- LeslieBeslie.com combines personal finances, minimalism, and general living experiences in NYC. Learn more
saving money, living life, brooklyn
With the price of fabric, it’s not always cheaper to make your own items but if you can find good fabric on sale, this is a cheap and relatively quick project. Oh and it’s easy! As you can see by my crooked stitches, I’m far from a talented sew-er.
1. Lay out your fabric
2. Figure out what size you want each placemat. Mine are 18×12 which conveniently is the size of this cutting board. You can just cut a rectangle out of newspaper as well.
3. Cut out each rectangle. (Hopefully you’ll have a better sewing space than my make-shift one.)
4. Pin right sides of fabric together, making sure everything is even
5. Stitch with a 1/4″ seam allowance all the way around leaving an opening at the end large enough to fit a few fingers through.
6. Using the opening, turn the fabric inside out.
7. Your fabric will now look like this. Don’t worry, we’ll make it unpoofy in just a minute.
8. Fold the edges of the opening inside and pin so they are secure and even
9. Iron flat (You can iron right over the pins)
10. Topstitch as close to the edge as possible all the way around.
11. Stitch about 1/2″ from the fabric edge (or at the edge of the inside seam) all the way around.
12. Set the table! (Okay, these are a little bit too big for this size table but they are still cute.)
As you can see, I basically used the pillow method to make these. Another method is to skip steps 4-6 and instead just fold the right side edges over to the wrong side, press, then topstitch. This involves more pressing and less sewing. Just do whichever works best for you.