So last week I gave you a sneak peak into the inspiration behind our new placemats (something with texture and pizzaz). Today I wanted to show you how crazy easy it is to take it from inspiration to reality.
These reversible placemats (business in the front, party in the back) are seriously easy to throw together. Which is especially brilliant since I’ve been having (massive) issues with a few other projects on my sewing pile.
And check out the instant impact they have – even without the zingy colour I plan on adding next week.
So totally give these a go, and then come back next week when I’ll introduce you to bias binding – the best friend you never knew you had!
How to sew reversible placemats
You will need:
- Patterned fabric (for the front side) – how much you need depends on how big and how many you want to make
- Plain fabric (for the back) – how much you need depends on how big and how many you want to make
- Heavy-weight interfacing
- Ruler, thread, pins, sewing machine
1. Start by cutting your interfacing to the size you’d like your final placemat to be. I cut mine to a rectangle 12″ x 16″ or 30 cm x 40 cm.
Now cut out your fabric pieces. You want one patterned piece and one plain piece. Make these the same shape as the interfacing, but add 1 1/4″ or 3 cm to the measurements for seam allowance. I cut mine to 13 1/4″ x 17 1/4″ or 33 cm x 43 cm.
Zigzag all the edges. This is especially important if you’re using a material that loves to fray (mine was fraying like crazy).
2. Put your fabric pieces right sides together, matching up the raw edges as best you can (my edges are never straight!). Pin on three sides, leaving one of the short ends unpinned.
Sew the three pinned sides together – don’t sew that last edge (it’s for your interfacing).
3. Cut the corners off your placemat (without cutting through the seam!) and turn inside out.
Give the whole thing a good press.
4. Slip the interfacing into the hole you left in the placemat. Push the interfacing into the placemat as far as it will go without folding in on itself.
Take the plain fabric and fold it inside the hole,, tucking it in over the interfacing even,y so there’s no wrinkling. Press.
Take the patterned fabric and fold it inside the hole. Check you can’t see any interfacing and everything’s lying nice and flat. Press.
5. Starting with the edge that still has to be sewn (the one that you just tucked the edges) sew a line of top stitching (a straight stitch that’s meant to be seen on the outside) 1/4″ or from the edge of the placemat and all the way around the placemat.
The brlliance of top stitching is that it closes up that hole and gives a nice, neat finish to the whole project.