I have a lot to be thankful for this year! We moved into a bigger house with more room for homeschooling and sewing, but more importantly both of my siblings will be coming back home for the first Thankgiving in several years. I’m so excited! My husband and I are lucky enough to still be living near our parents and his sister also lives nearby, so it’s only my brother and sister who have moved away and we don’t get to see as often.
I bought fall placemats when we got married 10 years ago and they served us well, right up until I let Sweet Pea play with slime on the table while I was finishing up her Halloween costume. I assumed she would move the placemats out of the way, but oh well… It was time for something new anyway and I really wanted to make some new placemats. General all-season placemats were one of my first sewing projects and you can definitely tell that I was less experienced. It’s time to try again!
These reversible placemats are super cute and easy! Unforunately I waited too long (aka after Halloween) and there wasn’t quite as much of a selection of fall fabrics left. Gotta make room for even more Christmas fabric…
1yd of Fabric A and 1yd of Fabric B will make 4 placemats, so buy accordingly. We’ll have 7 people at dinner so I bought 2yds. You will also need 1yd* of heavyweight fusible fleece for every 4 placemats. (*Well the heavyweight fleece I bought was 45″ wide like my quilting cotton. Light/mid-weight fleece is generally 18-20″ wide so you would need a lot more length in that case.)
Cut Fabric A, Fabric B, and fusible fleece into 14″x19″ rectangles and iron the fleece onto the wrong side of one of the fabrics. Place Fabric A and B wrong sides together and pin in place. Sew 1/2″ seam allowance all the way around the rectangle, leaving a 3″ opening to turn and making sure you have crisp corner turns.
Clip the corners, turn right side out, and press. Then top-stitch 1/8″ away from the edge and voila! You have a placemat.
If you have one, it’s definitely worth using an edging foot on your machine to get a really nice finish. Of course, finish sewing them all together before you change to foot to topstitch all of them. Otherwise you’d be changing the feet a dozen+ times and who wants to do that??
I made mitered corner napkins using this tutorial. I’m not quite sure about the fabric content of these napkins. I inhertied this linen-look from my grandma’s stash after she passed away (which adds another special element to our family holiday).
I put everything out on the table, but still felt like something was missing. Napkin rings! Luckily they’re also pretty easy to make and don’t take up much fabric at all. You just need scraps from the placemats and fusible fleece.
Cut 2.5″x7″ pieces from the fabric and 1.25″x6″ pieces from the fusible fleece, then iron it onto the back of the fleece.
Fold it in half and sew down the side. Turn it right side out and press. Then fold one raw edge under, tuck the other raw edge inside, and sew in place.
leaf leave it plain or you can add embellishments to hide the seam. Print, trace, or draw some leaves. Then use them to trace and cut felt leaves (I used the leaves from this site). Use about a foot or so of embroidery floss to add veins to each leaf.
Use some more embroidery floss to attach the leaf to the napkin ring over the seam.