Easy Placemats

As winter is still dragging on… I needed a pop of color to cheer the graying skies and cloudy weather. What’s easier than Placemats? They add a pop and they are temporary which does my easily bored brain good. Looking for placemats is fun but can be harder than it looks, I have bigger dishes so I like a bigger placemat, problem solved! I’ll just make ’em! And after this so can you!

                                                                                                                                                                                        I used this pattern to cut all 6 of my placemats.

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This was probably the hardest part, deciding how big to make them. The first ones I made were cute… but much to small for my table. So… after much thought, and some alberga (who said you’ll never use it again?) I came up with 15″ X 21″ I rounded the corners using a round plate. At about 3 1/2 inches from each side, drew a line… cut… tada, rounded corners.

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Here’s the top fabric all cut. It’s a heavyweight duck fabric from, JoAnn’s. Bright and fun I think… just right for the pop of color I wanted.

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The bottom fabric came from a shower curtain I thrifted from The Attic Store. Loved the texture and I can flip them over… (who am I kidding… white?! They never get flipped!) Pin right sides together, then off to the sewing machine.

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Sew with a 5/8 inch seam allowance.. No reason that’s just what I used.

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Clip the corners, it lays so much better. Don’t clip the seam (bad.. very bad.)

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Make sure you leave a gap big enough for you hand. Turn right side out.

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I used this chopstick to make sure all the corners were all the way turned, and smoothed out.

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Iron flat, makes life way easier!

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Top stitch around the whole thing, I uses a decorative stitch, make sure you catch the gap, you left to turn.

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Tada, all done! For all 6 I used about 1 1/2 yards of each fabric, and took a couple of hours to make them all, including the first one that was too small.

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Top stitching on the backside, just makes it pretty, in case I ever lose my mind and have the white side up.

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On the table

All in all a really nice easy project, That’ll take you an afternoon to whip up. Not to mention you can make them any size, shape or color! Hope ya’ll enjoyed… and if anything is unclear please feel free to drop me a line or comment in the comment section. Now off with you… Go create!  xoxo

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