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Cut out the prettiest part of Christmas cards you have received, (pictures and words)! You do not have to cut perfect circles or squares, just cut out whatever you want in any shape.
You also might like to use the scissors with decorative edges.
Or, put the name of the person who gave you the card on the back. (I did this and have a card from a special person who has passed away - I will treasure this forever!).
Arrange pieces in a square or circle and tape the pieces together on the back. Now laminate it yourself to take it to be laminated.
By Tonya from Louisville, TN
For a western-themed party, cut out the thigh areas of old blue jeans and sew them into placemats. Be sure to keep the pockets intact and sew them on the placemat for the insertion of silverware.
My husband brought home these denim placemats because he liked the pocket for the silverware. I scurried to my "resource" center and got out some material and made 1 inch red bias tape for the edging. Then I found the "heart" material in another "resource" box. The place mats are 15 inches by 19 inches. If your machine (like mine) will never be able to sew a denim pocket on a placemat because of the thickness, you could use a shirt pocket or just make a pocket. A while back one of our "thrifty" group suggested always using cloth napkins.
Approximate Time: one hour
By Tedebear from San Jose, CA
Make a stack of colorful crocheted yo yos and then arrange and tie them together to make pretty and useful placemats. This page contains a crocheted yo yo place mat pattern.
Save money by overlapping two square napkins to form a rectangular placemat. Napkins were 25 cents a pack.
I am going to get some clear contact paper and cover my daughter's pictures that she drew and colored. I am going to use these as placemats.
This is a guide about making crocheted placemats. Crochet is a great crafting technique to use for making unique placemats for your home or to give as gifts.