Friday, May 4, 2012

Wonky Wavy Woven No-Sew Placemats

Here's a way to brighten up your table with homemade placemats without any sewing.



For each placemat, you will need 2 coordinating fabric pieces about 14" x 18". (You can choose a different size.), scraps of fabrics at least 14" long and 3"-5" wide, and an iron-on adhesive such at Heat and Bond or Wonder-Under.










Iron on the adhesive to the wrong side of the top of the placemat (a 14x18 rectangular piece.) Make sure it adheres everywhere. (Follow the manufacturer's directions.) You can take the paper off now or after you cut the waves.



Next, fold the fabric in half as shown. I placed my ruler at the end of the folded map so that I would have a 1" margin on each end. Then I used my rotary cutter to cut wavy lines from the fold to the ruler. They can be of various widths. You can use scissors, too.


Open up your fabric.


Now iron the adhesive on the backs of the fabric you will be weaving. Remove the paper once you have finished! (I forgot and had to fix it after the mat was woven. Wayward forever!) Cut the strips into varied widths between 1/2" and 2" wide.)


Now start weaving. Keep the strips snug together. Toward the end, you may need to make one or two  strips strips narrower.

Once you are finished, make sure everthing looks right. The edges of strips that show should line up with the edge of the mat. Carefully lift the mat and place it on the rectangle you will use for the back of mat. Line up carefully. Now, iron everything very securely. Make sure the edges adhere very well.

Trim the edges with a pinking blade and you are finished!




If you like to sew, you could zig zag around the edges or add other decorative stitching.

7 comments :

Brave Brooke said...

This is cute! I love the bright fabrics!

Danni Baird @ Silo Hill Farm said...

I love a no-sew project!! This just looks fun! Thanks for sharing it and I'll have to check my scrap supplies and see what I can do!

Recipes We Love said...

Found you on Tater Tots and jello. I love the bright colors!

Amber

Just Jaime said...

Very cute! Fun, bright and festive! Great job, Mom! Thanks for sharing!

Jacqueline said...

Those are so cute! I love your color choices too. That would be so fun to have placemats that are that colorful.

Heather Landry said...

I really loved the pinked edge. These placemats are so bright and colorful!

Tracy said...

Oh my goodness this is a fun project.
I kind of remember doing this in school with paper.
but this is way better :)

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