Thursday, April 22, 2010

DIY: Picnic Placemat

I had so much fun making picnic placemats for my friend's birthday. I couldn't find a pattern in any of my sewing books, so I decided to wing it. The process was very simple (even though I was going to initially make eight of them and decided to make two...).

First, I cut two pieces of fabric for each component:

  • 2 pieces of 16" x 22" for for the placemats (canvass material from IKEA)
  • 2 pieces of 6" x 6" for the napkin/knife pocket
  • 2 pieces of 4.5" x 6" for the fork/spoon pocket
  • 2 pieces for the napkin
I followed the same steps for sewing everything:
  1. Put right-side of fabric to right-side and sew almost around the entire area.
  2. Clip the corners in a diagonal to make the corners more crisp when you flip it.
  3. Flip everything right-side out.
  4. Iron.
  5. Fold the remaining hole in place and iron.
  6. Sew around the top of the fabric to close up the hole and produce a nice finish.
First I did the place mat pieces (and I put two pieces of ribbon inside the two pieces of fabric before I sewed it shut to create the ties).

Next I cut a piece of quilt batting to size and fit it inside each placemat.

I sewed everything shut.

Then I sewed on each of the pockets, which helped to quilt the fabric and batting into place. I sewed a line down the center of each pocket to make a divider for the cutlery and napkin.

Finally, I made the napkin following the same steps above.

The process was fairly painless. I do wish I would have picked a better ribbon. The little flowers on mine make it hard to tie it smoothly.

I've also seen something similar done with sushi mats, which is a cute option, too!

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Carla Michelle said...

these are so clever!..i might actually try and copy this..hope you won't mind :)

Sara E. Cotner said...

Please, copy away! That's the reason I put it out there! (Plus, I'm sure this already exists. I just couldn't find anything before I started my project.)

LauraC said...

I love this! I will be making these!

katie joe said...

these are great! I just turned some of my old placemats into throw pillows and am now in need of a new placemats. I'll have to try this! also, the chicken in the picture cracks me up. so cute.

Gretta Hewson said...

These are adorable! Thanks so much for the tutorial… I can’t wait to make some myself for our new camper.

Gretta Hewson
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Zia Joaquin said...

This is a great tutorial! I need to make these for our outdoor table.

Thanks a lot for sharing.

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