Simple Placemats – Tutorial

Some months ago I bought this lovely dark red fabric with these hearts  with a typical rural Swiss scene depicted on them.

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I fell in love and have been wondering what to do with the fabric. Last weekend I decided to make some placemats out of the thick decorating fabric. The only problem was I wanted something easy and fast.

Most of the tutorials I came across were for pieced and/or quilted placemats. As I didn’t want to buy any additional fabric or supplies, this wouldn’t work. I just wanted to get to it.

Luckily I found two tutorials that enabled me to figure out what I needed to make a simple front and backsided placemat. In a morning I was able to do three before I ran out of fabric and a few days later, after locating the same fabric I was able to finish 3 more. This was the perfect quick sewing project and a bonus that it would help me get ready for Christmas at the same time.

 

Step 1

Measure and cut a rectangle 13″  X 19″ using two pieces of like or coordinating fabric . Place fabric right sides together and pin, leaving a 4 inch opening  on a short side, to turn inside out once sewn.

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Step 2

Next , using a straight stitch, sew a 3/4 inch  seam  from the beginning of the opening to the end, being sure to backstitch when you begin and end your stitches.

Step 3

Cut diagonally across the corners, close to your stitches to reduce bulk and get nice pointy corners. Turn the placemat inside out and using a pointy object gently poke out the corners. Press. Turn the seams of the opening inside so the folded edge lines up with the sewn edge and press that as well.

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Step 4

Next, topstitch around the edges leaving a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Press again and voila, you have a placemat!

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I can’t wait to use these for Christmas dinner!

I hope this has inspired you to give this tutorial a try, to whip up some placemats of your own. I would love to see yours if you do make some.

Have a great weekend!