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