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How to Sew a Reversible Placemat (easy holiday placemat tutorial)

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Sewing placemats are one of the easiest sewing projects you can start with. Today’s Reversible Placemat tutorial is a project that can be completed in less than ten minutes (per placemat) with limited supplies. It is a perfect sewing project for beginners!

how to sew reversible placemats

Reversible Placemat Tutorial

Tell me, are you a tablecloth or a placemat kind of family?  

I’ve always preferred placemats, they just seem easier to use and keep clean. My current placemats are starting to show their age and I decided it was time to make a new set.

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Have you ever tried to make reversible placemats? Seriously, they are one of the easiest projects to sew!

You need to be able to cut put a few rectangles, sew straight lines, and iron. that’s it!

Reversible placemats also make a perfect handmade gift or craft to make and sell. (Seriously, I just checked Etsy and handmade reversible placemats are going for anywhere from 15 to $50 for a set of four – depending on fabric!)

For today’s placemat project, I chose a pretty rust-colored damask fabric that complemented my decor for the top. Since the placemats are reversible (and the Holidays are in full swing,) I went with a red and gold print for the back.

Business in the front…

reversible placemat tutorial

Party in the back.

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More Placemat Tutorials

Are you ready to make a few placemats?  Let’s get started!

Materials Needed to Make a Reversible Placemat

  • Fabric for front and back (I made smaller sized placemats and was able to get 6 out of 2.5 yards – 1.25 yard of each fabric design)
  • scissors, ruler, iron
  • coordinating thread
  • iron on interfacing (optional – you might want to add iron-on fusible interfacing if you are using lightweight cotton)

Sewing Instructions

Step 1:  Prep and Cut Fabric.

Wash and iron fabric.  

Cut front and back fabric into 19.5 by 14.5 inch rectangles (as many as you want.)  

If you are adding interfacing, cut it out to the same dimensions as the placemat fabric. Following the interfacing package directions, iron the interfacing to the wrong side of one of the fabric pieces.

how to sew a reversible placemat

Step 2:  Sew Placemats

Line up the front and back pieces, right sides together.  Pin and sew 1/4 inch from the edge, leaving a 2-inch opening to turn the fabric.

reversible placemat tutorial

Step 3: Trim and Flip the Reversible Placemats.

Trim the edges 1/8 inch, clip corners on the diagonal and flip the placemat right side out.

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sewing reversible placemats

Step 4: Iron and Topstitch the Placemats.

Iron the edges of the placemat flat, taking care to evenly tuck the edges of the 2 inch opening in.

reversible placemats

Topstitch all the way around the placemat, a scant 1/8 inch from the edge.  (I used 2 different colored threads – a golden brown in the bobbin and red on the top.)

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Repeat for as many placemats as you want!

My Holiday table looks so pretty!

holiday reversible placemats tutorial

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How to Sew a Reversible Placemat (easy holiday placemat tutorial)

how to sew reversible placemats

Learn to sew an easy reversible placemat in just about 10 minutes.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Difficulty easy/intermediate
Estimated Cost $4

Materials

  • Fabric
  • scissors, ruler, iron
  • coordinating thread
  • iron on interfacing (optional – you might want to add iron-on fusible interfacing if you are using lightweight cotton)

Tools

Instructions

Step 1:  Prep and Cut Fabric.

  1. Wash and iron fabric.  
  2. Cut front and back fabric into 19.5 by 14.5 inch rectangles (as many as you want.)  
  3. If you are adding interfacing, cut it out to the same dimensions as the placemat fabric. Following the interfacing package directions, iron the interfacing to the wrong side of one of the fabric pieces.

Step 2:  Sew Placemats

  1. Line up the front and back pieces, right sides together.  Pin and sew 1/4 inch from the edge, leaving a 2-inch opening to turn the fabric.

Step 3: Trim and Flip the Reversible Placemats.

  1. Trim the edges 1/8 inch, clip corners on the diagonal and flip the placemat right side out.

Step 4: Iron and Topstitch the Placemats.

  1. Iron the edges of the placemat flat, taking care to evenly tuck the edges of the 2 inch opening in.
  2. Topstitch all the way around the placemat, a scant 1/8 inch from the edge.  (I used 2 different colored threads - a golden brown in the bobbin and red on the top.)
  3. Repeat for as many placemats as you want!

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5 Comments

  1. Oh my! This looks so cute! Pinned and tweeted. We always love partying with you, I hope to see you Monday at 7 pm at our party. Happy Sunday! Lou Lou Girls

  2. These look lovely and so easy to do., maybe I will try and have a go for Christmas Thank you for sharing.