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Over the weekend my friend, Auntie T, came over for a visit and we had another epic DIY night. In one evening we made homemade fruit leather, mochi and reversible placemats! While we were DIYing upstairs, The Hubs was in the garage working on a vinyl record holder/record table that he’s making for a friend. I had one of those moments where I stopped and thought how awesome it is that we’re such a DIY family and that we are showing our kids what it means to live a handmade, homemade, heart-made life!
Auntie T recently bought a new table for her dining room. She was feeling like their old table was too big and taking up too much room, so they decided to downsize. The problem is, since their table is thinner, the placemats and table runner they previously used don’t fit anymore! We were at the hardware store last week and Auntie T said she wanted to look to see if they had placemats and a table runner in the home decor section. I may have looked at her like she was crazy and said “Don’t do that! Let’s make them!”
So make it we did! Placemats are probably the easiest sewing project you could ever conquer. All you have to be able to do is cut two rectangles of fabric and sew straight lines! This is the perfect beginner sewing project. They also make fantastic DIY handmade gifts. I sewed up 5 of them for Valentine’s Day gifts for my family in less than an hour, and that included taking step by step photos of what you need to do for this post!
Ready? Set your timer and get started with this 10 minute sewing project!
Read on for this easy 10 minute sewing project for how to sew reversible placemats!
Easy 10 Minute Sewing Project- How To Sew Reversible Placemats
-2 pieces of fabric cut into rectangles (you can decide if you want the patterns to be different or the same.)
-Coordinating colored thread
Step 1: Cut your fabric to the size that you would like for your placemats. My fabric was cut to 17.5 inches by 12 inches, but if you would like to make a different size, decide what size you want your finished placemat to be and add 1 inch in length and 1 inch in width to allow for 1/2 inch seam allowances on each side.
Step 2: Lay your fabric, one on top of the other, with the printed sides of the fabric in the center. Pin into place.
Step 3: Sew around all 4 edges of your placemats using a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Make sure to leave a 2 to 3 inch gap where you don’t sew so that you can flip your placemat the right way out.
Step 4: Snip each corner of the placemat so that your corners will lie flatter when you flip your placemat right side out.
Step 5: Flip your placemat the right side out. Make sure to push out all of your corners and your seams. Iron flat making sure to pay close attention to the edges and the opening where you flipped your placemat right side out.
Step 6: Sew along all 4 edges of your placemat with a coordinating colored thread, using a 1/4 inch seam allowance. This will close the hole that was left unsewn and give your placemat a more finished look.
Viola! You are all done! Enjoy your new placemat!
I had so much fun coming up with unique fabric combinations for my family!
For The Hubs- Star Wars and Space Invaders
For Bean- Cats and Dogs
For Turtle- Pirates and Surfing Monkeys
For Auntie T- The Flowers and Deer used in this tutorial
For me- Luau Girls and Mermaids
I hope you loved this 10 minute sewing project!
Tell me… What types of fabric would you use for your placemats and who would you give them to?
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