Making Fabric Placemats and Napkins

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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.



  1. I cut the placemats on the border.
  2. Cut the batting and cotton fabric the same size as the printed fabric.
  3. I stitched the printed fabric and plain fabric together on the wrong side.
  4. Stitch 3 sides and turn over (right side out).
  5. Put the batting inside and neaten the corners.
  6. Fold the unstitched side inwards about 1 cm, stitch and neaten.
  7. On the top, stitch according to the pattern or on the edge to hold it firm and iron.

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  • 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).
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  8. Snip corners (see photo), and remove pins.
  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.
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  5. Fold in opening and pin. Sew around napkin (close to edge), starting with opening.

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March 29, 2015

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.

By Louise


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.

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July 30, 2014

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.

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December 17, 2017

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.

watermelon and orange slice placemats

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