DIY Place Mats

8 Aug

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 I have been dying to try out this pattern that I got from my Maw Maw (actually Brian’s Maw Maw but I claim her as mine!) and I finally got the chance to do it! This is so simple and so much fun. What you’ll need:

Mat Board
Ruler
Pencil Scissors
1.5 to 2 yards of fabric
Thread
Sewing Machine
Iron & Board

If you have everything you need minus the mat board – do not go out and buy mat board! Find a box laying around your house that’s wide enough and long enough for this project.

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There are three different sizes you could use for a place mat so feel free to pick any one, I chose the first:

12’X18′
14’X20′
or 12′ diameter for round.

First I took measurements to create my template, made a drawing on my board, and cut it out with scissors.
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Once you have it cut out you’ll never have to measure again!!! That is probably my favorite thing about templates 🙂 I have scrapes and piles of mat board, boxes, laying around the house just for this purpose.

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Pull out your fabric and lay your template down on top and cut around it. I fold my fabric over and do two cuts at one time to make sure they are exactly identical!

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Once you have your two pieces cut out I flip them inside out and give them a quick iron to make sure the pieces lay flat.

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Pin around the edges and sew around all of them but leave a large enough opening on one side to flip it inside out.

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As you can see in this photo – I just did a straight plain stitch around the edges.

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And here is my opening to flip it inside out!

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Once it’s flipped do a quick iron again, iron down the edges of the opening and pin it for sewing closed.

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Sew all the edges with a fun decorative stitch and your done!

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If you have seen my work before you know this is my go to decorative stitch. It uses up a lot of thread but I love the way it looks and it feels really secure!

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I hope you enjoyed my place mats tutorial and if you’d like to go ahead and purchase them – I have these up on Etsy for sell here.

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2 Responses to “DIY Place Mats”

  1. Mary Ann August 8, 2013 at 8:11 am #

    Great job….I love the polka dots! This is a quick and easy project for Etsy sales! I have a set of placemats she made in a fall fabric! You could make some with Christmas fabric for your craft shows!

    • underestimatedmom August 8, 2013 at 8:40 am #

      Thanks! I’m pulling out all of my fabric options and seeing which ones I have enough fabric for 😉

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