Thursday, March 1, 2012

The Simple Placemat Tutorial


It all started because I needed some new placemats.  
My preference:  I like them sturdy and heavy enough to not curl up and wrinkle after putting them in the dryer.

We're a placemat kind of home.  
No tablecloths (unless for a special occasion), just placemats.
Once in awhile we go without anything, but almost always, we use placemats.
I don't know why, but I prefer to use them.
And I like a placemat that looks nice and goes with my kitchen colors.

Well, it just so happens, in the beginning of winter I came across a HUGE summer tablecloth on clearance for dirt cheap.  Nice, sturdy and thick fabric.
Plus, it was bright and bold and blue.  It had to go in my kitchen.  But.. I don't use tablecloths.
What else is there except to cut it up and make some placemats!  So I did.


It took me all winter to finally do it, as you can see.
But I love the blue and the print is perfect for my kitchen.

So let's move on to how to make a Simple Placemat.

What you need:
home decor fabric 
(I made 8 placemats out of a 65" tablecloth, with more to make... pillows!?)
measuring tape or old placemat to use as a template
scissors
iron
sewing supplies

Here is the huge tablecloth before I attacked it with the scissors.


You can measure out an old placemat with a measuring tape, or just use the placemat as a template as you cut out each piece.


Mine measures 11.5" x 18".  So you'll want to add an inch all the way around for seam allowance.
For each placemat, I cut out two pieces so it would be reversible. (Be creative and use a different print/color on the other side if you like!)


Be sure to iron out your fabric pieces (preferable before you start cutting, but my fabric was so big and heavy that I did it after).


Now sandwich the pieces together, right sides facing in.


Pin together and sew around the perimeter, leaving a 3 inch gap for turning.


I used a 1/2-3/4" seam.



Trim off any excess and clip your corners.  It's easiest if you only have a 1/4 to 1/2 inch border so there's not too much excess.  This makes it easier to press and sew flat when flipped right side out.
Also, if you're worried about fray over time, you can zigzag stitch or serge the edges.


Flip your placemat right side out, poking out your corners.


Press all your corners and edges with an iron.  Also, folding under your opening and pressing with your iron.


Now sew around your entire edge using a 1/8 to 1/4 inch seam.


You're done.  Now to make more!  I made 8.. that was enough!  



Aren't they much funner as placemats?!  They feel so free!


And they work for me.  Considering I spent about 10 bucks on the tablecloth, I was able to make 8 double sided placemats and more for pillows or any other project!  Great deal!



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63 comments:

Christine said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh my gosh!!!! This actually looks like something I could attempt!!!!

I hope you'll swing by my blog and share this!
http://thediydreamer.blogspot.com/

Crafting Rebellion said... Best Blogger Tips

It looks so easy I think I better make some! Thanks!

Tanya said... Best Blogger Tips

Love how they turned out! I just got finished making napkins and place-mats for my sister. Very quick and satisfying sewing.

Sara said... Best Blogger Tips

These are so darling!! Love the turquoise. Hope you can link this project up at my turquoise lovin' party! http://www.sweetlittlegals.com/2012/02/turquoise-lovin-27.html

Angela said... Best Blogger Tips

Such a great idea! I'm looking for some sewing projects to write about on my blog. Do you mind if I link up your tutorial? Please let me know.
Thanks!

Angela @ A little about A LOT
www.alittle-aboutalot.blogspot.com

Jill ~ Jillify It said... Best Blogger Tips

What a great placemat tutorial!! I would love for you to link up at my party at Jillify It! It's going on now!

Jill
www.jillifyit.com

Kimberly @ See Sew and Seedlings said... Best Blogger Tips

I love them!! Awesome job!

http://seesewandseedlings.blogspot.com/

Steph @ Crafting in the Rain said... Best Blogger Tips

What a pretty addition to the table!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Christine Thanks, Christine! I hope you get to make some!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Crafting Rebellion That's great! Have fun!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Tanya That sounds like fun! Thanks for stopping by!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Sara Thank you for the invite, Sara!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Angela I'd be honored if you linked me up! By all means, please do! Let me know when and I'll stop by to see it! Thanks, Angela.

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Jill ~ Jillify It Thanks, Jill! I'm all linked up!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Kimberly @ See Sew and Seedlings Thank you!!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Steph @ Crafting in the Rain Thanks, Steph!

Lauryn Clemmer said... Best Blogger Tips

so simple! so cute. i need to make some! i would love for you to add this to my new link party... spreading the love. please go check it out if you are interested! there's a great scarf giveaway going on there as well!
http://lovenotesbylauryn.blogspot.com/search/label/spread%20the%20love%20link%20party
{love} lauryn @ love notes by lauryn

Amanda said... Best Blogger Tips

Really awesome, love the colors!! Cant wait to get some fabric to try.
www.newlifeovernight.blogspot.com

Kristen Turner said... Best Blogger Tips

So pretty! I've done the same thing with clearanced tablecloths from Target!

Debbie {Visual Eye Candy} said... Best Blogger Tips

These are sooo cute! I love them.

Jill ~ Jillify It said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks for linking up to my party at Jillify It! Hope to see you link up another project on Tuesday!

