"I recently got a new dining table, but realised I didn’t have any placemats, firstly to protect it and secondly to look lovely when I lay the table! It’s surprisingly tricky to find nice shop bought versions, so making your own is a simple way to have exactly what you want, both in colour, fabric and shape. I decided to go for a hexagonal shape, for something a little bit different!"
Pin the paper template to your fabric. I folded the fabric in half so I was able to cut out two hexagons at a time. This makes the front and back of your placemat. Measure an extra 1.5-2cm around the entire template and mark with a pencil.
Cut out your fabric.
Place the two pieces on top of each other with the pattern facing inwards, pin and then tack. Stitch on your sewing machine, leaving a opening of around 4-5cm. The seam allowance should be around 1-1.5cm. Snip the corners off, and if needed, trim some of the excess fabric, but not too close to your stitches.
Turn your placemat the right way out, and hand stitch the opening closed. Repeat as many times as you like! I made six placemats.
These are a lovely gift too, make a set and tie them up with some ribbon to give to a friend.