A Placemat Tutorial & Giveaway

How To Make a Placemat
Placemats serve mulitpurposes at the table. They are utilitarian and add beauty. They act as a barrier between a table and the elements of a meal! They define space.
Here at StoneGable placemats are an everyday part of setting a table!  Finding a placemat that is perfect for a tablescape is not always easy. When I  envision a table and cannot find the right placemats or napkins I make them myself. To view the complete daisy tablescape these placemats and napkins were made for click HERE.
Placemat, like napkins, are quite easy to make.  With a few basic materials and a sewing machine a couple of placemats can be whipped up in about an hour. To learn how to make a miter cornered napkin click HERE.
StoneGable Placemats
material for placemats
placemat batting
trim~ wider than 1/2 inch
fabric glue
Wash and dry fabric. Iron.
The placemat I made was 13 1/2 by 21 inches. Double fabric and cut out a 14 1/2 x 22 inch rectangle. You should have 2 pieces of 14 1/2 x 22. Use a 1/2 inch seam allowence for all sewing. Press.
Cut out one piece of batting 15 x 24.
 Put RIGHT sides of material together together. Make sure they are evenly matched. Stack fabric and batting,  putting the batting on the bottom and lay the material on the top of the batting. Batting will be larger than fabric, so center the 2 layers of fabric on the batting. Pin fabric to batting around the edges of the fabric.
  Mark off 2-3 inch that you will not sew on on of the long sides of your placemats. This is where you will turn your fabric to the right side. I mark this with a fabric marker (see blue line).
If you are adding trim, add it between the two layers of fabric. Make sure the edges of the trim are flush with the edges of the fabric and that the trim is more than 1/2 inch in width so it will show after it is sewn into the placemat.
I only add trim to the short ends of the placemats.
Pin, Pin, Pin! I line everything up and pin it all in place.
Sew around all edges starting and stopping at the marked openings.
Turn the top layer of the fabric to the right side through the opening.
Press placemat, and  whip stitch opening closed. Press again.

Glue embellishments to placemat with fabric glue. I used a pretty little daisy trim and cut it apart. Position the embellishment on the ends of the placemat where it can be seen!
To wash: Wash by hand or in the machine on a gentle cycle. Line dry.
Making placemats can be a fun, economical and beautiful way to enhance your table!
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  1. says

    Yvonne, thank you for this tutorial. Those are very cute placemats, and the tablesetting is pretty and crisp with the bright yellow and white.

    I’m glad to see rick-rack making a comeback. It has such a cute, vintage feel, and it adds a nice fun touch to things. I bought some a while back, and this gives me a wonderful idea of what to do with it. THANKS!


    Sheila :-)

  2. says

    I just love these…I don’t know what is it about little daisy’s, but they sure just reach right around my heart! I love these place mats, thanks for the tutorial! 😀

  3. says

    Adorable…love the tutorial. Now can you find me about 4 more hours in the day cuz I really want to make a few of these! I know, if it’s important I’ll find the time. Have a wonderful day, Patty

  4. says

    I love the buttery yellow fabric you chose. Thanks so much for the tutorial. I never find exactly what I want when searching for place mats and napkins! Hope you are now enjoying your new ac!!


  5. says

    I love the cheery yellow polka dot fabric! Very pretty and thanks for sharing the tutorial….I know how to sew napkins, but I haven’t tried to figure out how to do placemats! Now I don’t have to figure it out myself and I can use your tutorial!

  6. says

    Hi Yvonne,

    Your tutorials are always wonderful, with easy-to-understand instructions and great images of the various stages in the process!

    Love the photograph of the pretty placemats on the drying rack, and your tablescape is gorgeous — so happy and filled to overflowing with color, warmth, and light!


  7. says

    I absolutely love them! Thanks for the tutorial. You make it sound so simple that I even want to try making my own. I love daisies, they are such a cheerful little flower!

    ~ Tracy

  8. says

    This is another of those posts that makes me feel like an idiot. I have ten thumbs and two left hands when it comes to anything related to sewing. I grieve that, as a product of the 1970’s, I was more or less raised with the “throw off all things domestic” kind of attitude. While girls in former generations were taught to sew at a young age, women of the 70’s weren’t. So, now here I am, in my 40’s and feeling frustrated that I have to always buy everything.

    Thank you for sharing your expertise…even if I AM too untalented to put it into practice.

    By the way, the tablescape is beautiful. LOVE the placemats. Actually, I love your blog.

    I hope you have a wonderful day,
    Patti (Fill My Cup with Beauty)

  9. says

    How funny, I actually skipped right over the giveaway not noticing it because I was so entranced by the daisy tablescape and tutorial!

    Congratulations on your 200th post! I am a follower and would love to be entered into your giveaway! I posted the giveaway on my sidebar.

    ~ Tracy

  10. says

    Wow! I love your tutorial on placemats. Those turned out terribly cute. Loved the fabric – so cheery. Thanks for sharing!!!! I am in need of some and have toyed with the idea of making them myself, but now I’m better prepared, thanks to you.

