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How To Use Cloth Napkins To Re-cover Chair Seats And Make Matching Wall Decor

You can use colorful cloth napkins to re- cover chair seats and update all kinds of items around the house. I also used napkins to replace some of my old wall decor.

Remember to think outside of the box……always. I wasn’t even thinking about updating the seat cover on our lone rattan back barstool until I spotted a set of pretty cloth napkins at Tuesday Morning a few weeks ago.

The print had such a happy vibe I couldn’t resist the napkin set. Trying to think what else I could do with the napkins I hit on a brilliant idea of changing out some of my wall decor. I’ll show you exactly how I did it.

How To Use Cloth Napkins To Re-cover Seats And Make Matching Wall Decor

See, I told you it was happy fabric. I love the colors and the design and how perfect it is for kitchen or dining room decorating.

bar stool seat covered with old shower curtain

You guys might remember when I recovered the seat on this barstool with shower curtain fabric. I also made a mess of some kitchen curtains using the same shower curtain.

cloth napkins from Tuesday Morning

I love shopping at Tuesday Morning and similar stores that carry overstocked inventory from places all over the world. The set of napkins was $5.99.

wall decor prints

The Lime and Chili prints have been hanging in the dining room area forever. I don’t even remember where I got them.

Cloth Napkins used to Re-cover chair Seats And Make Matching Wall Decor (2)

I swapped out the two prints with pieces cut from the cloth napkins. It was easy.

slide clips on frame back to remove picture

The back of the frames had these little clip looking things that you just push down and swing out from under the edge of the frame.

the parts of a framed photo

Once everything was apart I was glad to see the Chili print was totally separate from the mat and not permanently joined together.

iron creases out of packaged fabric products

Next I had to iron all the wrinkles and creases out of the napkins. Ironing is not my favorite thing. Don’t know when was the last time I ironed a piece of clothing to wear.

use clear packing tape to adhere print to photo mat

Before I cut the napkins I tried different placements in the mat in order to best showcase the design. I didn’t want to go cutting all willy nilly and end up with just a bunch of green leaves in the frame.

lay photo against back side of frame mat

I pulled the cloth tight so it wouldn’t have any ripples, lumps, or bumps and used heavy duty clear packing tape to adhere the napkin to the backside of the mat.

Duct tape would have been stronger but when I get ready to change out the napkin in the future, and you guys know I will, then it’s important to keep the mat in good shape and that duct tape is powerful stuff.

mistake framinf print (3)

Once I framed the first piece I was really happy with the new look until I looked closely and noticed you could see the “Chili” print through the napkin.

how to frame cloth napkins for wall decor

No problem, I just took the frame apart once again and changed places with the “Chili” print and the plain white filler board so there was a white background directly behind the napkin.

frame cloth napkins with pretty fruit designs for unique kitchen decor

You can see the designs I placed in the frames are different but compliment each other.

remove the cloth seat from a chair to recover the chair seat

Next I re-covered the barstool seat and unfortunately I have no photos of that except for taking the chair apart. You can see my tutorial on how to recover a chair seat here .

recover a chair seat with a pretty cloth napkin (2)

And that’s it. I have a new look for my barstool and my wall! You don’t have to use cloth napkins. I’ve created new decor using articles of clothing, shower curtains, draperies, and drop cloths. Any other things you can think of when looking for fabrics to DIY with?

how to cover a chair seat with colorful cloth napkins

I think next I’ll make a garland using the other two napkins and mix them with other fabric, maybe white linens or laces and denim?

kitchen curtains made from dishtowels

The new decor matches the kitchen towel curtain tiers I put up a couple of years ago.


I hope I’ve given you some ideas to work with. That’s my goal. As always thanks for being here and have a great day, Kathy

Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com

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  1. This is just awesome! I’d forgotten the things you can do with a cloth napkin. . . you’ve inspired me to do a little shopping! And honestly, framing bits to match your barstool is BRILLIANT.

    Thanks so much for joining the Grace at Home party at Imparting Grace. I’m featuring you this week!

  2. What a genius idea! They look great and love the frames to match, super cute!

  3. They look great! I framed some beautiful scarves that belonged to my late grandmother. Much nicer than hiding them away in a drawer.

  4. Oh no, that was my favorite material! LOL
    I loved that print, I hope you kept it to do something with.
    Hope you are well.
    Thank you for the joy you share. This world needs as much as it can get right now.

  5. Oh my goodness, how cute! Love this idea!! It’s so cheerful which is definitely something we need these days!!


  6. I love the citrus print! You do the cutest things with the simplest items. You are an INSPIRATION! I adore your blog!