How to Make No-Sew Place Mats

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Set your table in style this holiday season with personalized place mats with a laser-cut look. These floral-design place settings are super-easy to create with wool-felt fabric that doesn't fray and makes cutting a cinch. Feel free to try polyester or other blended fabric versions for a similar look that's a little easier on the wallet.

Before you begin, always pre-wash your fabric; you don't want your guests to worry about not being able to clean up a little spill during their holiday meal. When you are washing felt, be sure to follow the instructions on the bolt so you don't damage the fibers. Polyester felts will have different care instructions from wool versions, so double-check before leaving the fabric store.

For even more festive flair, try using this simple technique to whip up a matching table runner or tablecloth in a contrasting color. They're so quick to finish, they make great hostess gifts and will impress even the most stylish party-goers.

What You'll Need:
Chalk
Small embroidery scissors (JoAnn.com, EmbSupplies.com, SublimeStitching.com)
Temporary spray adhesive (JoAnn.com)
Tracing paper
Wool felt, 3⁄8 yard, 36 inches wide for two place mats (JoAnn.com)
X-Acto knife
Downloadable template
Optional: Plastic vellum (CreateAndCraft.com)


Create a stencil, and cut away
Watch out because once you get the hang of these stenciling techniques, you'll be cutting
pretty left and right. Luckily, your skills can be put to use on tablecloths or table runners as well.

1. Download the template. Enlarge the template on a photocopier and copy it onto heavy paper. Our template creates a 17-inch by 12-inch place mat. Use an X-Acto knife and a cutting surface (such as a rotary mat) to cut out the template. If you plan to use the template several times, try cutting it from plastic vellum, which can be found in the quilting sections of sewing-supply stores; it will last longer.




2. Apply temporary spray adhesive to the template right side. Place it sticky-side down on the felt's wrong side. Press down to adhere the template to the felt.



Tip: For contrast add a second layer of felt in an alternate color underneath your cutout place mat. Just stitch round the outer edges, or apply a little fabric glue to secure them.


3. Use Tailor's chalk to Stencil the design onto the felt. Trace around the outside edge of the template as well. If you're using paper, be careful not to tear your template.



4. Carefully peel the template from the felt. Cut out the outer edge of your place mat along the traced line. Then, cut out the design using small embroidery scissors.

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Comments (6)

mammacandoit writes: Very cool. I wonder if you could LAMINATE the felt so that you could wash it? I think there must be some kind of product out there that you could spray on the felt to wash it and not be ruined. Thoughts?
Posted: 1:24 pm on October 25th
mammacandoit writes: Very cool. I wonder if you could LAMINATE the felt so that you could wash it? I think there must be some kind of product out there that you could spray on the felt to wash it and not be ruined. Thoughts?
Posted: 1:24 pm on October 25th
momog writes: I opened the PDF template in PhotoShop Elements and saved the design as a transparent-background PNG. I opened the PNG in my Silhouette Studio software for my my Silhouette digital cutting machine and traced the PNG to make a cutting file. Now I can cut that design in card stock for "instant" paper placemats! Instead of cutting the design, I also have the ability to draw the lines using my machine with a pen holder, and a glitter or gel pen! In just moments I can have enough placemats for an entire family gathering or even everyday use, and in any color scheme or pattern I choose. Thank you for the lovely design!
Barbara, aka Momo G


Posted: 10:43 am on November 19th
nmt60174 writes: I love the design but this is by no means a quick project.
Posted: 5:40 pm on November 18th
Divya writes: hey it looks awesome, but wont it get spoiled with use? is there way to protect it like a sealer or something?
Posted: 9:17 am on May 2nd
FATOJ writes: wwoouuwww cool
Posted: 5:28 am on February 13th
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