I have a special thing for placemats. They can be made by hand, that’s one of their major attractions. And you can customize them to look exactly the way you want them to. You only need some basic sewing skills, some fabric colors, and a bit of imagination.
I have been dreaming about making my own placemats for quite some time, really. Recently I felt I was ready to make them since my sewing skills became a tad-bit better than they used to be.
The ingredients for making these cute placemats are:
- Cotton fabric
- Pom-pom trim, and individual pompom balls
- Fabric paint and markers (I actually used more than one brand, but they all have pretty much the same ironing, and laundering instructions)
- Sewing machine with the ability to sew a straight line
- Flatware to trace around
I started by sewing the hems with the pompoms at one go.
Then I freehanded the word “eat” on a paper with pencil, while keeping in mind I wanted it to look like the vintage American Pop font.
I then traced the word on both placemats after taking measurements and centering it, also with pencil I used a basic image transfer technique using charcoal, for more ideas go here). I used the round lid of some cookie canister to trace the plate shapes. I then got me a real spoon and fork and traced around them (with pencil), that’s how I got the fltawre shapes. Once I was done with the basic outlines, I used a black fabric marker to outline them again, then I painted and sketched flowers and herbs to fill the plates.
The inspiration for making this specific design came from different places, which all have one thing in common: A vintage feel.
Inspiration: Table-setting placemats
I found a few table-setting placemats that I really liked. Here are a few ideas. The one above is so lovely, it has a vintage French feel, while the one below is a bit whimsical, especially that lace was used to create the place-setting utensils and plate shapes. So, if you don’t want to invest in fabric paint, you can simply applique the shapes.
Or you can use your basic embroidery skills to create this beautiful and simple placemat by Yellow Spool.
And of course, you can always upcycle a jean pocket to create a one-of-a-kind placemat.
You can actually use the pocket on its own, like this one below. All you need is cut the jean, then place the flatware inside for a cool table arrangement.
Here is another pocket placemat idea…
And, finally, a cute picnic placemat with multi utinsil pockets.
I hope you enjoyed today’s post. If you have any interesting placemat ideas, or, better still, if you have made your own placemats, please do share your link in the comments section below. Take care for now… K