Knitted Fabric Placemats & Napkin Rings

By  Vicki Payne 

Knit strips of fabric instead of yarn for an amazing, unique look. It's fast, easy, and fun!


  • Cranston VIP Deer Run Fabric Collection: Scenic (72797-TG), 2 yds.; Leaves (72061P-TG), 1 yd.


  • Knitting needles, size 15

Basic Supplies

  • optional: rotary cutter, pinking shears, sewing machine, ribbon needle or crochet hook
  • 1. Cut or tear fabric into 3/4"-wide strips. Glue, tie, or sew strips together.
  • 2. For placemats, cast on 30 stitches with Scenic. Knit until piece measures 18". Bind off. Weave 1" ends into placemat; cut excess.
  • 3. For napkin rings, cast on 3 stitches with Leaves. Knit until piece measures 4"; bind off. Sew cast-on end to bind-off ends to form ring. Weave in ends.
  • 4. For napkins, cut two 22" squares from Leaves. Quick Tip: Use pinking shears to reduce raveling. If desired, use machine to sew hem around edges.
  • Knitting with Fabric Tips
  • 1. Use lightweight, flexible fabric that doesn't feel "stiff." One hundred percent cotton works well.
  • 2. Choose colors you like, or print fabric if you plan to make matching napkins. Experiment with different colors - the more color in the fabric, the more fun your results will be!
  • 3. When using print fabric, make sure color goes "through" to back so it doesn't appear white on the other side.
  • 4. Knit a swatch to determine gauge and to see how fabric will look knitted.
  • 5. Once your gauge is determined, use other patterns that call for a similar gauge. For example, 1/2" fabric strips knit with #10 needles knits to the approximate gauge of worsted-weight yarn. Finished fabric will be heavier and stiffer, so choose patterns appropriately.
  • 6. Cut fabric into strips using scissors, a rotary cutter, or by tearing.
  • 7. Cut fabric along the lengthwise grain for longer strips to knit. You can sew ends together (most time consuming), tie them together (somewhat time consuming), or glue them together (easiest). Roll strips into ball when finished.
  • 8. Do not knit tightly because fabric doesn't give like yarn does. This can be an advantage over yarn for home decor projects, purses, and other accessories.
  • 9. When finished, block pieces in same way as a yarn piece. Use ribbon needle or crochet hook to weave in strip ends or to sew knit fabric pieces together.
  • 10. Embellish your finished knit-fabric creations with beads, buttons, or ribbon.