Thursday, November 18, 2010

Easy Reversible Placemats

Well, Thanksgiving is almost here. Are you ready? Most of you are probably way ahead of me. Luckily (and also unfortunately) we won't be hosting a big Thanksgiving dinner at our house year. But I still wanted to put some things together for years to come, and to maybe help you along with your last minute details.

So here we are. A table setting, fit for a feast...a small one at least. My table only seats four people. Hopefully, yours is a little bigger to accommodate all of your guests.

And what good is a Thanksgiving feast without a little color? Looking for an easy fix to spruce up your bland white table linens? Try these super easy reversible placemats. All you need to know is how to sew a straight line. Easy as pie.

You will need:

Two coordinating cotton prints

Sewing machine




To make one placemat, you will need two pieces of fabric. I made 4 placemats, so I started with 8 rectangles; 4 of each print. Each rectangle is 13x19 inches.

Pin front and back pieces of the placemat right sides together. 

Sew around the entire edge of the placemat with a 1/4 inch seam allowance, BUT leave about a 4 inch opening on one side.

Snip each corner. This helps to reduce bulk in the corners when you turn it right side out.

Using the opening, turn the placemat right side out.

Using a pointy object, something like this (or a pen will work too)...poke out all the corners to a point.

Iron the entire placemat flat.
 Tuck in the opening edges and press. 

Pin in place. Topstitch close to the edge around the entire place mat, sewing the opening closed.

Ta da! What did I tell you? Piece of cake! Or pie...

Now you have a double-sided placemat for more than one occasion! Now put it to the test. Add some flowers, candles, pumpkins, whatever you see fit. And look how great your wall art from this post compliments your table!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Now go make something, and enjoy the day!

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