Thursday, December 2, 2010

How to Make Placemats

Maybe making all those coasters inspired me. Or maybe it was our aging collection of placemats that inspired me. In any case, it turns out to be insanely simple to make your own placemats.

pug and placemat 2

What you'll need to make 4 placemats:
1 yard of fabric for the top
1 yard of fabric for the back
1 yard of medium weight interfacing
sewing machine (optional, but reaaaallly nice to have)
scissors and/or a rotary cutter
seam turner or chopstick

Pick out your fabric
For the fabric, I chose a cotton for the top, and a slightly heavier, not quite canvas cotton for the back. (It's vintage, so who knows what it really is.)

First, cut out 4- 13x16 (33 cm x 40.6 cm) pieces of the top fabric, backing, and interfacing.
measuring fabric
You'll have about 14" (35.5 cm) leftover from your yard. Napkins, perhaps?

Next, iron the interfacing onto the back side of the top pieces according to the package directions.

Pin the newly interfaced fabric in place, right sides touching.
Pin fabric in place

Starting in the middle of one side, sew around the edge of the fabric. Leave about a 1/4" (.6 cm) edge. Be sure to leave about a 2" (5 cm) gap so you can turn the placemat inside out.
Sew the fabric together

Once that's done, turn the placemat inside out. Use a seam turner or a chopstick to get those pesky corners.
Turn the placemat inside out
Pinch the fabric together at the gap, and hand sew the gap closed.
Hand sew the gap closed

Finally, iron the placemat out nice and pretty. Really press the edges and corners to get nice firm edges.
Final step - iron!

Repeat the process to create as many placemats as you wish.
Finished placemat

Now, invite your friends over to admire your handiwork!
Pug placemat


Eerika said...

I think I'm going to have to make a tutorial on how to make super easy to turn corners. They're something I learned how to do in school, and I'm amazed more people don't know how to do them, since they make life (or sewing things with corners at least) a whole lot easier.

Claire said...

Do it! I never learned the proper way. I know I'd read your tutorial. ^_^

Juli said...

Ha ha! LOVE the expression on your pug's face in the first photo--that stricken look when they realize there's no food coming. Priceless!

Anna said...

Pretty! And, pug face. at the dinner table. I love it!!

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