  11. says

    Congratulations on 200.. I have gone back in your archives and visited each and everyone!! Such a joy to see your creativity. You have been blessed with a wonderful talent and best of all you are so very kind to share your talents by posting your marvelous tutorials…. Looking forward to 200 +++++ .

  12. says

    Yvonne, those placemats are just so pretty. I love the yellow of course. Thanks for the comment about my blue skin. I think you have been having a worse week than me for sure. I can’t believe your air went out and then your mom’s while you were there. I know things usually happen in threes so maybe I will just stay in the bed tomorrow until it passes. BTW, I made your arugula salad with the lemon vinegarette last night and it was superb!!

  13. says

    Yvonne, those placemats are just so pretty. I love the yellow of course. Thanks for the comment about my blue skin. I think you have been having a worse week than me for sure. I can’t believe your air went out and then your mom’s while you were there. I know things usually happen in threes so maybe I will just stay in the bed tomorrow until it passes. BTW, I made your arugula salad with the lemon vinegarette last night and it was superb!!

  14. says

    Placemats are so sweet and especially think they go very well on your table.

    CONGRATS on your 200th post! Lovely blog you have.

    1) makin’ a comment
    2) I’m a follower
    3) July 14th is my 55th BIRTHDAY

    Winning sure would make my day!!!!

    God bless,
    d from homehaven

  15. says

    You make it look so easy, Yvonne. I know that making them is the best way to get mats that are perfect for my table. You’ve inspired me!

    I am a devoted follower

  16. says

    Just Lovely!!! Daisies are my favorite~You can’t go wrong with these HAPPY little flowers! VERY good job on the placemats, I wondered back when you first posted this table setting where you might have found them??? Now I know! :-)
    You’re right about using them… I have gotten away from it (babies and all), but you have inspired me to start using them again! The babies are getting older now~Not as much stickiness! :-)
    Thank you for your visit~it made my day!

  17. says

    Great job on the tutorial. I’m a lover of rick rack from long ago. (LOL) I love the added touch of the scattered flowers. I am a follower!

  18. says

    OH Yvonne, I love the sunny fabric you used… I really makes your setting so cheery,, and I see you made matching napkins as well. I just love them…. thank you for showing us all how easy it is….

  19. says

    I have a brilliant idea! You come stay with me and we’ll shop for fabric and you can make me some placemats and napkins! Better yet…just come for a visit and we’ll play and shop and have fun and go buy some placemats and napkins;)!

    I adore these! The daisies are just perfection!


  20. says

    Once I get my basement cleaned I will have a fantabulous place to do all the tutorials that you do. I just love them! I can’t wait to have more room for dishes and serving thingies too so I can attempt to recreate some of the wonderful tablescapes that you do.

  21. says

    What a wonderful giveaway you are having! I so enjoy your blog and tutorials!

    I’m already a follower. :)

    Also, going back to my blog right now and posting about your giveaway!

  22. says

    Hi Yvonne!
    Well, I flipped through ALL of your followers and didn’t see my name. So I went to my profile and scanned down and didn’t see you there either. I wonder if my computer was crazy when I tried to follow. I’ve missed so many wonderful posts!
    I love this placemat tutorial!
    The completed table looks beautiful!
    I’ve never tried this. You make it look so easy.
    I took such a short cut when I made the bedskirt. I should do a turorial. I sooooo cheated. smiles.
    I’ll do that, and come back to let you know when I post it. Except for the time consuming pleated ruffel, it was very easy.

  23. says

    Loving these placemats! The embellishments are that special touch that takes it to the next level.

    I would love to be entered in your give away. I am also a follower.

    Becky K.

  24. says

    I love this tutorial on placemats. I can’t wait to find the time to sew again, although, that will mean that summer is over, so I had better be careful of what I wish for. Your blog is such an inspiration. I have saved a recipe for raspberry sorbet, and that will be the first one I try when I win your giveaway. Thanks ever so much!

  25. Anonymous says

    It’s just been 1 month since I’ve discovered your blog, and I love it! I work 70 hours a week at a stressful job and when I come home to read your blog it’s like taking a “mini vacation” and I am blessed! Thank you so much for sharing your time and you talents so others may be blessed.

  26. says


    You are the queen for of tablescapes!!! STUNNING!!! Not only a feast for the eys but also a beutifully done tutorial!! You spoil us! :)

    Oh and the photography!!! DIVINE!

    That planter would make a really funky cupcake strand perhaps?! :)


  27. Anonymous says

    I never learned to sew, but after reading your excellent tutorial with step-by-step photos, I do believe I could make these placemats! We are having extreme temps here in TN, so I could make good use of the ice cream maker. Thanks for a great giveaway! Libby

  28. says

    Yvonne, your talent never ceases to amaze me! Honestly, where do you find the time?? I’m going to start calling you Martha, except you’re a million times nicer than Martha! XO!
    Oh, I am a follower, and could use an ice cream maker down here in Savannah! XO!

  29. says

    This is just so pretty, Yvonne…
    You add so much CHEER to my day!
    They yellow and the daisies are putting a big smile on my face!
    Thank you ~ Thank YOU!

