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How To Make Your Own Placemats

14/08/2014 16:31 | Updated 22 May 2015

Handmade Jane loves sewing (she's particularly fond of vintage fabric and patterns). She started her crafts blog in 2010 and has been posting weekly how tos - from Betty Draper's Fifties floral shirt to crotchet tips - ever since. However - Jane's craft expertise isn't only in fashion. Here's her guide to making your own placemats (if that doesn't impress your guests at a dinner party, what will?)

These reversible placemats are super simple to make and a great way to showcase two contrasting fabrics. Quantities given are for a set of four placemats.

YOU WILL NEED:

- 1 yard of quilting weight fabric for the top side of the placemats (I've used Mod Daisy Stripe by Josephine Kimberling)

- 1 yard of co-ordinating fabric for the backing (I've used a yellow polka dot)

- 1 yard of fusible interfacing

- Co-ordinating thread (make sure it complements both fabrics if they're different colours)

METHOD:

1. Cut out the following rectangles:

4 x 19" wide by 13" high from your main fabric

4 x 19" wide by 13" high from your backing fabric

4 x 19" wide by 13" high from your interfacing

If you're using a fabric with a directional print, make sure the print runs crossways i.e. landscape format.

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2. Iron the fusible interfacing onto your main fabric rectangles.

3. For each placemat, pin the main fabric piece to the backing piece, right sides together.

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4. Starting in the middle of one of the shorter sides, sew all the way around each side, stopping about 4" from where you started. I use a ½" seam allowance.

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5. Trim the corners diagonally, then turn each rectangle the right way round through the gap you've just left. Stick the end of a paintbrush or similar into the corners to make sure they're nice and pointy.

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6. Press, making sure the seam allowance in the turning section is pressed under too.

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7. Keeping quite close to the edge (about ¼"), top stitch all the way around the sides of each placemat, including the gap you left for turning.

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8. One final press and you have yourself a set of placemats!

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