How to Make Placemats

I have wanted to complete this project for so long! I think I bought the fabric back in January. Finally, this week I got placemats made for our family. Now I can show you how to make placemats.

So cute! I can easily modify this for any holiday, season or occasion. This is a simple, free sewing pattern and tutorial on how to make placemats (reversible placemats).

Just like the rest of this similar fabric that I used to make a reversible table runner, I wanted reversible placemats as well.

They would have been a very simple project had I not decided I wanted an applique on them as well. I’m just going to show you how to make the reversible placemats today. I can do a tutorial on the applique as well as how to cut fabric with a Cricut another day.

I started the project by measuring one of my current placemats to figure out the finished size. My placemat measured 17.5″ by 13.5″.

Make sure you wash your fabrics before cutting and sewing them as they will be washed frequently. If you don’t wash them, they will likely shrink and change shape.

Cut your fabric at 18.5″ by 14.5″. With .5″ seam allowances, that will give you the finished size of a standard placemat. Of course, if you want your placemat bigger or smaller, cut accordingly.

To make a reversible placemat, you will want to cut two of these rectangles for each placemat. You will also want some sew-in interfacing cut to the same size. I used Pellon 910 sew-in interfacing.(affiliate link)
So cute! I can easily modify this for any holiday, season or occasion. This is a simple, free sewing pattern and tutorial on how to make placemats (reversible placemats).
If you are using an applique on your placemats, place them in the lower left hand corner. I wanted mine to be about 1″ from the finished edge. It is the perfect place to still see the applique while the plate is on the placemat.
So cute! I can easily modify this for any holiday, season or occasion. This is a simple, free sewing pattern and tutorial on how to make placemats (reversible placemats).
To allow for the seams, place your applique at 1.5″ from the left hand side and the bottom.
So cute! I can easily modify this for any holiday, season or occasion. This is a simple, free sewing pattern and tutorial on how to make placemats (reversible placemats).
This is the most important part of your project. Get the fabrics and interfacing in the correct order. I didn’t think it through the first attempt and had to use the seam ripper to take the whole thing apart.

Place your two fabrics together, right sides together. Place the interfacing on the top or the bottom of your two fabrics. It doesn’t matter whether the interfacing is on the top or the bottom, just so long as it is not in between your two fabrics.
So cute! I can easily modify this for any holiday, season or occasion. This is a simple, free sewing pattern and tutorial on how to make placemats (reversible placemats).
Pin your layers together and sew using a .5″ seam allowance. Leave a 4″ opening in the bottom center of the placemat.
So cute! I can easily modify this for any holiday, season or occasion. This is a simple, free sewing pattern and tutorial on how to make placemats (reversible placemats).
Clip your corners and pull the fabric through the center opening to make it be right side out. Iron the placemat being careful to lay the unsewn seam neatly following your .5″ seam allowance.

Top stitch around the entire placemat using a .25″ seam allowance. This will close the hole you used to pull your fabric through and help keep the layers of the placemat in place even with washing and use.
So cute! I can easily modify this for any holiday, season or occasion. This is a simple, free sewing pattern and tutorial on how to make placemats (reversible placemats).
All done! Without the applique this would be a very quick and simple project. My applique’s turned into a whole problem and craft bust and took a lot longer than they should have, so my project ended up taking a few days. Fun times!
So cute! I can easily modify this for any holiday, season or occasion. This is a simple, free sewing pattern and tutorial on how to make placemats (reversible placemats).
Now we just need to set the table for dinner.
So cute! I can easily modify this for any holiday, season or occasion. This is a simple, free sewing pattern and tutorial on how to make placemats (reversible placemats).
See how I used the placement of the applique where it can be seen even with the silverware and dishes on the placemat? Of course the napkin would cover it up some, but most of the time the napkin is in the lap anyway.
So cute! I can easily modify this for any holiday, season or occasion. This is a simple, free sewing pattern and tutorial on how to make placemats (reversible placemats).
I think making these placemats was fun (other than the craft fail part of it) and I love the look and the quality of the finish. I could totally see making some fun placemats for lots of different occasions and holidays. I just need some storage space for placemats and I’m good to go.

Have you ever made placemats? Any other tips, tricks, or ideas for us?

