Make Your Own Placemats
I've been wanting to make some placemats for the kitchen table for two reasons: 1. They look pretty and 2. They protect the table finish. So, I chose some pretty fabric and got started.
After washing & drying the fabric, the first step is to decide the size of your placemats. I like plenty of room after the plate is put on it so the finished size was 12" x 20". That means the fabric was cut to 13" x 21" to allow a half-inch seam allowance.
After the fabric was cut, fusible interfacing was ironed-on to give the placemats a little body.
With the right sides of the fabric together, the pieces were pinned. I allowed a 7" opening along one of the long sides for turning.
You can see the marks for the opening.
Using a half-inch seam allowance, the placemats were stitched.
The corners were clipped and the seam allowance trimmed.
I left a little 'extra' for the opening. It made it much easier to fold under and top-stitch closed.
The placemats were turned right side out and pressed.
The next step was to top-stitch them along the edge, sealing up the the opening used for turning.
At this point, they were almost done, The last step was to spray them with scotch-guard to protect them from stains...because you KNOW what's going to happen the first time I serve spaghetti!
They really brighten things up, but I'm sure you're wondering why I don't have them all decked out with pretty plates and glassware...well, that stuff is still all packed away in a storage unit. 😞 Hopefully, that will be remedied soon - fingers crossed!
As always, thank you for stopping by. I hope I've inspired you to make some placemats for your table. If you can sew a (fairly) straight line, you can do this!
Have a great weekend.
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