Different patterns and fabric types come into use when making placemats. You may have noticed them at restaurants for covering diner tables to protect them from stains, temperature, and so on. They are soft, textured. They find use at households too.

How to Make Placemats without Sewing?

To make placemats, sewing is a must needed skill. You should learn it and practice it for at least one hour before beginning. But, if you don’t have the patience, a quick DIY placemat is still possible without any sewing skills.

  • You will need pins, like those used for attaching papers and documents together. Even paperclips are fine if you can handle them properly.
  • The primary aim is to fix the two pieces of the placemats properly at the corners. Try flat flower head pins because they are easy to use with fabric.
  • Still, you may have to sew some parts, if the need arises.

How to Make Placemats without Batting?

In this video you can see how different types of batting can be useful for beginners, for learners and sewing. However, you can make placemats without batting too.

  • Batting adds an extra layer of protection, for example, from dragging, swaying, and so on. You can skip this step and just use fabric in two pieces.
  • Most wall hangers and table runners can also have no batting in them, and still, look good.

How to Sew Placemats with Interfacing?

Interfacing adds sturdiness to your homemade placemats and they look just like store-bought ones. All you need is a sewing machine and yards of fabric. With 5 to 8 yards of medium weight fusible interfacing, your job will look really professional.

  • You must always machine wash the fabric before using it for the project.
  • Fusible interfacing fuses with one side of the fabric because it has glue that attaches when heated.
  • Just lay the iron on one end of the fabric for up to 15 seconds or so.

How to Make Placemats for the Round Table?

The essence of making placemats for round tables is to cut them likewise. For this, you can cut them in the usual design or like pieces of a cake, in pie shapes. The rest of the process remains identical.

How to Make Laminated Placemats?

Any fabric with a layer of plastic, faux, oilcloth, vinyl that gives a plasticky feel and touch to it is laminated. Just use a fabric of this type, and keep all the rest the same.

How do I Make My Own Placemats?

A simple way to begin making your own placemats is to see how it is done in the first place. Fortunately, there are lots of online videos that explain the process in a step-by-step fashion. To begin with, this video explains it in less than 10 minutes.

  • It teaches how to cut, place, and prepare the fabric for making placemats. It is a great start for beginners who are not much confident about their sewing skills.
  • You can learn how by using just a few pins in place, you can set your placemat very easily.

How Much Fabric do I Need to Make Placemats?

For a single placemat, just for starters and first-time DIY projects, take 16 inches by 12 inches fabric. You will need a pair of these. But, for a commercial or a small project where you wish to sell, try making a set of 8. For this, you will need 2 yards of fabric in each pattern. It is a total of 4 yards.

What Fabric is Best for Placemats?

For the best placemats, always go for synthetic fabric like nylon, satin, rayon, or polyester. Then, for organics, go for cotton, linen, silk, and even blends of them.


  • Iron the pieces of fabric before use.
  • Use pieces of pins to firm the corners when stitching.
  • Use binders and batting to avoid slipping.