Simple Reversible Placemats Tutorial – Beginner Sewing Projects

Grab some pretty fabric to sew simple placemats for your table. It’s easy!

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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 to set the table for holidays, special occasions, and everyday.

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?


Two printed cotton fabrics, rotary cutter, sewing clips, acrylic ruler, cutting mat
  • 1 yard Fabric (1/2 yard of each fabric if you are using two)
  • Coordinating Thread
  • Sewing Clips
  • Rotary Cutter
  • Acrylic Ruler
  • Cutting Mat
  • Iron
  • Ironing Board
  • Sewing Machine

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 square up the fabric before cutting it too.

How to Sew Placemats

Step 1

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 use your sewing machine to sew around the perimeter using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Leave a 4″ opening on one side for turning.

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.

Sewing machine stitching around placemat

Step 5

Next, reach through the opening and turn the placemat right side out.

Turning the placemat right side out

A turning tool or chopstick can be helpful to gently press the corners out to a point.

Right side out placemat with turning tool

Step 6

Press the placemat. (Don’t skip this step! Pressing is important to achieve a professional looking sewing project.)

Right side out placemat with opening at side

Step 7

Tuck the opening into itself, and clip to hold.

Three sewing clips holding the opening closed

Step 8

Finally, top stitch all the way around the placemat as close the edge as possible with your sewing machine.

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

You made a placemat!

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

Don’t forget to pin this project for later, and check out some more sewing projects for beginners listed below.

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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