Sunday, July 8, 2012

Patio Place Mat Tutorial


Here's the tutorial for the Patio Placemats that I showed you in the previous post!

Materials:
  • (2) 12" x 15" pieces for the main body of the place mat
  • (1) 12" x 15" piece for the pocket
  • (1) 12" x 15" piece of batting
  • coordinating thread

1. Cut out your pieces.


2. Fold the pocket fabric piece in half lengthwise and top stitch 1/4" from the fold. Place the pocket on top of one piece of main body fabric, aligning all the raw edges on the bottom. Pin in place and baste 1/8"-1/4" from the edge along the three outer sides of the pocket.


3. Use a pencil or fabric marker to draw a line 4 1/2" from the right side of the pocket and stitch straight down over the line to split the pocket in two.


4. Make your place mat sandwich in this order:
  • Main body piece without the pocket, right side up
  • Main body piece with pocket, right side down
  • Batting

5. Pin and then stitch the sandwich together, 1/4" from the edge, leaving an approximately 6" opening on the top edge of the place mat.


6. Clip the corners and trip any excess batting. Turn the place mat right side out, pushing out the corners with a chopstick. Tuck the edges of the opening inside and give it a good pressing all over.


7. Top stitch 1/4" from the edge all around the place mat.


Load it with your paper goods and enjoy!

Again, if you make yourself some place mats using this tutorial -- or any of my tutorials! -- be sure to add some photos to my Flickr group. I'd love to see what you're making!

24 comments:

  1. What a fabulous idea to keep paper plates and napkins from blowing off the picnic table. Must do! Thanks for sharing!

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  2. What a great idea to stop all those blow away items and in your previous post I love the photo of them all stacked up - so easy to carry out as well :)

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  3. Love your fabric selections. Great idea.

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  4. What an intelligent idea!Looks good too.

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  5. what a great idea thanks for sharing

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  6. These are really cute, as well as being a great idea!

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  7. Really cute and functional. Great tutorial. Thank you for sharing.

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  8. Awesome idea and tutorial! Thanks!!

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  9. This is a really good idea! My family has a cabin in NY with a big wrap-around porch so this would definitely eliminate some trips from the kitchen to the porch...thanks for the tutorial :)

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  10. Thank you so much for sharing this! It's a fantastic idea and a definite need for us. :)

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  11. what a fantastic idea!!! thanks so much for the tutorial!

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  12. que idea mas genial, me gusta tu blog, ahora te sigo
    saludos

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  13. Great idea! Would it be okay if I pinned this to my Sewing board on Pinterest? Thanks so much.

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  14. Saw this on Pinterest...ingenious! We love to eat on the deck but its always windy so this will really come in handy! Love finding new blogs to follow!

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  15. These are fantastic! Do you throw them in the wash to clean? Thanks for the tutorial. Can't wait to make a set :)

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  16. This is awesome! very nice DIY idea! i've share it on my FB page because i love this kind of thing.

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  17. love this project. Looking for picnic ideas. TFS!!!

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  18. thank you for solving my dilemma of what to make my MIL for her birthday in two weeks. I think that I am going to make them out of plastic table cloths so they can be wiped down and sew some washers in the corners to help weigh it down just a bit more. She loves to camp but usually next to lakes where it can be a bit windy.

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  19. No wonder why you receive countless of feedbacks.
    www.logomatsdirect.co.uk

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  20. Amei esse porta prato vou fazer, amei mesmo

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  21. I am so excited to get sewing on these. Hello Memorial Day picnic! Thanks for sharing :)

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  22. Great idea, thanks for sharing this tutorial, I will try this using dress fabrics I have.

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