Setting a beautiful table is always a pleasure. Whether is for an intimate dinner or a big occasion, decorating the table is part of the celebration.
Nothing is easier than using placemats to add a touch of color to your table.
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These reversible placemats are very easy to sew and their half-circular shape allows you to use them in different ways to create a pretty and colorful table.
I choose a cotton and polyester gingham fabric which is easy to sew and to wash, perfect for making placemats.
As soon as get my new fabric I start sewing these reversible table mats. It’s a fun an easy sewing project to make!
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How to sew placemats?
You will need a few simple supplies to sew these half-circle placemats
- Fabric ( like these ones)
- Fusible interfacing
- Matching thread
- the free placemat pattern
- Sewing machine
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You can make these placements with different kind of fabric, like cotton or linens.
If the fabric is thick enough you can use it as is. If you choose a thinner fabric (like I did) I suggest you place interfacing on the back. I give you all the details in the tutorial below.
To sew one placemat you will need a piece of fabric of 30 in. by 25 in. (60x 75cm) and the same for the interfacing if your fabric is thin.
First download and print the placemat pattern. It comes in 4 sheets. Cut along the dotted lines and tape together.
Place the half-circle placemat pattern on the fabric and report the shape.
Cut adding a seam allowance of 1/2 in. (1 cm)
Place a piece of interfacing fabric on the back of the fabric shape an iron to stick both fabric together.
The interfacing fabric has a side with glue (the slightly shining side) be sure that’s the side you place against the fabric back when ironing.
Report the half-circle on the second piece of fabric. Cut adding a seam allowance of 1/2 in. (1cm), then iron interfacing on the shape back.
The fun part about this project is that the placemats are reversible, so have fun playing with different color of fabric on each placemat side.
Place two half-circle shape o top of each others, wrong sides out. Pin along the edges and sew.
Leave and unsewn opening f 8 in. (20 cm) in the middle of the straight edge.
Remove the pins, Make notches all along the curved side, and trim the extra fabric in both corners.
If you have any doubt about how to sew the placemat, don’t hesitate to watch the video tutorial.
Turn the placemat right side out and iron. Fold inward the two sides of the opening and pin.
Make on a seam at 1/4 in. (5 mm) from the edge all along the shape to close the opening and hold the placemat flat.
And done! Make as mat reversible placemat as you like an have enjoy setting a pretty table.
Watch the video tutorial to Sew reversible Placemats
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The half-circle shape if fun to use and allow different table configuration.
I sewed 6 placemats, however, sometimes we are more than 6 at the table so you can use these placemats as table runners too. I show you some ideas below.
As you will see I had fun trying different table settings
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I really like the combination of the gingham fabrics colors. By adding a few fresh flowers, it’s very nice and easy way to set a spring or summer table.
As I said, you can play with the half-circle shapes and the different colors to create different table settings. You can also use the placemats as a colorful table runner. I show you some ideas below.
Did you like this sewing tutorial? In what colors would you like to make your reversible placemats? Let me know in the comments.
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