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"Over the years I have made several of these. Speaking from personal experience, I can tell you that these boxes -when used in the pictured position- are not strong enough on their own to hold very many books or magazines for very long. Eventually they will sag and become an eyesore. Preventing the eyesore from happening is simple - turn the boxes on their side once they are completed, and Voila! They are an EXCELLENT way to wrangle in all that clutter and chaos we often find throughout our home and office. There is also another way to make them strong and that is to REINFORCE THEM. Personally, I like to do this when I need to use the boxes for flimsier items like loose papers that have a tendency to curl on their edges if stored on their sides or when not packed tightly. Reinforcing the boxes means you can put a lot more weight into them even while they are laying flat like they are in the picture. I reinforce my boxes with a very thin wood that can be purchased at almost any hardware store - it is called Louon (my spelling is probably off but it is pronounced LEW-ON). It is very cost-effective and extremely easy to work with. Add to this that it is VERY VERSATILE and you have a great solution to making even very flimsy projects much more stable. I hope this helps! BTW USPS boxes are legal to use BUT ONLY if you PURCHASED them OR they are USED. IF you are thinking about using new boxes that were FREE from the USPS Priority Mail Services - then you would be breaking the law. New FREE Boxes MUST be used only for Mail. Boxes that are Purchased or Used should be OK."

Patriotic Place Mat and Coaster

In need of an easy crochet pattern?  Hone your crochet skills with this beginner crochet pattern that creates a beautiful Patriotic Place Mat and Coaster.


  • RED HEART® “Eco-Cotton™ Blend”: 1 Ball each 1926
  • Currant A, 1105 Vanilla B, and 1870 Denim C. This will
  • make 2 sets including placemat, coaster and napkin ring.
  • Yarn needle.
  • Crochet Hook: U.S. Size G-6 [4mm].

Gauge: 15 sts = 4”; 9 rows = 4” in dc. Use any size hook to obtain the gauge given.

Size: Placemat measures13½” high x 18” wide. Coaster measures 6” across.

Abbreviations: ch = chain; dc = double crochet; lp = loop; sc = single crochet; st(s) = stitch(es); yo = yarn over; * or ** = repeat whatever follows the * or ** as indicated;
[ ] = work directions given in brackets the number of times specified.


: With A, ch 58.
Row 1 (Right Side): Dc in 4th ch from hook and in each ch across, changing to B in last st; turn – 56 sts.
Row 2: With B, ch 3, skip first dc, dc in next dc and in each dc across, dc in top of ch-3; turn. Repeat Row 2 and work stripe pat of 1 more row B, then [2 rows A, 2 rows B] 4 times, then 1 more row A, changing to C in last dc of last row. Cut A and B.
Round 1: With C, ch 1, work sc evenly around all 4 sides, working 3 sc in each corner; join with a slip st to first sc.
Round 2: Ch 3, skip first sc, dc in each sc around, working 5 dc in center sc of each 3-sc corner group; join to top of ch-3.
Round 3: Ch 1, sc in same st as joining and in each dc around, working 3 sc in center dc of each 5-dc corner group; join.
Rounds 4-7: Repeat Rounds 2 and 3 twice more, changing to A in last sc of Round 7. Work 1 round sc with A. Fasten off.

Star (Make 4) With B, ch 2; sc in 2nd ch from hook, * ch 3, slip st in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next ch **, sc in same ch as first sc *; repeat from * to * 3 more times, then from * to ** once more; join – 5 points. Fasten off leaving a long end for sewing. Sew 1 star in each corner. Weave in ends. 

Round 1: With B, ch 4; 14 dc in 4th ch from hook; join with a slip st to top of ch, changing to C – 15 sts.
Round 2: With C, ch 3, working over B, 4 dc in same st as joining, changing to B in last dc; * with B and working over C, [yo and draw up a loop in next dc, yo and draw through 2 loops] twice, with C, yo and draw through all 3 loops on hook – cluster made **; with C and working over B, 5 dc in next dc; repeat from * around, end at **; join – 30 sts. Cut B.
Round 3
: With C, ch 3, dc in same st as joining, [dc in next dc, 2 dc in next dc] twice; yo, insert hook from front to back to front around the post of the next cluster and draw loop through, [yo and draw through 2 loops on hook] twice – front post dc (fpdc) made; * 2 dc in next dc, [dc in next dc, 2 dc in next dc] twice, fpdc; repeat from * around; join – 45 sts.
Round 4
: Ch 3, dc in same st as joining, dc in next 2 sts, * 2 dc in next st, dc in next 2 sts; repeat from * around; join – 60 sts.
Round 5
: Ch 3, dc in same st as joining, dc in next 3 sts, * 2 dc in next st, dc in next 3 sts; rrepeat from * around, changing to A in last dc; join – 75 sts. Cut C.

Round 6: With A, ch 1, sc in each st around; join. Fasten
off. Weave in ends.

: With C ch 18; join with a slip st to first ch, taking care not to twist ch.
Round 1: Ch 1, sc in each ch around; join with a slip st to
first sc.
Round 2: Ch 3, skip first sc, dc in next sc and in each sc around; join with a slip st to top of ch-3.
Round 3: Ch 1, sc in same ch as joining and in each dc around; join and change to A.
Round 4: With A, ch 1, sc in each sc around; join. Fasten off. Attach A in remaining loops of beg ch and work 1 Round sc on opposite side; join. Fasten off. Weave in ends. With B, make 1 star same as for placemat and sew to ring.


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The design of this patriotic coaster and place mat by another of my namesake, is super. I love the layout is would really be stunning at a fourth of Juk gathering. If you are not into crocheting or don't have the time, I like see modifying this design using fabric of at similar color and pattern attaching borders with coordinating colors and design. Super!


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