Friday, January 20, 2017

Reversible Placemats - Tutorial

For a fun and easy project this one could be easier... or more practical.  If you happen to be in need of a set of placemats, that is.

Last fall I made a set to give as a Christmas gift and because the recipients of said gift follow my blog very closely I had to wait to share this project with you until after the holidays.  Even though Christmas is over you can still make these for a gift for this year.  Or you could just make them for yourself.

You will need:

1/2 yard of fabric - one color
1/2 yard of fabric - another color
1 yard of interfacing
Spool of coordinating thread
Pattern (homemade, of course) - 12 1/2" X 18 1/2"

I used my current set of placemats to make my pattern.  In fact, I just used one as my pattern.  And because I think my set of placemats is quite large I didn't add extra for the seam allowance.  I just pinned it right to my fabric.  A couple sheets of copy paper taped together would work to make a pattern with or a sheet of newspaper.  Or, if you are really good at cutting use a matte and cutter.

Cut out two rectangles from each piece of fabric and two rectangles from the interfacing.  With right sides together lay one piece of interfacing on top.  Pin at each corner and in the center of each edge to hold in place.

Stitch along the edge a 1/4" seam allowance leaving a 3 inch opening for turning.  Clip the corners and turn right side out.  Press.

Top stitch the edge of each placemat closing the opening in the process.

I also made a set of napkins in the same coordinating fabrics to go with.  I've covered cloth napkins before.  If you need a tutorial click here.

That's it!  Pretty easy, huh?


  1. Placemats are among my favorite things to make for gifts. I usually use batting in the middle and quilt it a bit, but interfacing is a good alternative!

  2. I love the reversible mats with the matching napkins! What a great gift idea. I might have to copy it next year.

  3. Very pretty! Parchment paper is great for making homemade patterns. I happen to have a mini stockpile of it on hand, so I turn to that.

    1. That's a great idea. I imagine they hold up better than say tissue.


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