Here are the placemats!
I fell in love with this fabric, which I found at JoAnn's. I bought one yard, with the intention of making napkins. Then, I decided I wanted more of the fabric to show, so I tried to figure out how to create placemats.
I cut the fabric into four equal rectangles. Since I didn't decide to take how-to photos until after I made them, please imagine that this fabric has no creases. If your fabric is soft, you may want to use spray starch.
I took an existing placemat (the stiffer the better) and laid it down on the fabric. You should have at least 3/4 inch of fabric at top, bottom, and sides.
I wrapped the fabric around the placemat and using a hot iron, I pressed it down one side at a time.
I used hospital corners (or whatever they are called) and pressed them until they laid flat.
I flipped it over, and there you have it! A custom made placemat. No sewing and nothing to glue.
I don't think anyone could tell that they are not normal placemats. These would certainly work at a table where food will be served, since the fabric could be washed.
The best thing about this method is that when you don't need them anymore, just pull the fabric off. And, guess what? Five minutes later, I was using the fabric as napkins--with no further ironing or anything.
Now, I would suggest using a second napkin folded with it, since the ones we just made are not finished on both sides.
Once you try this, you are only limited by the amount of fabrics in the world!
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