Easy cotton placemats

16 Jul

Three years ago I bought some nice felt placemats on sale from John Lewis, and they have served me well – but aren’t the easiest to clean and do easily get grubby.

So I decided to make my own that can go in the washing machine. I got this cotton fabric from Goldhawk Road in London and I think I paid about £5/yard. Originally I was planning to make quilted placemats with this fabric as the backing, but on my tester one I struggled to find a mix of the chosen fabrics that didn’t look tacky, and realised the backing fabric was all I really wanted. Thankfully I had enough to make a set of four – I planned eight but I rarely have that many guests! I can always make 4 more in another colour sometime.


I used pieces of fabric 10*13 inches, and sewed with 0.5 inch seams. I also added a layer of lightweight fusible wadding (vilene h630). I then sewed two borders around the outside. I am really pleased with them AND they are machine washable!!
It’s nice to get some “functional” sewing done sometimes, it’s rewarding and makes my home prettier! :-)

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2 Responses to “Easy cotton placemats”

  1. rosiehouse 01/11/2018 at 21:16 #

    I’ve been thinking about dyeing my own shibori fabric to then make a custom set likes these. So many projects, so little time.

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