Reversible Placemats & Coordinating Napkins - The Kim Six Fix

Reversible Placemats & Coordinating Napkins

Hi everyone! It's Pam from Leaves & Stitches back with a tutorial for a simple set of reversible placemats and matching napkins.

Reversible fabric placemats with coordinating napkins

I have a small kitchen and limited storage space, so I love linens and gadgets that can do double duty. Reversible placemats are a great way to get multiple looks for your table without having to store stacks of placemats. I made these with two coordinating geometric prints in a soft grey fabric that can be used for everyday, but you could use seasonal fabrics or holiday prints to give yourself even more options for dressing up your table.


Reversible fabric placemats with coordinating napkins

To make a set of four reversible 12" x 17" placemats and four square napkins you'll need 1-1/2 yards each of two coordinating prints, plus a yard of fusible fleece.

Cut four 12" x 17" rectangles from the fusible fleece and set these aside for now.

From each of the fabrics, cut four 13" x 18" rectangles for the placemats and two 18" x 18" squares for the napkins.

To assemble the placemats, center the fusible fleece on one set of the placemat rectangles, with the adhesive side of the fleece facing the wrong side of the fabric. The fabric should extend beyond the fleece 1/2" on all four sides.

Fuse the fleece in place. (You can see pins temporarily holding the fleece before I ironed it down in this photo.)

Reversible fabric placemats with coordinating napkins

Layer the remaining placemat rectangles on top of the fused fabric pieces, with the right sides of the fabrics together. Pin in place.

Reversible fabric placemats with coordinating napkins

Sew all the way around the placemat, just outside the edge of the fleece. (This well help reduce bulk in the seams of the finished placemats so they'll lay flat.) Leave a 4" opening on one long side of each placemat for turning.

Reversible fabric placemats with coordinating napkins

Trim the corners of the fabric diagonally, being careful not to clip the seam.

Reversible fabric placemats with coordinating napkins

Turn the placemats right side out through the opening and use a chopstick or something similar to carefully push the corners out until they're square.

Press the placemats, turning the open edge to the inside.

Topstitch around the placemat with two rows of stitching, one 1/8" from the edge and one 3/8" from the edge, on all four sides. This will close up the opening you left for turning, and keep the fleece from shifting around over time.

Reversible fabric placemats with coordinating napkins

For the napkins, turn under a 3/8" hem on all four sides of the four fabric squares and press. Turn under again to encase the raw edges and press again. You want to get a really good crease in the hem!

Reversible fabric placemats with coordinating napkins

Open up the hem and fold the corners of each piece in, using the folded/pressed lines as a guide, until they look like this:

Reversible fabric placemats with coordinating napkins

See how the fold lines on the corners match up with the fold lines for the hem?

Now trim across the corner to remove the point:

Reversible fabric placemats with coordinating napkins

With the corner still folded in, re-fold the hem across both pressed lines, encasing the raw edges of the corner inside to create a mitered corner.

Press the corners, then topstitch close to the folded edge of the napkins all the way around. Admire the lovely corners you just made.

Reversible fabric placemats with coordinating napkins

That's it! Honestly, pressing the napkin hems and corners is the most time-consuming part of the whole project. The sewing part is a snap!

Reversible fabric placemats with coordinating napkins



Reversible Placemats & Coordinating Napkins Reviewed by Pam Long on 6:29 AM Rating: 5 Hi everyone! It's Pam from  Leaves & Stitches  back with a tutorial for a simple set of reve...