Handmade Vintage Fabric Placemats
To make four placemats:
- 4 old-fashioned linen hand towels or dish towels
- an old tablecloth in gingham (optional)
- cotton thread and needle or sewing machine
Cut four oblong pieces, each 13 by 9 inches, from the interfacing, four from the hand towels, and four from the tablecloth.
Align a piece of gingham and linen, correct sides facing each other. Place a piece of interfacing on the back of the linen. Pin together.
Sew the three fabrics together with a seam of 1/2-inch around the edges. Leave a gap along one side to turn the fabric the right way round.
Turn the placemat inside out so the interfacing is hidden inside. Sew up the gap in the fabric. Repeat the process with the other placemats.
To make name cards, cut 1/2 by 2 1/2-inch strips of vintage fabric with pinking shears. Tie the strips in bows or simple knots. Tear a 4 by 3-inch square of recycled cardboard, score and fold it. Glue the bow in the corner, write on name and place by a setting.