How to Sew a Place Mat: Easy Home Project


We fell in love with bright yellow lemons on navy blue so much that we made two beautiful home decor projects in this color scheme – this lovely organizer basket and this cute pillowcase. In today’s blog, we will show you how to sew a decorative table mat. We thought it would look nice on your nightstand, desk, or any other piece of furniture you would like to decorate. We will use the same navy blue outdoor fabric we used for the other two projects and decorate it with adorable little lemons. On top of that, we will make it reversible, so we will mix and match colors. Let’s begin!

What You Will Need:

  1. Cotton fabric in two colors to make a reversible mat.

  2. Lace, patches, embellishments of your choice.

  3. Matching thread, scissor, measuring tape, ruler (90-degree angle)

  4. Sewing machine.

Step 1: Build Your Pattern

This project has an easy pattern, so we are going to build it right on the fabric. If you would like to make multiple mats, you can build your pattern on paper or cardboard and use it multiple times. We decided to make a square mat, so we will build an 18’’ x 18’’ square. You can make it rectangular if you wish, and you can choose any size. Just remember to use ½’’ on each side for seam allowance.

When you build your pattern, use the 90-degree angle ruler to check all angles. This way you will make sure that your angles are straight, and you build the right shape.

Step 2: Cut Out Your Fabric

Since we need two pieces for our reversible mat, we will place our blue fabric with a built pattern on top of the yellow fabric. Carefully pin the two layers so they don’t move when you cut out the shape. Take your scissors and cut out your project following the pattern lines. When you cut, your scissors should touch the surface – don’t try to cut in the air.

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Step 3: Time to Decorate

If you decided to add something extra to your lovely placemat, now is the time to do it.

  1. Choose your lace, beads or embroidery style (or any other type of embellishment that you like) and select that piece of the mat that you wish to decorate.

  2. Embellishment goes before you assemble the mat. So, if you want to stitch on some patches, you need to add them first and then you can stitch the two pieces of your mat together.

  3. If you have some fabric patches like our lemons, you can use a zigzag stitch to sew them on.