No Sew Placemats

Dana Hinders
Make unique placemats to add a special touch to your table.

No sew placemats provide a stress-free way to dress up your table. Even if you can't sew a stitch, you can make beautiful and unique table decorations to suit almost any occasion. In no time at all, you can have an assortment of placemats ready to mix and match on your dining room table.

Simple No Sew Placemats

These simple no sew placemats can be customized to fit almost any style of home décor. Make them for yourself or as a gift for someone special!

Supplies:

  • Purchased placemat to use as shape template
  • Fabric of your choice
  • Buttons, ribbon, and decorative trim
  • Fabric paint
  • Iron on fusible interfacing
  • Stick pins
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue

Instructions:

  1. Place your fabric and your placemat pattern side by side, with the right sides facing each other.
  2. Cut out the fabric, adding an extra inch on each side of the placemat. You should cut two pieces for each placemat you wish to make. They can be the same fabric or two coordinating prints if you wish to design a reversible placemat.
  3. Add fusible interfacing to make your placemat more durable. When ironing the fusing, keep the abrasive, shiny side down next to the wrong side of the placemat fabric.
  4. Pin the three layers of your placemat (the front, the back, and the fusible interfacing) together.
  5. Open the fabric and add a small line of hot glue all around the edges. Leave a small space at one edge to allow you to turn the placemat right side out.
  6. Remove the pins and turn the placemat right side out.
  7. Add buttons and decorative trim.
  8. Embellish with fabric paint for the perfect finishing touch!

Stamped Pillowcase Placemats

If you have old pillowcases sitting in your closet, don't throw them away. Recycle them by creating unique no sew placemats!

Supplies:

  • Old pillowcase
  • Pinking shears
  • Fabric paint
  • Fall leaves

Instructions:

  1. Use the pinking shears to cut your pillowcase into four equal sections measuring approximately 12x18 inches.
  2. Apply fabric paint to leaves.
  3. Gently press leaves onto the pillowcase to create a stamped design.

Painted Canvas Placemats

This project provides a great opportunity to test your skills as an artist!

Supplies:

  • Approximately on yard of pre-primed canvas
  • Acrylic paints in assorted colors
  • Polyurethane
  • Painter's tape
  • Paint brush
  • Pencil
  • No sew fabric glue

Instructions:

  1. Cut your canvas to the desired placemat size.
  2. Fold in edges approximately one inch around the border of the placemat.
  3. Apply fabric glue to the edges of the placemat.
  4. Use acrylic paints to decorate the placemat as desired. Make a random splatter pattern, write a fun saying, or draw simple geometric shapes. If you're not comfortable with your painting skills, practice on a sheet of poster board before painting your placemat.
  5. When the paint is dry, apply a coat of polyurethane to seal and protect your project.

Collaged Paper Placemats

Collaged paper placemats are a fun project that kids love to help with.

Supplies:

  • Poster board
  • Scissors
  • Stickers
  • Scraps of old gift wrap or patterned scrapbook paper
  • Copies of family photos
  • Markers or crayons
  • Glue

Instructions:

  1. Cut poster board to the size of your placemat.
  2. Decide on a theme for your placemat. You can make placemats for Christmas, Halloween, Thanksgiving, etc. Another great idea is to make a placemat featuring family photos.
  3. Use stickers, decorative paper, markers, crayons, and copies of old photos to create a collage on your poster board. For best results, determine the placement of all items before you start to glue things down.
  4. Take your finished placemat to your local copy shop to have it laminated. Once it's laminated, spills can simply be wiped off with a damp cloth.
No Sew Placemats