Friday, 20 November 2009

Kid's fun Placemats Tutorial

Kid's Fun Placemats.

I made plain placemats 3 years ago and gave the kids some fabric crayons to decorate them with.
I'd like to make a new set for xmas this year.
This time I'll make them out of chalk cloth so the kids can use chalk to decorate them over and over again.

I made a sample and wrote up the tutorial to show how they are made.

Fabrics Requirements
12.5 inches by 9.5 inches of Iron on pellon or wadding. I really think the iron on stuff is the best to use it won't move as you sew it, mine wiggled about a bit so I have a few puckers. I'm using up scraps from a quilt I'm making so pieced some wadding together to make my sample.

12.5 inches by 9.5 inches of backing fabric
12.5 inches by 9.5 inches of calico or blackboard fabric
a fat quarter for the border.

Rotary cutters, mats and rulers make it much easier to cut everything straight


One of 12.5 inches by 9.5 inches of Iron on pellon or wadding.
One of 12.5 inches by 9.5 inches of backing fabric.
One of 12.5 inches by 9.5 inches of calico or blackboard fabric.
Border strips are cut two of 4 inches by 9.5 inch and 2 of 4 inches by 12.5 inches

Fold the border strips lengthwise wrong side together and press.

Layer the place mat. (Make a pellon sandwich)
Backing good side down, wadding/ pellon and calico or blackboard fabric on the top.
If using iron on pellon iron it to the wrong side of the blackboard or calico fabric.

Pin the back of the placemat, short border strips to the shorter sides.

Sew the strips to the placemat, with about a 1cm seam allowance.

Pin the long strips in place then sew them as below:

You need to sew the longer strips down the ends as well as along the edge.

Clip and grade the corners as illustrated above.

Then turn the borders to the front of the place mat. Enclosing the side seams.
Push the corners out as best you can.

Now pin the borders into place and sew them down with a straight stitch close to the edge.
If you don't want the little pockets sew across them too.

In the past I have made a pile of these and had groups of kids colour them in as gifts for parents.
They don't take long to production sew up in bulk.


You could even package a few up with a set of fabric crayons and sell or give them as gifts.
If you made them out of chalk cloth, then put in a couple of sticks of chalk and leave the little pockets on the front open for keeping the chalk in.
You can make these any size you'd like.
They could be used as roll up chalkboards if you added a ribbon as a tie.
Or add some ribbon for hanging and turn them into wall art!
You could use fabric paint and get the kids to put their handprints on them. A great gift for grandparents.

It's OK to share this tutorial.
It's OK to make them to sell.
It's not OK to say this is your design and it's not OK for you to sell my instructions.
And it's not OK to post the tutorial anywhere on the net, a link to here would be very welcome.

I love comments!!


Gilly said...

Tracey this is an awesome idea thank you so much for sharing it :)

Clodagh a.k.a. Isra said...

thanks Tracy, I just did some with chalkfabric too, but I do find that heat affects the fabric so maybe just make sure when the plates go down they are turned over and still put some batting inbetween. Great idea for Christmas. thanks

Gill - That British Woman said...

that is a great idea for someone with little ones.

Gill in Canada

Amber said...

Great idea Tracy! This will definitely be on my to do list for kid's gifts next year!!!