{Picnic-Style Place Mats}

Last week I attended the SNAP! conference in Thanksgiving Point, Utah.  I’m so excited to share my experience with all of you over the next few weeks.  Until then, I wanted to share my final project from my Online Fabric Store purchase,

Picnic-Style Place Mats

Picnic Style Place Mats @ Wait Til Your Father Gets Home Makes a great gift for an upcoming wedding or simply toss them in your own picnic baskets for cuteness-on-the-go! #placemats #picnic #chevron #sewing

To make your own set of four, you’ll need:

1 yard of fabric {I used two patterns, so I went through 1/2 yard of each}

coordinating thread

scissors or rotary cutter

sewing machine

Picnic Style Place Mats @ Wait Til Your Father Gets Home Makes a great gift for an upcoming wedding or simply toss them in your own picnic baskets for cuteness-on-the-go! #placemats #picnic #chevron #sewing

You’ll want to make the following cuts for each place mat:

2 pieces– 20 x 15″

1 piece {napkin pocket}– 6 x 4″

1 piece {utensil holder}– 2 x 4″

The first thing I did for each place mat, was to sew the actual place mat together.  You’ll want to sew with a 1/4 inch seam allowance, right sides facing each other.  Leave a small opening to turn the fabric right-side out, and finish off with a top stitch of 1/4 inch.

Next I prepared the utensil holders {please excuse the gross ironing board cover}.

Picnic Style Place Mats @ Wait Til Your Father Gets Home Makes a great gift for an upcoming wedding or simply toss them in your own picnic baskets for cuteness-on-the-go! #placemats #picnic #chevron #sewing

Fold the utensil holder piece in half, length-wise and iron a nice crease. Next, unfold the crease you just made and fold the bottom portion up to the crease line.  Iron it.  Do the same for the top; fold it down to the center crease and iron that.  Finally fold the entire piece in half again and iron it with the best possible crease you can achieve.

It will look like this from the side…

Picnic Style Place Mats @ Wait Til Your Father Gets Home Makes a great gift for an upcoming wedding or simply toss them in your own picnic baskets for cuteness-on-the-go! #placemats #picnic #chevron #sewing

Now, to prepare the napkin pocket, fold a double 1/4 inch hem along one of the short sides {this will be the top of your pocket}.  Iron it, creating a good crease.

Picnic Style Place Mats @ Wait Til Your Father Gets Home Makes a great gift for an upcoming wedding or simply toss them in your own picnic baskets for cuteness-on-the-go! #placemats #picnic #chevron #sewing

Now, sew along the two long sides of the utensil holder and along the top hem of the napkin pocket.

Picnic Style Place Mats @ Wait Til Your Father Gets Home Makes a great gift for an upcoming wedding or simply toss them in your own picnic baskets for cuteness-on-the-go! #placemats #picnic #chevron #sewing

Attach the utensil holder to either side of the napkin pocket by sewing it in place.  You’ll then need to get out the iron again and fold 1/4 inch hem on the remaining three sides of the napkin pocket.

Picnic Style Place Mats @ Wait Til Your Father Gets Home Makes a great gift for an upcoming wedding or simply toss them in your own picnic baskets for cuteness-on-the-go! #placemats #picnic #chevron #sewing

Again, the iron is your friend in this project.  Make sure to get the best possible crease you can!  It will only make the sewing part go much smoother!

Now, to attach the pocket to the place mat, pin it in place on the lower right corner, 1 inch from the side and the bottom hems.

I did not sew through the utensil holder piece as it was pretty thick in that part and my sewing machine tends to be kinda wimpy when there is more than two layers involved.

Picnic Style Place Mats @ Wait Til Your Father Gets Home Makes a great gift for an upcoming wedding or simply toss them in your own picnic baskets for cuteness-on-the-go! #placemats #picnic #chevron #sewing

I absolutely adore these place mats and think the set of four paired with the cloth napkins would make sure a cute wedding shower gift.  You could roll them up and add them to a cute picnic basket with yummy food and a bottle of wine!

Picnic Style Place Mats @ Wait Til Your Father Gets Home Makes a great gift for an upcoming wedding or simply toss them in your own picnic baskets for cuteness-on-the-go! #placemats #picnic #chevron #sewing

Picnic Style Place Mats @ Wait Til Your Father Gets Home Makes a great gift for an upcoming wedding or simply toss them in your own picnic baskets for cuteness-on-the-go! #placemats #picnic #chevron #sewing

For a full tutorial on how to make the Cloth Napkins, click here.

Cloth Napkins @ WTYFGH

Nothing says Spring quite like an afternoon picnic, don’t you think?!

To read more about my experience with Online Fabric Store, click here.

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Comments

  1. says

    Hi Meredith,
    These are adorable, I love the little pockets you added. And I LOVE your fabric choices, I have all those same fabrics waiting to be sewn into cushions right now – I even used that Suzani to make no-sew curtains to cover my washer/dryer. Your table looks so springy and cheerful … and they would be perfect for picnicking! Thanks for sharing this super fun tutorial.
    Krista

  2. says

    Thanks so much for linking to Make the Scene Monday @ Alderberry Hill. You are being featured this evening!
    I hope you are having a wonderful weekend, and join me tomorrow evening for Make the Scene Monday #72!

  3. says

    These are just so delightful, Meredith! I adore the patterns you picked out. We are in the process of remodeling our kitchen so I’m hoping to do all custom linens for when it’s finished and this project just got added to the list :) Thanks for sharing!!

  4. says

    You did a great job with these, they are so perfectly done! I can never seem to get all my edges perfectly straight when I try to make place mats/ napkins. These are beautiful! Love the fabrics, too!

  5. says

    Love, love, love these. Did you use Home Dec fabric or regular fabric? I’ve never made place mats, and I’ve wondered about this because of cleaning/washing. Some home dec fabrics don’t let you toss them in the wash.

  6. says

    I absolutely love them! I ALWAYS have placemats on my table at all times so I will definitely be making these soon! I have lots of home decor fabric in my stash but I’m not sure if any is washable. I may have to buy some more just to make sure. :)

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