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Easy Felt Crafts: Cocktail Napkin Holder


Whether indoors or out, this easy felt crafts project cocktail napkin holder organizes the napkins and keeps them in one place. A breeze or a guest brushing against the stack of napkins won't send them in all directions.

This simple and neat cocktail napkin holder takes just a few simple materials and tools along with a short amount of time to make.

This is easy sewing. For a refresher on the simple stitches, check out our free e-book on How to Sew Stitches.

Easy Felt Crafts Cocktail Napkin Holder finished with napkins inside

Easy Felt Crafts: Cocktail Napkin Holder Materials and Tools:

  • Craft felt  9 in x 12 in - 3 pieces for three different colors or 2 pieces for just one color 
  • One piece of tile 4 1/4 by 4 1/4 inches
  • Decorative weight or smooth rock for top
  • Yarn (size 3 or size 10 crochet yarn both work great)
  • Yarn darner needle (a pack of size 14 to 18 gives you alternatives)
  • Pins (not shown in picture)
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Glue
  • Cocktail napkins 5 by 5 inches

You can also use all purpose thread and needle.

Easy Felt Crafts Cocktail Napkin Holder materials and tools

The Steps for How to Make the Easy Felt Crafts: Cocktail Napkin Holder:

Select the colors of craft felt to complement - either match or contrast - with the color of the cocktail napkins.

I chose black, brown and goldenrod craft felt for this cocktail napkin holder to match the colors in the cocktail napkins.

Cut two pieces of the black craft felt 5 1/2 by 5 1/2 inches for the bottom.

Cut two pieces of the brown felt 1 1/2 by 10 inches for the sides.

Cut one piece of the goldenrod felt 2 by 5 1/2 inches for the top.

Easy Felt Crafts Cocktail Napkin Holder step 1 cut shapes

Place the two black felt pieces together matching all edges.

Find the centers of two opposite sides of the black felt bottom.

Find the centers of the two brown felt side pieces.

Either measure or fold the pieces in half.  

Use pins to mark the four center points.

Easy Felt Crafts Cocktail Napkin Holder step 2 find centers

Match the centers and pin all of the thicknesses together. 

Easy Felt Crafts Cocktail Napkin Holder step 3 match centers and pin together

Pin the brown felt sides to the black felt bottom. 

The brown felt sides do not go all the way around the bottom edges. The two open areas allow thumbs and fingers to select cocktail napkins.

On three edges, pin through all thicknesses.

On one edge with an opening in the brown felt, pin the brown felt to only one of the black felt pieces. This will allow the tile to be inserted.

Easy Felt Crafts Cocktail Napkin Holder step 4 pin remaining edges

On the four corners, fold the brown felt to match the edges. Do not clip the corner.  

Prepare the yarn needle and yarn.

Easy Felt Crafts Cocktail Napkin Holder step 5 leave one edge open

Begin stitching 1/4 inch from the opened edge through all thicknesses. 

I used a blanket stitch, but a simple running stitch would look great too. Check out our How to Sew Stitches free e-book for details.

Continue stitches in a counterclockwise direction. 

Easy Felt Crafts Cocktail Napkin Holder step 6 begin stitches

Stitch around the three edges sewing through all thicknesses.

At the fourth, open edge, stitch once through all thicknesses, then begin stitching just through the top black felt. The open edge allows the tile to be inserted.

Easy Felt Crafts Cocktail Napkin Holder step 7 change stitching at open end

Find the center on each side of the brown felt. Mark the centers with pins. 

Easy Felt Crafts Cocktail Napkin Holder step 8 find centers on edges

Fold the top in half lengthwise to find the center on each end.

Match its center points to the center points of the brown felt sides.

Pin each end of the goldenrod felt to the brown felt sides. 

Prepare the yarn and needle.

Sew the ends of the goldenrod felt to the brown felt edges.

Easy Felt Crafts Cocktail Napkin Holder step 9 match top centers to edge centers and pin

Glue the decorative weight to the center of the goldenrod felt.

A smooth rock would be a simple yet elegant alternative.

Easy Felt Crafts Cocktail Napkin Holder step 10 glue weight to top

Insert the tile into the open end of the easy felt crafts cocktail napkin holder.

The tile's weight keeps the napkin holder in place.  

Easy Felt Crafts Cocktail Napkin Holder step 11 insert tile

Remove the packaging from the napkins and place them in the easy felt crafts cocktail napkin holder. 

Easy Felt Crafts Cocktail Napkin Holder step 12 insert napkins and finished

Have fun! 

The easy felt crafts cocktail napkin holder is fun and inexpensive. It's simple yet functional. You can also make the cocktail napkin holder in different colors and add embellishments to match your party's decor.


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