Cloth placemats have a lot of features to charm a crafter. Besides being trendy and stylish, the hemmed edges give any project a professional finish. You can buy a single placemat or combine several into one creation. And they are often reversible, giving you two looks in one.
Liven up the living room with pillows that mix and match. Start with a two-sided placemat with sewn seams. Make a two-inch opening in the hem with a seam ripper and stuff the inside with polyester fiberfill. Use an iron and Steam-A-Seam to re-close the hem. Sew on big buttons as a finishing touch.
When can a placemat help you get organized? When you turn it into a pocketed wall-caddy. Just fold a placemat in half then flip the end over. Iron vertical strips of Steam-A-Seam on the inside to form pockets. Sew a button at the top of each divider to reinforce the seams. Add two grommets so you can hang it over your desk. Staying tidy never looked so smart.
Delight dinner guests with a runner made of vibrant placemats. Line up four end to end. Connect them by gluing wide grosgrain over the joints followed by a thinner ribbon for interest. Glue the ribbons on the backside and your runner will be reversible!
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