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Easy Reversible Holiday Placemats

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.

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

Easy instructions on how to sew reversible placemats

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…


Party in the back.

Are you ready to make a few placemats?  This is what you need:

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


Step 1:  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 and following the package directions, iron the interfacing to the wrong side of one of the fabric pieces.

Step 2:  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 the edges 1/8 inch, clip corners on the diagonal and flip the placemat right side out.


Step 4:  Iron the the edges flat, taking care to evenly tuck the edges of the 2 inch opening in.

Step 5:  Top stitch 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.)


Repeat for as many placemats as you want!

My table looks so pretty!

Tomorrow is the last day of the Holiday Sewing tour!   Here is a sneak peak of the final project from Kitschy Coo:
Come back tomorrow to see the tutorial!

Don’t forget to get your final entries for the Brother serger in. (there is a daily entry twitter option.)  The giveaway period ends at 11pm cst Friday and I draw for the winner first thing Saturday morning.  Have your holiday projects ready for the Holiday Sewing link party that start Saturday.

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  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.