  30. says

    These placemats are adorable!! Thanks for the tutorial!

    I just found and old ice cream maker at my mom’s and made some ice cream – yum!! But, it was so loud my dog wouldn’t come into the house!

  31. says

    Yvonne, Love these cheerful placemats, and have this table setting of yours as my desktop background! Hope you don’t mind! It just makes me smile!

    Please enter me twice for the giveaway! I am a follower already!
    I have your blog button in my sidebar, too! I just looked at the bridal shower you did and am blown away! I just LOVE your attention to detail. I have some experience with event planning and you are a kindred spirit! I know your guests just flip over your creativity and talent!

    Have a blessed evening, gal!

  32. says

    How beautiful! I love daisies – I even had them in my wedding bouquet! I just never thought of adding them to a placemat like this! What a fun table!

  33. says

    Yvonne, I already told you how I love this little cute daisies on the napkins and placemats. Thak you so much fr sharing this cute idea, I will definately try to make such placemats. Your share on your blog always the nicest tutorials for foodmaking or tablescape or for sewing.
    Greetings, Johanna

  34. says

    Thanks for the tutorial I will be making some of these with the ric rac trim soon. Gosh they are so cute. You know I have been sewing for years and still can’t make a decent mitered corner So this fits the bill.
    Lots going on here at the homestead. I’ll fill you in later. Change is good, right?
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

  35. says

    So darling and simple! They give a great foundation to your place settings!

    I wish we could have meet at Becky K.’s blog get together at Sight and Sound Theatre yesterday! It was awesome, I hope you will have the chance to see the show sometime!

    This is my first visit to your blog and I am enjoying it very much!

  36. says

    Lovely giveaway and gorgeous placemats.I loved the tutorial.Im from Julies blog,The Harwards.I came to visit and saw this much wanted giveaway,lol.Please count me in.

  37. says

    Ooh Oooh Pick me pick me! I would love to have the cusinart frozen yogurt and sorbet maker! I gave one as a wedding gift and have yet to give one to myself. Plus I just celebrated my 50th birthday on the 13th and this would be a fun birthday treat!
    I have left this comment,
    I am a follower and I am posting about this on my blog.

    P.s. Love Love Love the placemats! they would look great with my yellow plates…it looks very Doris Dayish!

  38. says

    Oh My Goodness! What a wonderful blog! A lovely blog from a lovely lady! I am signing up as soon as I am through here. Congrats on the apron win-that’s what brought me here- Have a happy day!

  39. says

    Yvonne, you are so sweet to share your talents with us. It was years before I realized what a visual learner I am. You tutorials are easy to follow. I am hoping to try some of these soon. Thank you!

  40. says

    Great tutorial Yvonne. Shari@Little Blue Deer is right, you are so much nicer than Martha!! Hope all is going well for you. Just checking in. I sent update emails if you need anything!
    A lovely Friday to you,

  41. says

    The placemats are adorable! Thanks so much for the tutorial. My daughter will swoon over all the daisies and the yellow ~ just delightful.

    So wish I had arrived in time for the giveaway. You are very kind to do this.

    Have a blessed weekend ~


  42. says

    Thanks for following up with the tutorial on the placemats. I just thought these were some of the cutest, happiest placemats I have seen. I have started making my napkins. You get just what you want that way. Now I will have to try placemats. I haven’t done those before.

  43. says

    Thanks for following up with the tutorial on the placemats. I just thought these were some of the cutest, happiest placemats I have seen. I have started making my napkins. You get just what you want that way. Now I will have to try placemats. I haven’t done those before.

  44. says

    You are amazing with all your great tutorials, designs, blogging, photos, and recipes. When do you sleep? The bright sunny colors you used and your tablescape is as always…outstanding. Thank you for taking the time to share all your talent.

  45. says

    Yvonne, it’s so great to see how you make your napkins and placements. Such a help. Hope you’ll stop by and see my garden project. Jane F.

  46. says

    Thank you for the tutorial! I have been tossing around the idea of making some of my own but hadn’t thought of adding batting! I remember the first time I saw these I thought they were adorable! Love all the extra embellishments!

  47. says

    Yvonne, this is so pretty. Oh, how I wish I could sew, but I’ve tried. I just don’t have the right kind of patience.

    I have been looking for yellow napkins with white polka-dots for months. Maybe you need to open a store so I can shop with you.

  48. says

    Thank you so much for the placemat and napkin tutorial!I hope to make some soon. When I saw your tablescape, I fell in love with your beautiful placemats. Thank you, thank you!

  49. says

    Sweet lady, you have such a knack for doing all the right things. The placemats and napkins are just beautiful. I have a huge set of Metlox Poppytrail Sculptured Daisy. These dishes would look fantastic on your beautiful placemats. Thank you for all you do, the pictures, tutorials, and the gift of you.


  50. says

    These are just beautiful. I got all of my trim and supplies today except for the polka dot fabric. I want to make these this weekend. Thanks for making such an easy to follow tutorial. I may make some for each season!!

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