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  • Anne Weaver - July 29, 2013 - 2:46 pm

    How are the appliques a craft fail? They turned out cute!! I linked to your tutorial over at Craft Gossip:
    http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-sew-a-set-of-reversible-placemats-3/2013/07/29/
    –AnneReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - July 30, 2013 - 2:53 am

      The appliques were a craft fail because it took two or three attempts to get them cut out and then I had some issues with sewing them on. I think they turned out cute as well, but they were a bit of work to figure out. Thank you so much for linking my tutorial up at craft gossip…that is very sweet of you.
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  • SouthMainMuse - July 29, 2013 - 5:35 pm

    Wow. So impressive. I love your applique. I’ve tried but never had success. Those are so cute. It’s like you could make custom ones for a big dinner party.ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - July 30, 2013 - 2:53 am

      Thanks! I could make custom ones for a dinner party…you having one this summer in your little house with the remodel going on? πŸ˜‰
      Take care,
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  • Libby - July 30, 2013 - 12:18 am

    These are some really lovely placemats. I love that they are reversible and that they are so darn cute! Nice and summery. πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - July 30, 2013 - 5:11 pm

      Thank you so much, Libby! I love reversible, too. I tend to get board with things, so reversible works really well for me. They were so easy, I think I will be making more of them.
      Enjoy your blog break!
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  • Nikki - July 31, 2013 - 1:52 pm

    Those are so cute! I love the bright colors. And you’re right, you could make some for the holidays, too!
    Nikki
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    • KC Coake - August 1, 2013 - 1:51 am

      Thanks so much, Nikki! Yeah, you just might see some more in a later post. πŸ˜‰
      Take care,
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  • Michele Reynolds - July 31, 2013 - 5:37 pm

    Sweet and colorful! Pinned to my dishware and table board! I posted DIY Doily Jacket this week. Stop over:)ReplyCancel

  • Winnie - July 31, 2013 - 9:41 pm

    These are sooooooooo cute!
    Beautiful colors and pattern and I really like itReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - August 1, 2013 - 1:53 am

      Thank you! I love bright colors…glad to know others do as well. They are just fun.
      Take care,
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  • Nici @ Posed Perfection - August 1, 2013 - 12:46 am

    These turned out so cute, KC! I love the fabric! I’d be honored if you linked this post and any others up to our All Things Thursday Blog Hop that goes live at 8pm Central tonight. Have a great week!
    Blessings,
    NiciReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - August 1, 2013 - 1:55 am

      Thank you so much, Nici! I hope you have a great week as well.
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  • Gena at ichoosejoy.org - August 1, 2013 - 9:04 pm

    Very cute! I have some “fruit and vegetable” fabric that I need to make placemats out of!
    –GenaReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - August 2, 2013 - 1:47 am

      Thank you! I bet fruit and vegetable fabric would be really cute for the dinner table. Great idea!
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  • Navy Wifey Peters - August 1, 2013 - 10:23 pm

    Super cute! Nice bright colors and fabrics!

    Navy Wifey Peters @ Submarine Sunday Link PartyReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - August 2, 2013 - 1:47 am

      Thanks! We like bright colors. How about you?
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  • Maria - August 2, 2013 - 1:58 am

    Hi KC these are so cute! I would love for you to share them at the Krafty Inspiration Thursday Link Party over at Krafty Cards etc. http://kraftycardsetc.blogspot.com/2013/08/krafty-inspiration-thursday-2.html
    Thanks for the inspiration!
    MariaReplyCancel

  • Melissa Whitcher - August 2, 2013 - 4:51 pm

    These are SUPER cute!! Thank you for sharing. Just love them!

    Melissa
    redflycreations.comReplyCancel

  • The Mandatory Mooch - August 3, 2013 - 4:51 pm

    What a fun project idea, KC!! I would love for you to link up to my Tasty Thursdays party going on right now. http://www.mandatorymooch.blogspot.com/2013/07/tasty-thursdays-52.html

    Thanks, Nichi – The Mandatory MoochReplyCancel

  • Maartje Quilt - August 4, 2013 - 8:43 am

    Lovely placemats!
    Applique is just a tchnique. When you now how, you have those appliques in less than an hour and finish your placemats in a day!ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - August 5, 2013 - 2:27 am

      Thanks! Yes, now that I know how to cut out the fabric on my Cricut, it will be a breeze.
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  • anastasia anezinis - August 5, 2013 - 6:55 am

    ooo these are amazing!!!I love it!
    big hugs
    http://freestilcreatingbyvilly.blogspot.gr/ReplyCancel

  • Jason&Jamie Koenig - August 5, 2013 - 3:16 pm

    Ty for sharing this, I’ve been looking at how to’s to make my own. I would love it if you would link up at our first linky party this Wednesday :
    http://thekoenigscreate.blogspot.com/
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    • KC Coake - August 11, 2013 - 4:31 pm

