Making Fabric Placemats and Napkins
If you sew, you can easily make beautiful placemats and napkins to coordinate with your decor. This is a page about making fabric placemats and napkins
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I bought this African printed fabric.
- batting to hold it firmly
- plain cotton fabric
- cotton thread for stitching
- I cut the placemats on the border.
- Cut the batting and cotton fabric the same size as the printed fabric.
- I stitched the printed fabric and plain fabric together on the wrong side.
- Stitch 3 sides and turn over (right side out).
- Put the batting inside and neaten the corners.
- Fold the unstitched side inwards about 1 cm, stitch and neaten.
- On the top, stitch according to the pattern or on the edge to hold it firm and iron.
By Dorty from SA
- 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
- sewing machine with coordinating thread
- iron with mat
- Cut 6 fabric fronts, 13x18 inches.
- Cut 6 fabric backings, 13x18 inches.
- Cut 6 pieces, 13x18 inches, of interfacing.
- Layer placemat pieces front and back facing together and interfacing on top (see photo), pin in place.
- 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.
- Sew all edges 1/4 inch, leaving an opening at the bottom (large enough to flip).
- Snip corners (see photo), and remove pins.
- Flip inside out, reaching in between the front and back fabric pieces. Be sure to push out all corners and finger press or iron.
- Fold in opening and pin. Sew around entire edge of placemat (close to edge), starting with sewing the opening shut.
- Cut 12 squares of lightweight cotton fabric (12x12 inches, or your choice).
- Pin 2 squares together facing best side in.
- 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.
- Fold in opening and pin. Sew around napkin (close to edge), starting with opening.
By Heather from VT
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March 29, 20150 found this helpful
I am looking to make cross stitch placemats with loose ends. I am looking for the method to do this, please let me know if any of you have the method. Thank you.
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April 18, 20180 found this helpful
You can use a piece of burlap and fray the edges. Draw your pattern on a piece of graph paper to get an idea of how it will look when you stitch it. You can back it by sewing on a piece of felt.
July 30, 20141 found this helpful
This is a page about using cloth instead of paper products. You can leave less of a footprint on the environment and save money, by using cloth towels and napkins.
December 17, 20170 found this helpful
This is a page about how to make fruit slice placemats. changing up the fabric colors and patterns you can make a variety of fruit slice design placemats.
They would be fun to use for summer meals and picnics.