Easy-Peasy DIY Placemats

Jul 27, 2016

I’ve FINALLY knocked out one of the projects I’ve been meaning and wanting to do for forever.  I made table settings for our dining room!  (Well…breakfast room.  Except we eat breakfast in the kitchen and other meals in the breakfast room.  We are a little odd.)

They were SO EASY, that I thought I’d share them here.  You know, for a little push to get yours finished too.  Sometimes we all need a little nudge in the right direction.

I made 6 to start out with.  Because these are cloth and will probably get dirtier faster than I can clean them, I’ll be making another entire set.  I just haven’t decided if I want to keep the same fabric, or to mix/match with more black and white prints.  That’d be fun, right?

Materials Needed (for a set of 6):

  • 1 yard main fabric
  • 1 yard contrasting fabric
  • 1 yard fusible fleece (I like to use Pellon 987F)
  • Coordinating thread
  • Sewing machine / iron / pins

1.) Cut 6 of each.

:: Main Fabric – 17″ W x 12″ L
:: Contrasting Fabric – 17″ W x 12″ L
:: Fusible Fleece – 16″ W x 11″ L

2.) With your main fabric face down, center your fusible fleece piece on top (fusible side down).  Iron according to the fusible fleece instructions.

3.) Place your contrasting fabric right-side-up, and the main fabric on top, face-down.

4.) Using 1/2″ seam allowance, sew along the entire outside of the rectangle.  Make sure to leave a 4″ opening for turning.

5.) Turn placemat right-side-out, through the 4″ opening you left.

6.) Push out the corners and press placemat.  Tuck in the seam allowance into the 4″ opening, pin.  Edge stitch around the entire outside, closing the opening.  If desired, top stitch another line of thread 1/2″ from the edge.

Woohoo!  You’ve finished your first placemat!  Repeat all steps for the next 5 and you’re ready to eat on some super cute place settings.  Told you it was easy!

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9 Comments

  1. Donna B

    Thank you for this. I realize you wrote it a few years ago but I just stumbled on it in Pinterest and it is exactly what I was looking for. I can’t wait to get started!

    Reply
    • Katy M.

      Oh fun! I hope they turn out exactly as you’d hoped!

      Reply
    • Nancy

      Me too!

      Reply
  2. Beda

    What is the purpose of the fusible fleece?

    Reply
    • Katy M.

      Just to give it a little more body. You can omit it, but I’d recommend using some sort of stabilizer so you can wash the mats without them losing their shape.

      Reply
      • Anna

        Instead of fusible fleece can you sew in fleece or use interface?

        Reply
        • Katy M.

          Sure! I just use it to give them a little more body. And fusible fleece is always in my sewing room, so it’s my go-to. Using alternate items is obviously something you can do! 😉

          Reply
  3. Sandy

    Hi, thank you for this pattern, how does the batting do after it’s been washed?

    Reply
    • Katy M.

      It works great! To keep it nicer, longer, you want to just machine wash warm, on the delicate cycle. And tumble dry low.

      Reply

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