Sunday, February 14, 2010

Four-sided placemats

Can life get anymore exciting than four-sided placemats???  I hope so but until it does, four-sided placemats will have to do. 
I first heard about 4-sided placemats this past Friday at my monthly sewing club meeting. When the store owner passed around her sample of the 4-sided placemat she made, I knew I had to have the directions. Luckily, I bought the last set she had in the store.
The 4-sided placemats are based on a pretty neat design concept & luckily, are pretty simple to make. A plastic template is included with the directions and the template makes it so easy to cut out the fabrics. Ironing interfacing on each piece seemed to take longer than the sewing.
I hate to sound like a commercial but the possibilities for these placemats are endless.  Seasonal prints are the most obvious.  Four fabrics, each representing a season, could easily be used.  When the season changes, just flip the placemat to another side.
Imagine the fun someone could have making these placemats with children in mind.
I don't have much themed fabric on hand so I just used 4 different prints for the one in the photos.
The placemats measure 14" X 19" which is a good size for a placemat.  A dinner-sized plate and a place setting of silverware easily fit on the placemat.


  1. Hi Arlene - great blog. Your enthusiasm comes through so well! And lucky for us, you have the talent to match.

    I love two-sided placemats. I have a set I bought at a craft fair many years ago. What I love about them is that they're seasonal. One side has a lush fall foliage pattern for autumn and the other has a snowman pattern for winter. What I don't love so much is how small they are - yours look like a better size. Anyway, just wanted to pass along the seasonal idea. (A summery pattern on one side, July 4th on the other; summery on one side; cheery umbrellas on the other; you see where I'm going...) Ciao for now! Miriam

  2. I need to brag about a victory from years back. My friend's kid likes lighthouses. The roommate likes dolphins. So I made them placemats with dolphins on one side and lighthouses on the other side. If you sew, you are thinkling "Big Deal". But if you don't sew, IT'S A MIRACLE.