Thursday, April 16, 2009

Easy Placemats

I am not a seamstress. I wish I was, but I'm not. However, true to How-To Gal's motto, this project is something ANYONE can do. I have wanted place mats for my new table but couldn't find ones that I liked. The time to take the plunge arrived and I made my own! Found two complimentary fabrics and created a double sided masterpiece!

What you need:

  • 1 1/2 Yards of 45" wide fabric two- different kinds (if you want double sided) The amount of fabric depends on the size of place mats you make and the number needed. I made six and had a little of each fabric left over.
  • Rotary Cutter/fabric cutting board
  • Sewing machine
  • Pins
  • Iron
  • 1-2 hours
Let's get started!
Cut fabric into size of place mats you desire. Mine are 16" x 8 "
Pin right sides of fabrics together
Sew around place mats with a 1/4" seam allowance. Don't sew it completely shut, leave 3"-4" open. Helpful hint: leave a side open as opposed to a corner-it's easier to complete the project.
Pull fabric through the hole to reveal the right sides
Sew up the hole
Iron flat. If you would like, sew around the edges again with a complimentary colored top stitch.
Fantastic place mats in the fabric of your choice!
(and yes, we do use mason jars as cups) :)

Update July 2012: Check out my new tutorial for Quilted Chevron Placemats


  1. So cute. Um, I've wanted to tackle curtains. Care to give me the courage? I'd love to see how much it actually costs for big, tall ones...

  2. Cool idea. I like the idea of the mason jars. reminds me of when i was a kid. I'm going to go get some now.

  3. Em, when I have house (which we are hoping to get before July) I will definitely give you the courage complete with step-by-step instructions :)

  4. Really really love this...I have been searching for place mats for my new diningroom.....this is going to solve my problem...I dont know why I never thought of it before! :)

  5. I am so glad you have this tutorial! I have a hard time finding placemats that I really love and now I can make some with any of the cool fabric I want! You rock. I'll definitely be featuring this!

  6. Comin over from UCREATE... great tutorial. Love your fabric!

  7. Great tutorial!! I posted a link on Craft Gossip sewing blog:

  8. I love the Mason jars! I've been looking for the Mason jars with handles to use!

  9. Love this! Best part is you can make any color/style and size. We have a tall counter height square table that seats 8 comfortably - but not 8 regular sized placements. Time to go fabric shopping!

  10. perfect! I have been looking all over for something simple like this!!! LOVE IT! Headed out to make some Christmas ones!

  11. So cool! Great tutorial!

    Liz W.

  12. Very easy and great gift idea as well. Thank you

  13. Just made mine with some variations. I did a 16" x 12". Thanks for the great pictures and detailed instructions.


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