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How To Sew Quick And Easy Placemats

Are you interested in making some placemats? Here’s a quick and easy way on how to make them and using the least amount of fabric as possible so they are cost-effective!

These placemats are easy to make, use a very minimal amount of fabric, look so nice and finished (not sloppy and cheap!), are machine washable and are reversible! 

Here’s how to make a set of 4 placemats for your dining room table, you can make more or less, it’s up to you!

Reference the photos for any help you may need with the instructions!

What you will need:

  • 100% cotton fabric, quilting cotton works best! You can use two different patterns if you’d like the placemat to be reversible!
  • Rotary cutter (or scissors, if you’re using scissors you’ll want to use a measuring tape or a ruler)
  • Rotary cutting mat (if you’re using scissors you won’t need this)
  • Pins
  • Iron + ironing board 
  • Sewing machine
  • Sewing thread 
  • Machine sewing needle
Batting or some sort of plastic could also be added to the inside!

The steps, to make 4 placemats:

   1. Cut 8 rectangles of 100% cotton fabric around 16.5” x 12.5”, this doesn’t have to be exact! 

You can make placemats that have the same pattern/solid colour on both sides or you can mix it up and do two different solids, solid and a pattern or even two different patterns!

   2. Iron each rectangle

You may also need to cut again to make sure they are still the correct size! Sometimes after you have ironed and all the creases are gone the fabric ends up being larger and the lines get wonky!

   3. Place two rectangles right sides together and pin all around them, repeat this step four times! Optional: place the batting or plastic here on top of the rectangles. Match up your rectangles with whatever patterns or solids you want together. 

   4. Sew around the rectangle and leave a little gap around 1 or 2 inches so that you can flip it inside out afterwards! Do this with all four placemats!

   5. Flip all of the placemats inside out!

   6. Iron all of the placemats and make sure all the corners are poked out, here is where you'll want to make sure all the edges look nice and 'crisp'!

   7. Make sure that you iron the raw edges of the gap inwards. This will ensure that there is no hole in your placemats and that the side looks nice and is a straight line!

   8. To finish it off, top stitch around the rectangle with a very small seam allowance that is almost right at the edge. There should no longer be a gap after you have sewn around it!

Enjoy your new set of placemats!

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