Monday, February 7, 2011

Tutorial: Placemats

My new kitchen nook table needed new placemats badly and I decided to make my own. I made them a little fancier than your standard rectangular ones. These are 15 inches by 20 inches but you can easily make them bigger or smaller to fit your table.

Supplies (For one placemat)

½ yard fabric of home interior fabric
½ yard heavy iron on interface
Coordinating Thread
Sewing Machine


Step 1: Cut your fabric 20.5 inches wide by 15.5 inches height.  Cut your interface 20 inches wide by 15 inches height. You will need to cut 1 piece of interface and 2 pieces of your fabric.

Step 2: On one of your fabric pieces, follow manufacture’s directions and iron on your interface to the wrong side of your fabric.

Step 3. Place your two fabric pieces right sides together and pin the pieces together. Place two pins on the top of your placemat 3 inches apart, or leave enough of a space to turn your placemat right side out.

Step 4: In one corner measure three inches on both sides and mark with a pen. Draw a straight line connecting both marks. Cut along the line you made. Repeat this on all corners.

Step 5: Starting at one of your pins stitch a seam 1/2 inch in from the edge around to your other pin. Make sure you don’t sew the small opening closed.

Step 6: Turn your placemat inside out through your small opening. Use a pen or chopstick to poke out the corners.

Step 7: Fold in the opening and iron the opening. Stitch a seam a 1/4 inch in from the edge around the entire placemat.

Step 8: Iron the placemat when finished to get the wrinkles out.

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