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!


here's what you'll need...

  • A medium weight fabric – I used a grey and white design in cotton twill from Zazzle, which can be machine washed
  • Scissors
  • Basic sewing kit
  • Sewing machine
  • Hexagon template (optional) –you can make any shape you like!


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here's how it's done...

  • 1

    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.


  • 2

    Cut out your fabric.


  • 3

    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.


  • 4

    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.


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By Caroline Rowland on 24.08.15

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