Fiesta Placemats: A Tutorial

Hi friends!

Today I am sharing a tutorial on how to make a set of quick placemats – 6 in fact from 2 yards of fabric. These are fun for a colorful touch to your dining table, special mats for the kids or even as a gift in a hostess basket. I called these “Fiesta Placemats” because they are made with a super festive fabric and with all of the colors used can fit in with almost any party.

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Materials needed:

www.modernhandcraft.com // Fiesta Placemats: A Tutorial

  • 1 yard of festive fabric for the top of the placemat, cut into 6 pieces measuring 13″ x 18″ (fabric used: Timeless Treasures Cantina line, Mexican Blanket)
  • 1 yard of backing fabric, cut into 6 pieces measuring 13″ x 18″ (fabric used: Timeless Treasures Soho Black)
  • 1 yard of Therm O Web Fusible Fleece, cut into 6 pieces measuring 13″ x 18″
  • Sewing Machine & notions (straight pins, coordinating thread, scissors)
  • Iron

Step 1:

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  • Take your 6 top pieces measuring 13″ x 18″ and iron them to your 6 Fusible Fleece pieces – back of fabric to sticky side of fleece.

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  • Lay your 6 backing fabric pieces on top of your front fabric/fleece pieces right sides facing. Pin around perimeter and sew leaving a 4″ – 6″ hole to turn right side out.

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  • Turn right side out, poke out corners with a knitting needle or chopstick and iron. Fold your opening pieces under and iron, this will help when you sew the opening closed.

www.modernhandcraft.com // Fiesta Placemats: A Tutorial

  • Back at your machine, stitch around the perimeter, also stitching the opening closed. I like to use a walking foot from here on out – makes for a nice edge stitch like shown and also helps when you sew across the placemat (keeps the fabric from bunching up).

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  • You now have a nice new placemat, if you do not plan on washing these you can leave as is. If you plan on washing you will need to sew a few lines across the top to secure the fleece to keep it from possibly shifting in the wash.

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  • A few sewn lines across the top do a nice job of keeping everything in place. I hid mine in some of the black lines the fabric offers.

www.modernhandcraft.com // Fiesta Placemats: A Tutorial

That’s it! Wasn’t that easy? You now have a set of 6 placemats for your next fiesta – or Sunday night dinner at home. I love the colors in this fabric – wouldn’t a chair covered in this be crazy?!

www.modernhandcraft.com // Fiesta Placemats: A Tutorial

www.modernhandcraft.com // Fiesta Placemats: A Tutorial

Rolling these up with some fun twine makes for a lovely presentation in a gift basket as well. Perfect for a Mother’s day basket of goodies!

Hope you have enjoyed today’s tutorial and I hope that you will share any finished projects with me that this inspired! I love to chat over on Twitter and on Instagram – come and say hi!

-Nicole

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