Handmade Vintage Fabric Placemats

Create a festive look at your table with fabric placemats. They are designed to be reversible: use one side year-round and save the other side for special occasions and celebrations.

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Vintage Reversible PlacematsEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

To make four placemats:

Materials Needed:

  • 4 old-fashioned linen hand towels or dish towels
  • an old tablecloth in gingham (optional)
  • scissors
  • pins
  • cotton thread and needle or sewing machine
  • interfacing

Step 1

Cut four oblong pieces, each 13 by 9 inches, from the interfacing, four from the hand towels, and four from the tablecloth.

Fabric Materials for a Reversible PlacematEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Step 2

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.

Stack Fabrics and Pin TogetherEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Step 3

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.

Sewing Three Fabrics Layers at the EdgeEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited
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Excerpted from A Greener Christmas

© Dorling Kindersley Limited 2008

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