#SEWING: Recycling Old Table Covers Into Placemats

My mother-in-law gave me old table covers the last time they visited us this year but they were all too small for my dining table. I decided to recycle and reuse them by turning them into placemats. I wouldn’t throw these in the washer to clean. A good wipe after every use would suffice.

For the plain orange and wine print covers, I sewed them back to back so I could flip the mats. They’re perfect for Fall season.

For the trim, I used an old maroon round fabric table cover as bias. I don’t have a round table anymore but I kept the table cover because I can always fold it and have used as a decor. Good thing I’ve kept it and now put into other use. I just cut the fabric into wide strips, folded, ironed, then sewed around the edges.

I had enough material to make cup mats too. The stitching is not perfect coz this is when I was having problems with the thread tension and when that happens I start to get frustrated. It all worked out in the end, albeit imperfect, because I still got 8 mats to match.

Now I also have “new” Christmas season placemats. I used white fabric to sew as the bottom part. I didn’t have anything to create a tonal(or anything Christmassy) bias though for these mats so I just used the extras from the same cover to create the trims.

Dexie Jane

Mother of 2. She drinks coffee everyday and wine on the weekends. She devours massive amount of chocolate, pork, and sushi. She loves to dance in her living room and binge-watches KDRAMA, historical dramas, and excessive unhealthy dose of Crime/Murder mysteries/dramas/documentaries. She's also a proud Bibliophile and loves being a bargain fashionista & SHOEHOLIC!

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