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.
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)
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.
To allow for the seams, place your applique at 1.5″ from the left hand side and the bottom.
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.
Pin your layers together and sew using a .5″ seam allowance. Leave a 4″ opening in the bottom center of the placemat.
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.
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!
Now we just need to set the table for dinner.
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.
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?