Simple Reversible Placemats Tutorial

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Sewing placemats is one of the absolute easiest sewing projects. It is perfect for children and adults who are learning to sew. The hardest part is choosing a fabric or two for your placemats. If you use a different fabric on each side, they can be reversible. This placemat pattern is so quick to sew you will want to make them set the table for holidays, special occasions, and every day. How about a unique fabric for each member of the family?

If you are new to sewing and nervous about cutting into your carefully selected fabric, print out these sewing practice sheets first. Stitch along the longs of the paper until you get the hang of your machine. Then move onto sewing placemats when you are comfortable. Ready to get started?

What You’ll Need:

Two printed cotton fabrics, rotary cutter, sewing clips, acrylic ruler, cutting mat

It is best to use 100% cotton fabric for this project. Quilting cotton is available in tons of prints and is a good choice. It is prone to shrink, so wash, dry, and press the fabric. Then make sure to square up the fabric before cutting it too.

Simple Reversible Placemats Tutorial

Step 1

To start the simple reversible placemats sewing tutorial, begin by cutting your fabric into 13″ x 20″ rectangles. You will need two rectangles for each placemat.

Two fabrics cut to size with rotary cutter and acrylic ruler

Step 2

Layer two of the rectangles on top of each other with right sides together.

Step 3

Align the edges, then use sewing clips or straight pins to hold them in place.

Two layers of fabric stacked with right sides together, held with sewing clips around perimeter

Step 4

Now on this simple placemats tutorial, it’s time to sew! Use your sewing machine to sew around the perimeter using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Leave a 4″ opening on one side for turning. One tip for sewing corners is that when approaching a corner, stop sewing one seam allowance away from the edge. Then lift the footer. Turn the fabric, and continue sewing down the next side. This makes it simple to sew nice, crisp corners every time.

Sewing machine stitching around placemat

Step 5

Next, reach through the opening and turn the placemat right side out. We are about halfway through this simple reversible placemats sewing tutorial!

Turning the placemat right side out

A turning tool or chopstick can be helpful to gently press the corners out to a point. You can even use a pencil for this. Whatever you have on hand is fine.

Right side out placemat with turning tool

Step 6

Press the placemat with an iron. Don’t skip this step! Pressing is important to achieve a professional-looking sewing project. Pressing gives you nice, flat, and crisp edges to your work.

Right side out placemat with opening at side

Step 7

Tuck the opening that you used to turn the fabric right side out back into itself. Use a clip to hold it closed.

Three sewing clips holding the opening closed

Step 8

For the last step in the reversible placemats sewing tutorial, top stitch all the way around the placemat as close the edge as possible with your sewing machine. This will close the gap you left open and give your placemats a nice finished look.

Two fabric placemats in different fabrics - one with mustard yellow flowers and the other with bees, flowers and foliage

And that’s it! Now you know how to make these simple reversible placemats! If you have kids, these placemats can add some longevity to your tabletop! Plus, they can make cleanup after meals a bit easier. Make these to match your decor to add some nice color and accent to your room.

The fabric will hold up well to crumbs and spills. Launder the placemats when needed. Pressing after laundering may be needed.

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Yield: 1 Placemat

Simple Reversible Placemat Sewing Project

Simple Reversible Placemat Sewing Project

How to sew reversible fabric placemats.

Active Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $5.00


  1. Wash, dry and press fabric
  2. Square fabric
  3. Cut four rectangles 13" x 20"
  4. Stack two rectangles with right sides together
  5. Clip and repeat for remaining rectangles
  6. Sew with 1/4" seam allowance, leaving 4" gap
  7. Turn right side out
  8. Push out corners
  9. Press
  10. Close gap and clip
  11. Top stitch around perimeter


100% cotton fabric is recommended

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