Jacquelynne Steves

Hand Stamped Napkins & Other Quick Projects

‘Tis the time of year for whipping up super-quick projects, right? I think being surrounded by the beauty of the season puts us in an extra-creative mood- it does for me, anyway. I see so many things that inspire me and I just want to make stuff, you know??

So here are some quick projects you can put together- quick and easy so you can get your creativity fix and still have time to get your shopping and wrapping done. Click on link for instructions:

Quilted Potholder– this tutorial has been downloaded on my Craftsy page OVER 11,000 times!!! Wow! I can’t believe it!



Quilted Place Mats and Napkins– Wouldn’t these be completely adorable in Christmas fabrics??



Fabric Covered Note Books– This is one my personal favorites. You can make these for just about everyone on your list, depending on the fabrics you use. They can be used for note books, journals, prayer journals, etc.



Tea Bag Packet– Makes a great little gift or card enclosure, or include it in a holiday gift basket.

tea bag pack gift


Simple Hand Stamped Napkins:

My daughter Samantha made these simple hand stamped napkins- done with metallic paint, they are perfect for adorning your holiday table. Or make a set for a quick hand-made gift. (Cute hostess gift, right?) Remember making stamps with potatoes? Who would have thought that you could use that technique to make such a modern-looking project?


Here are Samantha’s instructions for this simple project. Hint- the younger kids will love helping with the stamping part. Older kids who can handle a small paring knife can also have fun carving the potato stamps.

small, sharp knife
acrylic craft paint
paper plate

cloth napkins

(You can buy cloth napkins at the discount store, or make them yourself by turning under & sewing the edges of 10″ squares of muslin.)

1. Cut a potato in half and carve your stamp with a paring knife. My suggestion is to start with something really basic and add in more details as you go.  I started out with a big sunbeam-like shape, and then made the rays varying shapes and etched in triangles on the edges.  Keep your mind open to whatever can be made with your shape; don’t just get stuck on one idea and then be disappointed when it doesn’t look how you imagined.

2. When you are happy with the stamp, pour out a little bit of your paint onto a paper plate and brush a light layer onto your stamp.  You will have to reapply between every couple of imprints. The layer of paint on the stamp should be pretty thin, you don’t want it to be “gloppy” around the edges.

3.  Find the middle of your napkin and begin stamping! You can make a grid pattern or even overlap your stamps; they’re your creation!  I did a grid, but turned my stamp different directions with each imprint, since it was an oblong shape.

Let the napkins dry, and you have your personal set of cloth napkins! I love the way mine turned out; I think they look as if they could have come from a department store, especially with the metallic paint.  I can’t wait to try out some matching napkin rings and have everyone over for dinner!


Do you have any quick projects planned? Tell us about your ideas in the comments!



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    Posted December 18, 2013 at 9:47 am | Permalink

    I found you via your potholder pattern :). I have made 7 or 8 of them now for Christmas gifts. Love making them. It is also great practice for me since I’m just learning to quilt and relearning sewing – lol.

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      Posted December 20, 2013 at 12:20 pm | Permalink

      Hi Sandra! I’m glad that you like the potholder pattern! It is a great practice project for all the steps in quilting! You do piecing, machine quilting, and binding all in a 9″ project :)

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    Sandy W
    Posted December 18, 2013 at 6:27 pm | Permalink


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      Posted December 20, 2013 at 12:21 pm | Permalink

      Thanks, Sandy!

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    Robyn Carpenter
    Posted June 17, 2016 at 10:56 pm | Permalink

    I have made all your quilts. I came upon you first when I was looking to start quilting. I have been over joked by the items you create. Thank you for sharing! (I have not made the potholder as of yet :( )

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    Robyn Carpenter
    Posted June 17, 2016 at 10:57 pm | Permalink

    I have been over joyed

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