Placemat To Teach Place Setting

Even Carson would approve of our elegant placemat that teaches proper Downtown table manners! Whether you are dining at the Abbey or in your dining room, your child can learn proper place setting simply by placing their dining ware over our mat!

  • Cotton fabric in your choice of pattern 1/2 yard
  • Cotton fabric in a solid light color 1/2 yard
  • Freezer paper
  • Thread
  • Cotton Batting
* see #4 below for ingredients to set ink.

Download these vintage plate and silverware graphics at the Graphic Fairy. In MS Word paste the images into the place setting as seen above on 8 1/2 " x 11" document.

To print the design onto the fabric, cut a piece of fabric and a piece of freezer paper,  to standard paper size  8 1/2" X 11". Then iron fabric and freezer paper together (wax side to fabric).

Once the fabric and the freezer paper are fused, put them in my printer's paper tray and printed my table setting document onto the fabric side.

Now, because theses placemats will get plenty of washings, we'll need to set the ink. Allow the ink to dry completely (about 24 hours). Then  dry iron fabric on both sides. Next, wash fabric in a bowl with the following recipe:

  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp alum
  • 1 tbsp washing soda
  • 4 cups of cold water

Allow fabric to soak for about 15 minutes. Then gently wring out the water and placed fabric into the dryer to further heat set the ink.

For the border and back of the placemat,  cut (2) 2 1/2 " X 15 1/2" rectangles,  (2) 9" X 2 1/2" rectangles, and a 151/2 x 13 " rectangle. Cut a 15 1/2 x 13" piece of cotton batting.

Attach your two 9 1/2 " rectangles to the sides of your solid fabric using a 1/4" seam. (1/4 inch should extend above the top and bottom. Next, sew your two 2/12" x 15 1/2" rectangles to the top and bottom of your solid placemat using 1/4" seams. Sewing all the way, attaching side border.

Lay fabrics right sides together with cotton batting on top. Sew around three of the border, (top, bottom, and one side) 1/4 " seam. To have nice pointed corners on your place mat, you'll want to trim off excess material from the corners. This is the corner material outside the seam. You'll be cutting out small triangles from the corner. Press all seams open and flat.

Turn placemat right side out. With a pencil push inside corners out to a point. Tuck in open side seam 1/4" and pin. Sew a seam over the top of the placemat close to the edge. Then sew another seam around the inner fabric's border to secure batting.


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