Here is a simple tutorial on how to make your own placemats without the need for a sewing machine! Simple, fast and with a great pay off, if you've ever folded an envelope closed, you'll breeze through this fun DIY!
Step 1: Gather Supplies
- Fusible bonding web. I used 5/8 inch thick, but any width under an inch will do. Make sure its machine washable.
- an Iron (+ ironing board)
- Scissors or rotary cutter
- fabric. I suggest 100% cotton for easy cleaning. For 4 placemats, 1.5 yards should be plenty.
Step 2: Prewash & Dry
If you skip this step, your fabric may shrink after you wash it for the first time (and wash it, you will! placemats are prone to spills and messes. Goes with the territory!)
I also put it in the dryer after, to make sure all that shrinkage is handled.
Step 3: Measure and Cut
From there, I decided I wanted my final placemat dimensions to be 18 inches X 24 inches. This is a standard placemat size. I gave myself a one inch margin all the way around which will be folded in and ironed. So I cut my fabric 20 inches X 26 inches
Step 4: Fold Over and Iron
Step 5: Fold Over Again and Iron in Bonding Web
Insert your bonding web in between the two folds of the margin. Fold over and iron down. Its best not to have your iron roam around, you would rather place it over the bonding web area for 5 seconds or so, then move it to the next section. This ensures that enough heat is getting to the bonding web, so it can do its thing.
Your completed side should show no raw ends of fabric.
Step 6: Finishing Corners
Fold over the two sides where it meets in the corner. Carefully cut away a small snippet of fabric as shown. Fold that end into where a 45' angle would be (just eyeballing this should suffice)
Cut out a small triangular piece of bonding, and put into that most recent fold. Iron down. Complete the 3 other corners in the same way.
ta da!! You're done!
Step 7: Bonus! No-sew Napkin
You're ready for some fancy (and stylish) dining!