Jill
www.jillifyit.com

Alicia Yamashita said... Best Blogger Tips

Cute fabric! =)

Bloggymom said... Best Blogger Tips

Love it!! Now to look for tablecloths at yard sales this summer. Makes a great gift idea as well. SWEET!!

Bloggymom said... Best Blogger Tips

Love it!! Now to look for tablecloths at yard sales this summer. Makes a great gift idea as well. SWEET!!

Paxton said... Best Blogger Tips

What a great idea! I see a lot of think fabric I love, but not sure what to do with it. And I am definitely a placemat, not a table cloth girl myself!
Love this bright bold blue! So pretty! Great find and great remake!

Nicola of Life on Orchard Road said... Best Blogger Tips

Just lovely, and looks pretty easy for me (beginner!) I love the fabric you chose.
Nicola :)

K Coake said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks for the tutorial. I can't wait to make my own placemats. I don't know why but the thought had not occurred to me. Would be so nice to have placemats that I really like and that wash well.
I pinned this so I can find my way back when I am ready. I am also a new follower.
Thanks again.
KCoake
www.realcoake.blogspot.com

Melanie said... Best Blogger Tips

Found you on Lolly Jane's party! I'd love for you to come link this up!

http://www.reasonstoskipthehousework.com/2012/03/tuesday-time-out.html#.T1YnylHlyGc

Melanie :)
Reasons To Skip The Housework

OhioMomPatriot said... Best Blogger Tips

It is always nice to have a project that is fast. I love the color. Thanks for sharing!

DesignDazzle.blogspot.com said... Best Blogger Tips

This is so darling and easy! Love this!

Jill @Two Yellow Birds Decor said... Best Blogger Tips

I LOVE, LOVE those placemats!! That fabric is darling! Thank you so much for the tutorial. I want to make me some cute ones now! Thanks for sharing at Thursday's Temptation.
Jill

Good Time Charlie said... Best Blogger Tips

Did you read my mind???? I have been wanting to make new placemats for ages, but kept thinking about what a pain they would be. I can't believe how easy this will be to make from a Table Cloth. How amazing and thank you for providing the awesome tutorial. I will be featuring this tomorrow and Pinning it! -K

Kathryn Pepper said... Best Blogger Tips

I love these! They add so much to your table. Thanks for sharing at Cutesy Monday!

Kathryn
destinationcraft.blogspot.com

P.S. Have you entered the uVinyl onesie giveaway yet? I'd love for you to enter!!

Jill said... Best Blogger Tips

Great fabric Vixen! and such a bargain to get all those placemats out of it!
Love your tutorial - so clear and well explained!


Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
Hope you have a fabulous week!
Jill @ Creating my way to Success
http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

Jill @Two Yellow Birds Decor said... Best Blogger Tips

I know I have commented on this before, but I just wanted to let you know I am featuring your cute placemats at today's link party!!

http://twoyellowbirdsdecor.blogspot.com/2012/03/thursdays-temptation-link-party-8.html
JIll

Amy said... Best Blogger Tips

I absolutely love these. And you make them look so easy to do! I'm going to have to try this soon! Thanks so much for sharing at Shine on Fridays!

Amy said... Best Blogger Tips

Featured this on the One Artsy Mama FB Page!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Lauryn Clemmer Thank you so much, Lauryn!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Amanda Thanks Amanda! Have fun!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Kristen Turner Awesome! A great saver! Thanks for stopping by.

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Debbie {Visual Eye Candy} Thanks, Debbie!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Jill ~ Jillify It Thanks for stopping by, Jill!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Alicia Yamashita Thanks!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Bloggymom Thanks and good luck!!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Paxton Thank you so much!!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Nicola of Life on Orchard Road Definitely easy enough for a beginner!! Thanks!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@K Coake For sure! Thank you and welcome!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Melanie Thanks for the invite, Melanie!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@OhioMomPatriot Thanks so much!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@DesignDazzle.blogspot.com Thank you!!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Jill @Two Yellow Birds Decor Thank you, Jill!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Good Time Charlie That's awesome!! So glad I've helped you out!!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Kathryn Pepper Thanks, Kathryn!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Jill Thank you, Jill!!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Amy Thanks so much for the feature!

MiaB said... Best Blogger Tips

I love the fabric that you chose :) And this actually looks really easy. Thanks for sharing this with us at Sharing Saturday. hope to see you again this week.

~MiaB
www.mamamiasheart2heart.com

Natural Mothers Network said... Best Blogger Tips

What an inspiring tutorial and your images are so clear and inviting. I just want to start making these now! But before I do I just wanted to say thank you so much for sharing this with us on Natural Mothers Network!
I am really looking forward to hosting the Seasonal Celebration Linky Party #7 going live tomorrow and hope you'll pop over sometime-you're always welcome!
http://naturalmothersnetwork.com/category/seasonal-celebration-sunday/ Have a great weekend!
Rebecca x

Danielle said... Best Blogger Tips

I just wanted to let you know I featured you on Blissful and Domestic today. Stop and grab a button:>

http://blissfulanddomestic.blogspot.com/

ToSewWith Love said... Best Blogger Tips

Lovely, girl! thanks for sharing!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@MiaB Thanks so much for stopping by!!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Natural Mothers Network Thank you so much for your kind words!! I'll definitely stop by again soon!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Danielle Thanks again for the feature!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@ToSewWith Love Thanks so much!