Picnic Placemats with Utensil Pockets
June 12, 2012
While recently hunting through a local fabric store, I came across a few rolls of laminated cotton and became obsessed with the idea of creating something out of this very cool material. I didn’t buy that day but the idea was wedged in my brain for a few months. Laminated cottons like these are great for lining makeup or tote bags or even making tablecloths, but I had something slightly different in mind.
With all the weekend picnicking we like to do with the kids, I got to thinking I could combine this reversible placemat idea with this makeup brush holder idea and I came up with picnic placemats with pockets for utensils for all of our summer outings.
In a patriotic spirit, I chose red and white fabrics and I love how the touch of red check is a throwback to the traditional tablecloth in the same classic pattern.
Here’s the step by step on how to make these charming picnic placemats!
A yard of 54” wide fabric yields four placemats but it doesn’t allow for extra fabric for the pockets or ties, so if you’re making four, it’s best to get a minimum of 1 ½ yards for four. If you want to make them with two different fabrics, then get the extra yardage in the second fabric of choice. Here are the basic pieces you’ll need for each placemat.
The first step is to form the pockets for the utensils. To do so, fold over 6” x 10” pocket piece so the folded part forms the top. Fold under the raw edges of both sides and secure to front left corner with either a decorative or straight stitch.
Create pockets for the utensils that include a space for knife, fork, spoon, and napkin.
Sew ties by folding over ends and stitching either straight down the middle or up and down both sides.
To make the placemat, turn the fabric inside out and be sure to use pins to secure your fabric together. Laminated cotton is prone to puckering, so continue to constantly smooth it down during the entire process.
Leave a small opening on one side to turn the fabric inside out and also secure the ties to the side.
As a final step, sew together the leftover opening and carefully stitch all around the perimeter of the placemat to make sure it lays flat and smooth.
When you’re done, you’ll have a charming picnic placemat with pockets to hold utensils and a napkin for your next outdoor luncheon.
And everyone loves a picnic!
Another nice feature is they all roll up and tuck away into your picnic basket or backpack.
The laminated cotton wipes down easily so there are no worries with most spills. Yet another reason to kick back and relax!
Is there a better way to spend a lazy summer afternoon?
I’m not sure there is. :)