The Little Lady has a kitchen set, but didn’t have “company” dishes and placemats, so that’s what I made her for Christmas! I bought her 2 sets of the beautiful wooden dishes, which includes a plate, bowl, fork, knife and spoon, and made her 4 napkins and placemats. They were quick to make and will make any meal in her kitchen special!
Cutting directions for each placemat:
1 center – 12″ x 8″
1 back – 15″ x 11″
2 side borders* – 2 1/2″ x 8″
2 top/bottom borders* – 2 1/2″ x 15″
*When cutting borders, I general just cut long strips, then cut each slightly wider than what I’m sewing it to, and trim the borders after they are sewn on. It makes cutting and sewing faster.
Use 1/2″ seam allowances and iron seams open
Sew the two side borders to the center.
Trim borders if necessary.
Iron seams open.
Sew on top and bottom borders, iron seams open and trim.
Pin placemat front to placemat back, front sides together.
Sew together, pivoting at the corners, and leaving at 2 1/2″ opening for turning.
Trim the corners to reduce bulk.
Turn placemat right side out.
Iron placemat flat. When ironing the opening, just make sure the inside seam lies flat, and that the edge is straight.
If you want, you can slip stitch the opening closed. I don’t bother.
Top stitch 1/4″ around the two edges of the border, and around the outside edge of the center of the placemat.
Trim threads and you are done!
set the table!
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