Placemats are an easy way to dress up a table, and they serve the practical purpose of keeping your table clean. Learn to make placemats and you can whip up a set for every occasion. Surprise your children with a special birthday placemat for their birthdays or make a set for Halloween, Christmas, even St. Patrick's Day. You can make sets of matching placemats and napkins for gifts. The materials to make placemats are inexpensive and once you've mastered the technique, they're very quick to create.
Things You'll Need
Fabric for front and back of placement
Double fold bias tape
Cut out the placemat pattern pieces. Or make your own pattern by tracing around an existing placemat onto a piece of tissue paper or a paper bag.
Lay the fabric for the front of your placemat on top of the fabric for the back of your placement, wrong sides together.
Pin the pattern pieces to the layered fabric. Cut out the pieces.
Pin the pattern piece to the batting. Cut out the pieces.
Layer the back of the placemat, the batting and the top of the placemat. Pin or baste with spray basting.
Secure the layers together by sewing several lines of stitching through all layers, as if you were making a little quilt. This keeps the layers from shifting and bunching and provides an interesting texture. You can sew diagonal and vertical lines, random swirls, or outline sections of the fabric's pattern. Make the lines of stitching no more than three inches apart, though they can be closer if you desire.
Bind the edges of your placement with double-fold bias tape or with binding you cut yourself from a contrasting fabric.
To make matching napkins, cut 12-inch squares of fabric and finish with a narrow hem.