Over a Dozen Placemat Patterns to Sew

Are you a placemat person?  Maybe you prefer a table runner or a tablecloth.

I fall into the placemat person category.  I feel like my table looks warm and inviting with placemats, as opposed to the more formal look of a tablecloth. 

And to me, my bare oak table looks, well, bare!

We have some great tutorials on how to make placemats below. The free placemat patterns are full of ideas to make your table look unique.

Before we get into the placemat patterns to sew, let’s talk about some of the nitty gritty of making placemats.

What Fabric Is Best for Sewing a placemat?

Actually, any woven fabric can be used to sew a placemat.  Fine quilting fabric will give you many designs to choose from, and the placemats tend to hold up longer than cheaper fabrics.

One of the projects below uses upcycled denim from jeans!  Check out the Denim DIY Placemats.  They can be made as simple or complex as you prefer.

Easily patchwork large pieces together, or you can use denim strips of various widths. Use tweezers to fray the seams, and you have a very unique placemat!

One of our projects below uses corduroy as a backing fabric. I had not seen that used before, but I can see how it would make a sturdy placemat. 

Look at the Fabric Placemat project below.  It’s an easy project and can be made in no time at all.

When Sewing a Placemat Do You Need Batting?

When sewing a placemat, this is really a personal preference.  If you are comfortable with a thin and flimsy placemat, no batting at all is required and makes for a simple and easy project.

It does help to add a layer of fusible interfacing. This will stiffen the fabric, minimize wrinkles after washings, and make the placemats last longer, especially if they will get daily use.

Fusible fleece adds a nice padding if that is what you are looking for.  Take a look at our Easy Placemat Pattern which uses the fusible fleece as batting.

Keep in mind that fleece or other battings are not heat resistant.  

If you are going to need insulation from the heat or cold, you will want to use Insul-Bright, which will definitely do the trick for you.

How Do You Make Fabric Placemats Waterproof?

You can simply brush a layer of Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge on the placement.  Once it is completely dry, add another coat of the Mod Podge. 

Repeat this process until you have about three or four layers on top.  Be sure to let it dry overnight before putting it to use!

What Size Are the Free Placemat Patterns?

Placemats are usually between 12”x16” and 14”x20", but of course, you can make them any size you’d like.

Many of the free placemat patterns below are 12”x16” and call for one yard of fabric for the top and one yard for the backing in order to make four placemats. 

Check out our Reversible Placemat (Beginner Sewing Project).  You can use this free placemat pattern to make one quilted placemat from just two fat quarters!

If you decide to sew our Pocket Placemats, you will need more fabric, as these placemats with pockets are just right for using outdoors.  They have one pocket for the utensils and napkin and another for the plate!

You will find that homemade placemats are very easy to make, and these free placemat patterns will give you a professional-looking finish.

Think of how you can make DIY placemats that match for a themed birthday party or for different seasons and holidays.

Use your imagination with your fabric choices, and the possibilities are endless!

Do you want to sew potholders, table runners or other kitchen accessories?  Check out these pages for free potholder tutorials, and table runner tutorials, or other kitchen stuff tutorials

Over a Dozen Placemat Patterns to Sew

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Denim DIY Placemats

Denim DIY Placemats

Turn old denim jeans into a beautiful placemat complete with that denim fringe using this free tutorial. Scratch and Stitch

DIY Reversible Placemat

DIY Reversible Placemat

Homemade placemats are easy to make with this tutorial. Hello Sewing

Easy DIY Placemat

Easy DIY Placemat

Learn how to make a placemat with just 1/2 yard of fabric using this tutorial. Heather Handmade

Easy Placemat Pattern

Need a set of placemats and a table runner in a hurry? This is just the pattern for you. Craft and Fabric Links

Fabric Placemat

Fabric Placemat

This pretty trimmed placemat will look gorgeous on your table. Check out the free tutorial. My Poppet Makes

Fall Market Fabric Napkins

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Learn how easy it is to make fringed napkins with this tutorial. Affiliate Link to Michaels

Fall Placemat

Fall Placemat

In autumn dress up the table with some fall handmade placemats using this free pattern. Heather Handmade

Patriotic Placemat with Bandanas

Patriotic Placemat with Bandanas

Enjoy this lovely free patriotic placemat pattern! This fabric placemat is perfect for Fourth of July celebrations as well as other summer patriotic holidays.

Our Flag-Inspired Bandana Placemat is a simple and super-fast quilting project that you can whip up in less than an hour using the quilt-as-you-go technique. Associates

Placemat and Napkin Tutorial

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Mix and match colors to create complimentary placemats and napkins for your kitchen decor. Affiliate Link to Yarnspirations


How to sew your own placemats. WikiHow

Pocket Placemats

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Eating outdoors can be challenging! These generously sized pocketed placemats keep everything secure. There’s one pocket for the utensils and napkin, and another for the plate. Affiliate Link to Yarnspirations

Pretty Package Placemat and Napkin

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Set your holiday table with these pretty packages! Free pattern! Affiliate Link to Yarnspirations

Reversible Placemat

Mix and match colors and patterns to create complementary placemats. Craft and Fabaric Links

Reversible Placemat (Beginner Sewing Project)

Reversible Placemat (Beginner Sewing Project)

How to make super simple quilted reversible placemats. To make these placemats use fabric from you scrap stash or two fat quarters.

Round-Table Wedge Placemats

A tutorial on how to make placemats for a round table. Sew 4 Home

Shabby Chic Spring Placemat

Shabby Chic Spring Placemat

With burlap rectangles and some cotton fabric (scrap fabric would do), make some ruffled placemat for spring to accent your table. Would look nice on your Easter table. Oh My Creative

Star Performance Placemat and Coaster

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Celebration table settings! The placemats and coasters are perfect for outdoor entertaining. Affiliate Link to Yarnspirations

Stenciled Monogrammed Placemats

This tutorial will teach you how to make a simple placemat and embellish it with a stenciled letter. Cowboy's Life

Summertime Placemats and Napkins

These placemats are the perfect touch for any springtime brunch setting. Use them on Mother’s Day and guests are sure to be impressed. Baby Lock

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