Placemats and Napkins

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Materials

  • fabric for front and back of placemats (about a yard), ironed
  • fabric for napkins (absorbent cotton fabric, lightweight or medium), ironed
  • interfacing, muslin, batting, or thin polar fleece to add body to placemat
  • cutting mat, ruler, and rotary blade
  • pins
  • scissors
  • sewing machine with coordinating thread
  • iron with mat

Placemat Instructions:

  1. Cut 6 fabric fronts, 13x18 inches.
  2. Cut 6 fabric backings, 13x18 inches.
  3. Cut 6 pieces, 13x18 inches, of interfacing.
  4. Layer placemat pieces front and back facing together and interfacing on top (see photo), pin in place.
  5. For a decorative edge, measure 3 inches in from corner (in and down) and cut from point to point. You can also leave it a rectangle.
  6. Sew all edges 1/4 inch, leaving an opening at the bottom (large enough to flip).
  7. Snip corners (see photo), and remove pins.
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  9. Flip inside out, reaching in between the front and back fabric pieces. Be sure to push out all corners and finger press or iron.
  10. Fold in opening and pin. Sew around entire edge of placemat (close to edge), starting with sewing the opening shut.

Napkin Instructions

  1. Cut 12 squares of lightweight cotton fabric (12x12 inches, or your choice).
  2. Pin 2 squares together facing best side in.
  3. Sew 1/4 inch around edges, leaving opening at bottom for turning. Snip corners, remove pins, flip inside out. Be sure to push out corners and edges and iron if necessary.
  4. Fold in opening and pin. Sew around napkin (close to edge), starting with opening.
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By Starchild from VT

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