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Placemats

This was a really fun summer project and gift idea! I made them for my mom and my mother-in-law. If you can sew a straight stitch in a relatively straight line, you can do this project.

I found 2 indoor/outdoor decor fabrics that coordinated well and I was off running. I bought 1 metre of each bolt.

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I washed the fabric and laid it out flat.

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I used an existing placemat as a template to find a good size for the first piece. I left a seam allowance around the edges as I cut. After I had the first cut, I used it to measure out the rest of the cuts.

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Place right sides together and match up the edges.

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Pin the pieces together right sides in.

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Sew a straight stitch around the perimeter and leave about 4-6 inches unstitched so you can turn the placemat right side out.

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I like to cut the excess fabric off the corners so you can get a crisp 90 degree edge when you turn it right side out again.

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Turn it right side out.

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Try to wiggle the seams out flat so the edges are nice and straight.

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Iron the edges so that the seams will stay flat and it will be much easier to sew again.

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Stitch one more time around the perimeter. This time you can go over the spot you left open the first time and the placemat will be finished.

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I ironed it one last time.

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Now you have the finished project! I made 6 of each pattern and they’re all double sided.

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