Super Fast Placemat Tutorial

Projects that are quick, easy and functional are by far my favorite. Since this matches all three criteria, I want to show you the process! These make a great gift for any occasion or holiday. For 6 placemats, you’ll only need two 1-yard cuts of fabric; one for the front of the placemat and one for the back. You can also choose to make these reversible! Ready to make your own? Here’s how!Super fast placemats - great tutorial!

  1. Grab your supplies:
    • Paper or cardboard to make your template
    • Pen or pencil
    • 2 1-yard cuts of fabric
    • Scissors
    • Pins
    • Sewing machine
  2. Pre-wash and iron your fabric. I used Robert Allen @ Home Kiki Pinata, a medium weight fabric for the front and a lightweight cotton for the back.
  3. Choose the finished size of your placemats. I made 6 for an average sized table and wanted to keep the scale on the compact end of the size range, so I chose to make mine 17″ x 12″.
  4. Cut your pieces to allow a 1/4″ seam, so cut at 17.5″ x 12.5″. I made a template out of cardboard first, then trimmed to the exact size using a rotary cutter and mat. If you’d like yours slightly larger, consider a finished size of 19″ x 14″.
  5. cut-fabricPin the fronts of the fabrics together and mark off a three inch space.
  6. pin-fabricSew with a 1/4″ seam all the way around the placemat, except the three inch space.
  7. sew-two-piecesTrim the excess material at each corner, then turn the placemats right-side out and iron.
  8. trim-cornersSew the top of the placemats with 1/4″ seam all the way around the perimeter. This will close the opening you’d left for turning it right-side-out.


Done! Now wasn’t that simple? Go make a few sets because there are birthdays, housewarmings, anniversaries, holidays and bridal showers on your calendar!

Pin this project so that you can find it easily later!Super Fast Placemat Sewing Tutorial - these make such great gifts!


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