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:
1.5 to 2 yards of fabric
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.
There are three different sizes you could use for a place mat so feel free to pick any one, I chose the first:
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.
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.
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!
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.
Pin around the edges and sew around all of them but leave a large enough opening on one side to flip it inside out.
As you can see in this photo – I just did a straight plain stitch around the edges.
And here is my opening to flip it inside out!
Once it’s flipped do a quick iron again, iron down the edges of the opening and pin it for sewing closed.
Sew all the edges with a fun decorative stitch and your done!
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!
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.