert the needle into line B and bring it out at line C at a 45 degree angle. With the tail of the thread underneath the point of the needle, draw the needle through.

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4. Reinsert the needle at the point on line C it just exited, with the thread wrapping over the peak of the heart’s right lobe. Come back through the napkin on line B between the peaks, at the start of the next heart in the chain.

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To finish the chain, end on the back of the napkin at line C after completing a heart. Draw the needle under one of the stitches, make a knot around it, and cut the tail.

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  1. Nicole says:

    Great idea, and so simple. I love those DIY’s.

  2. Dawn Thompson says:

    Oooh, thank you!

  3. regina says:

    I like to do it..thank you for your clear instructions

  4. Judith Gill says:

    Awesome. I love this

  5. Te says:

    Me gustó mucho esta labor , me encanta bordar y les felicito por compartirla.
    saludos.

  6. Clara Luz de Siliezar says:

    me encanta esta puntada esta preciosa para decorar manteles

  7. Lisa says:

    I love this design. Wonderful instructions. Thank you

  8. Thanks for sharing this sweet tutorial!

  9. Aimee Villamayor says:

    I love details …thank you for the simple instructions.

  10. Rose Granholm says:

    Thanks so much. Great idea.

  11. Aina Norris says:

    Thank you will try- looks great little hearts on the serviettes!!

  12. regina says:

    Beautiful idea, I like it much, thank you

  13. ombretta says:

    I really love your works! Thank you

  14. Karen says:

    Wonderful tutorial!! My mama taught me to do lazy daisies the same method, had them on the frayed hem of my jeans in the 70’s. Thank you for sharing!!!!

  15. sudha bhat says:

    thank u l learn this stitch

  16. Lula says:

    es precioso!!!! Gracias por el tutorial

  17. Marcia says:

    Muito delicado e lindo !!!

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