      Thanks…I hope this tutorial helps you out.
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  • Jason&Jamie Koenig - August 5, 2013 - 3:16 pm

    Ty for sharing this, I’ve been looking at how to’s to make my own. I would love it if you would link up at our first linky party this Wednesday :
    http://thekoenigscreate.blogspot.com/
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  • Karla Harms - August 6, 2013 - 3:23 am

    Very cute! I love that they are reversible
    We’d love it if you would come link up with us on Much Ado About Monday!
    http://www.huckleberrylove.com/2013/08/much-ado-about-monday-no-21-fun-giveaway.html

    Karla
    http://www.huckleberrylove.comReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - August 11, 2013 - 4:34 pm

      Thank you! The reversible makes them so fun and double the decor.
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  • Melanie {Reasons To Skip The Housework} - August 6, 2013 - 2:38 pm

    These are super cute. Love the patterns! Thank you for linking up at The Weekly Creative!

    Smiles,
    Melanie
    Reasons To Skip The Housework and The Inspiration NetworkReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - August 11, 2013 - 4:34 pm

      Thank you so much and Thank you for hosting each week.
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  • Kim of Mo Betta - August 10, 2013 - 11:27 am

    They are very cute! I haven’t thought about making my own! (Probably b/c I can’t sew very well πŸ˜‰ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - August 11, 2013 - 4:43 pm

      Lol! They aren’t hard to make even if you don’t sew very well. If you can sew a mostly straight line, you can make these.
      Take care,
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  • Pam @Threading My Way - August 17, 2013 - 9:11 am

    Love the fabric you’ve used, KC and the appliques just finish them off beautifully!!! A great tutorial…ReplyCancel

  • Milena Yancheva - August 17, 2013 - 10:37 am

    Great placemats! And the fabric is wonderful! Thanks for the tutorial.
    Have a great weekend!
    Hugs!!!ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - August 19, 2013 - 12:38 am

      Thank you! I hope you find the tutorial helpful. Enjoy!
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  • Ana Lopes - August 17, 2013 - 12:14 pm

    Too lovely!!! Those placemats are really gorgeous!Thanks so much for sharing the great tutorial! Would love to have you visit my blog sometime.
    Have a fabulous weekend!
    Hugs and love from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft
    http://www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com
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  • Angela - August 28, 2013 - 3:59 pm

    Love ’em! Very fun and cheerful. Thanks for showing us how you made them. Just might have to make some for my girls too! πŸ™‚ Angela from sunnysweetlife.blogspot.comReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - September 3, 2013 - 1:00 pm

      Thanks so much! I’m thinking of making some for other seasons, too. Enjoy!
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  • Lindsey Vowles - August 28, 2013 - 11:08 pm

    How do you wash these? Spot clean or can you use Delicate Cycle on your washing machine and then lay them flat to dry? My husband can be super messy. πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - September 3, 2013 - 12:59 pm

      The fabric I picked is cotton, so I prewashed it. Now it can be washed just like any other cotton (by prewashing it, it has already shrunk as much as it is going to). I wash them with our other towels and such which I usual wash in warm water and dry on delicate or medium. Because I use the dryer, they probably need to be ironed, but I hate ironing and they seem to look ok by just flattening them out.
      Trust me, my kids and my husband have already given them a workout and gotten lots of stuff on them.
      Take care,
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  • Anonymous - August 30, 2013 - 4:00 am

    how much material did you need to make 6?
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    • KC Coake - September 4, 2013 - 12:52 am

      I’m fairly certain I bought 2 yards. I bought the fabric so long ago that I’m not certain. I just did the math 18.5″ x 3 (because my fabric was wide enough that I could cut two wide and three long) that is 55.5 which if you divide that by 36″ (a yard) it is about 1.5 yards. Like I said, I’m fairly certain it was 2 yards I was working with.
      Hope that helps!
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  • Anonymous - September 1, 2013 - 5:11 am

    Anonymous, You can get 2 placemats from a half yard of 44″ wide fabric so you will need 3 yards of each fabric to make 6.Good luckReplyCancel

    • Anonymous - September 1, 2013 - 6:15 am

      Anonymous, I need to correct my math, it’s late and I’m tired you can get 6 placemats with a yard and a half of each fabric for a total of 3 yards. Hope I didn’t confuse you.ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - September 5, 2013 - 1:22 am

      Thanks for your help with this. I’m pretty sure I used 2 yards of each fabric. I bought the fabric so long ago, I can’t totally remember, but I’m pretty sure it was 2 yards.
      Take care,
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    Nice, I love them πŸ˜‰ReplyCancel

