Easy to Clean Placemat
Want to know how to make placemats that are durable and kid-friendly? This easy to clean placemat will help you create vinyl laminated placemats that will stand up to anything grubby fingers can touch!
- One yard of home decor weight fabric
- One yard of complimentary fabric, preferably home decor weight, but not necessary
- 3 packages of iron-on vinyl (2 yds x 17" per pack) - creative couponing at Jo-Ann's worked well for me here.
- Corresponding thread
- Start by cutting out your fabric pieces. Each piece should be 19.5" x 14". be sure to pay attention to which way you want the print to go on your placemat.
- Next, cut out your vinyl pieces.
- Now is your chance to iron out your fabric perfectly smooth. Hold the steam though...you don't want your fabric wet.
- Peel off the vinyl piece from the backing.
- Place it on top of the RIGHT side of your fabric.
- Smooth out.
- Now place the paper piece on top of the vinyl.
- With your iron on medium heat and no steam, begin pressing...follow package instructions to be sure you get a good bond.
- Now flip your fabric piece over and press again.
- Turn it back over and peel off the paper. Voila. Repeat with the other 7 fabric pieces.
- Now place your two different fabrics with right sides facing each other. Do not pin as you'll puncture the vinyl. Carefully sew around the edges leaving a large hole for turning - this is much more difficult to turn than regular fabric...leaving a large opening will help cut down on wrinkling. Note how I sewed "into" the piece before I started sewing around the edges. This helps keep everything more stable when you are turning.
- Cut all four corners on the diagonal.
- Turn the placemat inside out. it will be a wrinkly mess:. Don't worry.
- Go back to the ironing board. Fold under the opening and hold it steady. Meanwhile, place the paper that you used for pressing back on top and iron the opening. Warning: The two sides will fuse together...so you only get one shot here. Now continue to press the whole placemat, both sides. I found that using high heat here was very helpful.
- Now top stitch all around. Tip: Use a dark colored thread, otherwise with frequent wiping, light colors will become very dingy.
- And now you're all done!