Hello everyone! This week’s tutorial is a Double Sided Placemat which is another easy project for those learning to sew! Placemats are such a practical item to sew and are fabulous to make for different seasons such as Thanksgiving and Christmas.
I talk a bit about pinning in the YouTube video for this tutorial, when learning to sew I think it’s important to pin how and as much as you want while learning what works best for you.
In my video I suggest cutting your fabric to 19″ x 14″, this is the size I like, but the beauty of making things yourself is that you can make them whatever size you like – you might want to make yours smaller or bigger.
I recommend using 100% quilting cotton for this project because it is a structured fabric that is easy to cut and sew, and won’t misbehave like other fabrics can – making it the perfect beginner-friendly fabric.
TO MAKE TWO PLACEMATS YOU WILL NEED:
- ½ yard of fabric for one side
- ½ yard of fabric for the other side
- Rotary Cutter, Ruler & Mat
- Point turner (optional)
- Sewing scissors
- Sewing machine
- Iron & Ironing Board/Mat
You can find out more about which tools I recommend over here.
Please watch my video for full instructions on how to make Double-Sided Placemats.
INSTRUCTIONS TO MAKE DOUBLE SIDED PLACEMATS
Cut two coordinating fabrics to 19″ x 14”.
Face the right sides of the fabric together.
Mark your opening with two pins approximately 5″ wide.
With a ⅜” seam allowance sew from the beginning of your opening, around to the end of your opening.
Trim the excess fabric off the corners.
Turn right side out. Use a blunt item (I use a Point Turner) to push your corners out.
Press, ensuring your opening is sitting correctly.
Pin your opening.
Sew along the entire edge, backstitching at the beginning and end.
Trim your loose threads.
NEXT WEEK’S PROJECT
Next week we will be making a pillowcase using the burrito method. We will also be doing French seams, which I love because it means no raw seams are showing.
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