  • Sewing Shop - July 17, 2015 - 6:20 am

    What a fun and quick project, the placemats look so nice! The applique really gives them a beautiful touch. Thanks for sharing this tutorial, it’s great for beginners.
    I featured the tutorial on my blog here: http://www.sewingshop.net/blog/reversible-placemats/ReplyCancel

  • Bonnie Lou - January 1, 2016 - 7:22 pm

    Regarding the placemats: What kind of fabric would you suggest? I’m thinking that a cotton one would be easy to stain. What would you suggest?ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - January 4, 2016 - 7:49 pm

      Mine are made from a cotton fabric and surprisingly (with 2 kids), I haven’t had any problems with staining. I have tons of problems with staining on other things, but thus far these haven’t been an issue. I’m not sure what other fabric that you could use that would be less stain resistant. The cotton washed up really well, so that is why I selected it.ReplyCancel

  • Andi - January 20, 2016 - 2:48 pm

    I was really feeling the need to “ground” myself and I often do that by creating. This project caught my eye and worked up in one evening. I made 8 of them last night and loved the project, the process and the outcome. Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - January 20, 2016 - 8:44 pm

      Oh, I’m so glad you found the post and that you enjoyed the project! Thank you so much for letting me know. I love getting comments like this!ReplyCancel

  • Michele Carr-Allen David Allen - January 25, 2016 - 2:03 am

    Those are adorable!!! I love the fabric!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - March 11, 2016 - 5:15 pm

    I can’t wait to try this! Is the interfacing a requirement? If I do not use it, will it lead to problems down the road? Thank you.ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - March 13, 2016 - 4:45 pm

      I don’t think you would have to use the interfacing, but I prefer them with it. It adds some stability to the placemat so they are totally floppy. I prefer that, but if you don’t mind or don’t like that, then go without the interfacing. I can’t think of other problems…other than that they may wrinkle more, which would be a huge problem in my book, since I never iron. πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

      • Michelle - March 13, 2016 - 7:37 pm

        Thank you very much! πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Sharron Minium - March 15, 2016 - 1:44 am

    These are so adorable!!! I’m going to attempt for my first sewing project and wondering what kind of fabric should I use.ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - March 15, 2016 - 8:33 pm

      Glad you like them! I used a cotton fabric and think it works well since they will get washed quite a bit.ReplyCancel

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  • Tracey - April 25, 2016 - 5:15 pm

    I just found your site today, after searching Pinterest for place mat tutorials. Your site is so cute, and I’ll definitely be adding it to my favorites so I can come back for a visit! I’m going to give these a try (minus the applique) for Christmas gifts for my mom. Thanks for the instructions! I’m a newbie at sewing, I actually just got my sewing machine about a week ago. Hopefully I can pull these off!ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - April 27, 2016 - 6:55 pm

      I have faith in you! I promise these are really easy. They are pretty much sewing a straight line with a couple of corners. To me, the hardest part is putting the fabric and the interfacing in the right order before you start sewing. I usually get that wrong or have to pull up my own blog to make sure I get it right. Lol! You’ve got this! Let me know how they turn out. I’d love to hear.ReplyCancel

  • Debra - April 28, 2016 - 8:32 am

    Love your placemat with the appliance. Wondering how the pattern would work with iron on interfacing?ReplyCancel

    • Debra - April 28, 2016 - 8:37 am

      *applique*ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - May 2, 2016 - 12:42 pm

      Thank you! I’m assuming you mean the iron-on in the center of the placemat not the applique, right? Because I did use iron-on for the applique. I’ve never tried making the placemats with iron-on interfacing. I don’t know why it wouldn’t work. It would probably change the feel of the placemats. They may be a bit more stiff. Let me know if you give it a go and how it works out.ReplyCancel

  • Stacey Andrade - May 21, 2016 - 12:26 am

    What a great idea! Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersPartyReplyCancel

  • Dana - May 21, 2016 - 9:51 am

    These are a lot of fun! There are some colorful fabrics in my stash that I’ve earmarked for placemats and your post was a reminder to get to it. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - May 23, 2016 - 9:46 pm

      Thanks! I hope you have fun making your placemats!ReplyCancel

  • Florence Salmer - May 21, 2016 - 2:22 pm

    Hi KC! First time here & dropping in from Craft Frenzy Friday…saw your post on there…just wanted to say hi and say how nice the placemats are! So fun and cheery! I love the fabric you chose, and looks like an easy project that even a novice sewer like me could do.
    FlorenceReplyCancel

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