Looking for ways to make your wedding celebration reflect you and your partner’s personalities? Think bunting, banners, napkins, and table runners. Spoonflower team member Jenny here to offer up a few ideas for using custom fabric to make your DIY wedding feel more authentic and unique to you. With a bit of resourcefulness and the chance to show off your creativity and crafting skills, you’re just a few fun and easy projects away from curating the wedding vibe of your dreams.


Banners & Bunting

Bunting is playful and adds a great deal of personality to an event.You just can’t create the same charming vibe any other way! Check out this tutorial on how to make bunting for your special occasion.

Caroline, the bride pictured above, shared, “My absolute favorite design element of our big day was the bunting. While sitting there and tracing the triangles, cutting them out, cutting holes, and stringing it wasn’t the most fun thing my mom and I have ever done, I LOVED the way it turned out! We decided to have it behind the altar, and I love the way the pictures of our ceremony look! We put the bunting so many places: behind the guest book table, around the cake table, behind the biscuit bar table. I think it looked so great and it reminds me of our fun, casual personalities!” – Tennessee Picnic Wedding, SouthernWeddings.com

Small tables with cutlery, beige table runners, candles, a birdcage fill of flowers and a white tablecloth sit underneath rows of gray, white and brown bunting hung from the ceiling
Photo via weddingdiscuss.com
Five fabric napkins with wooden cutlery, each napkin and cutlery set wrapped with a short ribbon bow. The fabric are, left to right, brown wrapped with a burgundy ribbon, blue with white polka dots wrapped in a lavender bow; white fabric with a turquoise ribbon with navy stripes; yellow fabric with small white flowers and a cream ribbon; and green and white vertical striped fabric with a white ribbon
Photo via Snippet & Ink

Custom Napkins

Napkins are about the fastest sewing project that exists. Just stitch up a square using coordinating designs and use your sewing machine or serger to finish the job. Wedding guests love to have something tangible and simple to remember the day by–imagine how handy the charming souvenir could be as a pocket square, handkerchief, or picnic basket accompaniment to remind them of your happy day.

A small white saucer full of red and orange flower petals sits on a stack of white napkins, each with a different fabric edge, some white floral, some blue floral, some blue polka dot. A glass tea pot, a small brown bowl of brown sugar, two glasses are to the top and right of the fabric. A small bowl of loose green tea and a small white ceramic pitcher with brown liquid are on the bottom left-hand side of the fabric.

Here’s a tutorial for making simple custom fabric napkins, and here’s how to make fancy mitered corners if you want to take it up a notch! Alternatively, keep it a no-sew project by just pinking the edges.

Spoonflower offers elegant, soft fabrics that would be ideal for a wedding try Organic Cotton Sateen, or Linen Cotton Canvas. For more on custom table settings and textures, read DIY wedding tips and advice from event designer and wedding planner Xochitl of AaB Creates in New York City!  

A long table is covered in a beige tablecloth with a dusty blue and white table runner. Off white plates with bowls on top of them and silver cutlery on either side on white napkins run in place settings down both sides of the table. A fireplace is at the far end of the table. A black chair with a white cushion is by each place setting.

Table Runners

There are endless paths you could take with table runners or table cloths. Go geometric, ditsy floral, vintage floral, or zig-zag stripes like above printed on Eco Canvas, Poly Crepe de Chine, or Linen Cotton Canvas for the ideal weight and feel for your wedding.

Big fan of color? Want to leave a lasting impression? Try something completely new like geometric 3D table runners using custom printed gift wrap for the 3D geometric shapes (aka platonic solids). Read the tutorial on how to make this look totally yours and the step-by-step on how to make colorful 3D platonic solids

Let us know your DIY wedding ideas and crafting victories in the comments below!

Jenny