How to Sew Reversible Placemats
This easy placemat tutorial will show you step-by-step how to sew reversible placemats. Make placemats today for your holiday table, or as a special DIY gift!
Thanks to Waverly Inspirations at Walmart for sponsoring this post. The favorable opinions of the incredibly cute fabrics, ribbons, and paint are 100% my own. Post contains affiliate links.
Each month Waverly Inspirations at Walmart sends me a surprise box of fabric, ribbon, and paints and challenges me to create something inspiring with their products. This month’s theme was “Thanksgiving Tablescape”. I knew immediately that the red and gold fabrics would make lovely reversible placemats and thought I’d share with you how to make a set of your own. If you’re new to sewing, this is a fantastic beginner’s tutorial. If you can cut a straight(ish) line with a pair of scissors and sew in a straight line, then you have the complete skillset needed to create your own custom placemats! Let’s get to it!
To make a reversible placemat you will need two coordinating fabrics. For a set of 8 placemats, you will need 2 yards of fabric in each pattern, for a total of 4 yards of fabric. (One yard of fabric in each fabric will make 4 placemats.)
- Waverly Inspirations Fabric from Walmart
- Scissors and measuring tape
- Sewing machine
Step 1: For best results, launder and iron your fabrics before cutting.
Step 2: Measure and mark a 15″ wide x 19″ long rectangle on each fabric and cut out the rectangles. You will need two rectangles of contrasting fabric for each placemat.
Step 3: Place the pretty sides (or right sides) of the fabric together and pin in place.
Step 4: Sew a straight line 1/2″ away from your raw edges, removing pins as you go.
Step 5: Leave a 4″ opening at the bottom of your placemat so that you are able to turn it right side out.
Step 6: Trim the corners of your fabric and then turn your placemat right side out.
Step 7: Iron your placemat flat pressing hard on the seams and corners. Iron with spray starch to create a firmer placemat.
Step 8: Sew a topstitch over your 4″ opening and you are done! You can also run the top stitch all the way around the perimeter of each placemat for a polished look.
Congrats! You are done!
That is seriously all there is to it. Did you know it was this easy to create reversible placemats?
To style my Thanksgiving table, I used four of my unstarched placemats as cloth napkins placed in twig napkin rings. I love how the placemats-turned-napkins show off both fabrics.
Don’t tell my mom, but these placemats are her birthday present this year! She doesn’t read my blog so the secret is safe between us. 😉 My mom decorates her home in reds and golds and has a November birthday. These placemats will make the perfect gift when I see her over Thanksgiving break!
To create the cute placecards, I used the Waverly Inspirations Ribbon and a piece of cardstock. I love how the coordinating ribbon complements the fabrics!
And here are just a few more pictures of my Thanksgiving tablescape for you to enjoy!
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