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Placemats. Those fancy textiles hidden somewhere between table cloths, stemware, and dinner plates. But as far entertaining goes, placemats really help set the venue and mood for a great meal time experience!

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!
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Step 1: Gather Supplies

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For this project you will need

- 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
- ruler
- fabric. I suggest 100% cotton for easy cleaning. For 4 placemats, 1.5 yards should be plenty.

Step 2: Prewash & dry

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If you'll be using 100% cotton, or know how your fabric will respond to being in the washing machine, toss it in there for a full cycle. I did this so the fabric would preshrink and my final product would be the exact size I needed it to be.

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

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After the fabric is done with the dryer, iron out all wrinkles and creases. This will make measuring and cutting a breeze!

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

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Now turn the fabric over so you're looking at the back side. Fold over that 1" margin and iron down the crease. Do this for all 4 sides. You will want a very obvious crease, so you may need to go over it with your iron a few times.

this is great. the only thing i would do differently is add a sturdy backing!

Lindie1 year ago