If you’ve ever planned a dinner party or hosted Thanksgiving, you know the to-do list leading up to the big event can sometimes feel never ending. A handmade touch to any dinner party is a must and when time is of the essence, an easy DIY project is key. Luckily, Brittany Lloyd of Lo & Behold Stitchery is stopping by the blog to share one of her easy placemat tutorials– make a complete set in under an hour! Keep reading to see how easy it really is.

Fool-Proof DIY Placemats for the Holidays
Geometrical Acorns by caja_design

Fool-Proof DIY Placemats for the Holidays | Spoonflower Blog

Easy DIY placemat materials | Spoonflower Blog

Materials List for 2 Placemats

  • 4- 18.5” x 12.5”” pieces of fabric – I’m using Geometrical Acorns by caja_design, printed on Organic Cotton Sateen Ultra
  • 2- 18.5” x 12.5”” pieces cotton batting
  • Sewing machine
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Ruler
  • Scissors or rotary cutter
  • Thread
  • Pins
  • Temporary marker (optional)

*To make a complete set of 4 placemats, double your materials. 

Pro tip: The Fill-a-Project™ 1 yard Cheater Quilt template is a great way to order all of your designs on one yard! 

Ready to get started?

Step 1. Cut fabric and batting.

First, cut four 18.5” x 12.5” pieces of fabric and two 18.5” x 12.5” pieces of batting.

Layer your placemat | Spoonflower Blog

Step 2. Align edges.

Place one piece of fabric, right side up on top of one piece of batting. Align all edges. You may stitch these two layers to have a quilted final look, or proceed to the next step without quilting. 

Layer your placemat | Spoonflower Blog

Step. 3. Align edges and pin.

Next, place second piece of fabric, right side down on top of the first piece of fabric and batting. Align all edges and pin in place.

Stitch your placemat layers | Spoonflower Blog

Leave a 4" opening when stitching your placemat | Spoonflower Blog

Step 4. Sew seam around edges.

Sew a  1/4” seam around the edges of your placemat, making sure to leave about 4″ open between the beginning and end of the seam.

Trim the corners of the placemat | Spoonflower Blog

Step 5. Trim corners.

Trim the corners, being careful not to cut into your stitches.

Flip your placemat right side out | Spoonflower Blog

Step 6. Pull and push.

Pull the fabric through opening and push the corners out. 

Press the placemat | Spoonflower Blog

Step 7. Iron edges.

Iron your edges flat.

Topstitch your placemat | Spoonflower Blog

Step 8. Sew perimeter seam.

Starting right above your opening, sew a 1/8” seam around the perimeter of the placemat. Voila! You’ve got an easy-as-pie placemat for your next celebration. Ready for another serving? Don’t miss Brittany’s quilted placemat tutorial!

Quilted DIY Placemat | Spoonflower Blog

Quilted placemat | Spoonflower Blog
Dinner is served! See Brittany’s second quilted placemat tutorial will inspire you!

Brittany Lloyd is the quilter behind Lo & Behold Stitchery. She is a North Carolina native who specializes in creating heirloom quilts that will be loved for generations to come. Inspired by the beautiful quilting of her late grandmother, Brittany pays close attention to detail while adding a fun and modern spin to her work.  See more of Brittany’s creations over on her Instagram feed!