Valentine Placemats

 How are things in your part of the world?  Around here, it's been quite cold and a little dreary.  We had a pretty good snowstorm last week and before that, an ice storm that made it impossible to walk or open the car doors...Good Times!  
Not really....you know how I feel about Winter.
Since I was stuck indoors, (let's face it, bad knees and an icy sidewalk are a really bad idea) I decided to repurpose my Valentine tablecloth into placemats.  Placemats just work better for me.
It was pretty big - sorry, I didn't measure it, but it covered my 35" x 52" table with lots of overhang.  

I wanted four placemats measuring 12" x 19", so I cut 8 - 13" x 20" rectangles.  This allowed 1/2" seams.  

I placed them right sides together...
...and sewed all the way around them leaving an opening for turning.
The corners were clipped...
...and then they were turned right side out.
Time to press and add top-stitching.
The only thing left to do was set the table!
There was even a little leftover fabric for a couple of napkins!

I also made a couple of pillow covers - I told you this tablecloth was pretty big.  They are easy to make and a breeze to change for the seasons.  I'll have the instructions for them soon. You won't believe how quickly these come together!

Don't you think this opens a whole new realm of possibilities for old tablecloths?  They often turn up at yard/estate sales and now I may have a new item to look for when thrifting!

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Happy Valentine's Day!

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  1. Love this idea! I have several older tablecloths I no longer use and think this would be a great way to repurpose them. I’ll just think of them as fabric! Thanks for the idea! Zenda

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    1. I'm so glad you love this idea too, Zenda. It's a wonderful way to use old tablecloths that are just sitting in a drawer!

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  2. Placemats, napkins AND cushion covers! What great use of a lovely tablecloth.

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    1. Absolutely, Julie! I keep thinking of all the beautiful tablecloths I've seen at estate sales....I'll be rethinking leaving them behind now.

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  3. I like them and it made me think you could put another seasonal print on the other side

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    1. Thank you, and you are absolutely right. There are so many possibilities!

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  4. I love this! I was thinking I would like to make Valentine themed place mats and this is such a great way to make them. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I'm so glad you like the idea, Michele. It's a great way to use tablecloths that aren't being used!

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  5. You really got a lot of mileage out of that tablecloth! I like the red-heart pillow covers as well as the placemats for Valentines. Very pretty! Thank you for linking up at Talent-Sharing Tuesdays Link-Up 7.
    Carol
    www.scribblingboomer.com

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    1. Thanks Carol. I certainly did. It just seemed like a much better way to use a tablecloth that was only used once a year!

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  6. Fantastic projects! You got your money's worth. Great job

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    1. I sure did! Now I have to take a look at some other tablecloths that aren't being used.

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  7. Great idea, Ann...I have tablecloths that i bought strickly to use the fabric for the Victorian crafts that i used to make and sell and i was thinking of making placemat, runners and even toppers out of them...Great idea about the pillows too!! Stay safe, healthy and happy!!
    Hugs,
    Deb

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    1. It sounds like you've got plenty of fabric to work with, Debbie! Be sure to stop back for the pillow cover tutorial. They are super easy to make!

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  8. I love the way you have re-purposed something you don't want into items that you do want. Lovely!

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    1. Thank you so much, Christine. It's the same as buying something brand new (but cheaper)!

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  9. Great idea! I love upcycling things I don't want any more into things I do. Thanks for linking up on Crafty Creators!
    XOXO,
    Niki

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    1. Thank you, Niki. Placemats just work better for me sometimes!

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  10. Great way to recycle your tablecloth! The placemats look great! Thanks for sharing with us at Creatively Crafty #ccbg :)

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