Numbered Placemats

Numbers are hot, hot, hot right now!!  I am loving the idea of numbers.... so I decided to make some numbered placemats!  Admittedly, we rarely use placemats.  My hubby thinks casual is the way to go, so I never had much need for *cute* placemats until now.  I've decided to up my game with my kitchen table setting!
Do you want to know how to make your own??  Here is what I did:
1.  Cut your fabric.  
I used duck cloth because I wanted something sturdy.  I decided to make 4 red placemats and 4 white placemats.  I cut my fabric pieces about 16 x 20.  I needed a front and back for each placemat.  Iron your fabric so it's nice and smooth before painting.
2.  Make stencils using freezer paper.  
I used my Cricut to cut out my number stencils, but you could also you a razor blade.
3.  Iron on your freezer paper stencils.
Be sure that you iron your freezer paper with the smooth side down.  I also ironed some scrap freezer paper on the under side of my duck cloth to prevent any bleeding.
4.  Prepare to paint your numbers!
I painted white numbers on my red placemats and white numbers on my red placemats.  I used Tulip Matte paints.
5.  Paint your numbers.
I painted over my stencil, let the paint dry for about an hour before repeating.  I gave each number 3 coats of paint.
6.  Pin your front and back together.
Pin right sides together (that means the number you painted will face inside).
7.  Sew together.
Sew all the way around the placemat with a 1/2 inch seam allowance.  Leave a spot to turn inside out.  I like to leave my opening in the center of one of the 4 sides.
8.  Turn inside out.
After clipping my 4 corners, I turned my placemat inside out.  I really had to work my 4 corners to get them as pointy as possible.  I like to use a tool like a pencil eraser to poke out those corners.
9.  Sew up the opening.
Sew up the opening of your placemat!  
10.  Press your seams
Give those beauties a nice, finished look by pressing the seams.  
I am so happy with how my placemats turned out!!  So simple.  So elegant!
Now all I need is new table setting to match!!  
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Comments

  1. staci @ lizard n ladybug says:

    these look so simple & so darn cute!!

  2. I actually think I can sew a placemat after seeing your tutorial! I might give these a try.

  3. Michele {The Scrap Shoppe} says:

    I so wish I could sew, but then again I so wish I even had a machine! You make all these sewing projects look so easy! Love the placemats!!

  4. Jenglamgirl says:

    SO DANG STINKEN CUTE! great job love it. I LOVE your sweet comments too, you brighten my day. THANKS for being a doll and linking up as well! HUGS, Jenn

  5. This is super cute – it would also be cute with initials! Thanks so much for sharing this great idea :)

  6. Beverly @ FlamingoToes.com says:

    Very cute! I love the red and white combo. Great job!!

  7. So stinkin cute! Lovin the numbers all over the place too!
    ~Susan
    http://www.3punkmom.blogspot.com

  8. Those are super cute!! I love that you painted on the numbers!

  9. Thanks for linking up to the Mad Skills party!

  10. Cassie @ Primitive & Proper says:

    those are soo cute! i love the opposing colors!

  11. Cassie @ Primitive & Proper says:

    those are soo cute! i love the opposing colors!

  12. Cassie @ Primitive & Proper says:

    those are soo cute! i love the opposing colors!

  13. Cassie @ Primitive & Proper says:

    those are soo cute! i love the opposing colors!

  14. Sassy Sites! says:

    CUTE!!! I love your blog! Great ideas! I am your newest follower. Stop by Sassy Sites and say HI! :)

  15. These are great! They turned out so wonderfully! And perfectly simple too. Thanks so much for the sweet comment on my blog. So flattering that you look at my stuff because your blog is AMAZING! Thanks!

    Amanda
    Colors Not Yet Invented

  16. ificould says:

    Love these! Featuring this post today!

  17. Your placemats turned out adorable! Thanks for the great tutorial, and for linking @Creative Itch's "Sew Cute Tuesday"!

  18. Love Love LOVE these placemats! My dream is to make some with initials and monograms. I have a similar project using dinner napkins that I give away as wedding presents. Come check out my blog!

    http://www.rockiescrafts.blogspot.com

  19. Cool! Thanks for linking up to Mad Skills Monday!

  20. Staci J says:

    Those are great Allison! I LOVE those colors too:)

  21. Madigan at madiganmade says:

    These are adorable. I love red.

  22. Lolly Jane says:

    super fun! found ya from fine craft guild. :)

  23. Cute cute cute! I want some! I have never heard of duck cloth, but it looks awesome! Thanks for linking up to Hoo's got talent!

  24. Kimberlee says:

    How fun! Love the idea, I still need to try out freezer paper stencils. Visiting from Take a Look Tuesday. You pics for this post are great.
    ~Kimberlee
    http://www.thespunkydiva.blogspot.com

  25. Oh, I love numbers too! Your Place mat turned out so nicely. Thank you for sharing!

  26. Michelle @ Sweet Something says:

    Great job! I love the number detail, nice!

  27. What a cute project. Plus the red and white is a nice change from neutrals and black :).

  28. Its A Blog Party says:

    Cute idea!
    Thanks for linking up!
    ~Liz

  29. Ashlee @ I'm Topsy Turvy says:

    These turned out SO cute~ Once the remodel is done and I actually have my OWN dining room table I'll have to come back and try these out! Thanks for the great tutorial and Thank you for linking up to Topsy Turvy Tuesdays!

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