Wednesday, November 11, 2015


It is hard to believe in a couple of weeks we will be celebrating Thanksgiving Day.
Time is flying for us and preparations for all the upcoming holidays are very well underway.

This year we will have a full house, so I started getting ready several weeks ago.
First thing I am concentrating on is our Thanksgiving table, so I decided to make some burlap placemats.

They are very simple, as you can see, but I think they go nicely with the rest of the setting and our new 
dinning room furniture ( more to come on that).

This is a small tutorial on how I made them. Very easy!
First, choose your burlap. I went with a more rustic one from Hancock Fabrics. I needed to make 10 placemats, 
so I bought 2 1/2 yards at $3.99 a yard.
I had a 50% off coupon, so I was able to get all the fabric I needed for $5.00.

I wanted the placemats to be square, 15" x 15".
I cut the fabric in that size and then measured an inch off all four sides and sew a straight line all around.
Your square is going to be 13" x 13".

 Then all you do to fray your edges is start pulling the extra strings off to create the little fringe.
The line you sew is going to prevent your fabric from unraveling.

 As soon as that is done, just trim it down to about an inch.

 With that all finished, I made a stencil using freezer paper and the Silhouette Cameo.

 Love this method of using stencils because all you do is iron it to your fabric and it stays in place

 And then you are ready to start stenciling any letters or design you like.

 I wanted to add a little embellishment to them so I went to Michaels and found these tiny Fall brads. 
I once again used a coupon so I paid about $1.50 for them.

And here is the finished product.

 I was able to make ten placemats for $6.50 and my time.
Not bad!
I hope this post gives you the inspiration to make your own for any time of the year.
Thank you all so much for stopping by.

See you soon!


  1. I am using up supplies and found some burlap at the bottom of the pile. I might just copy your idea.

  2. Simple and elegant. Love the ring. The place mat is pretty. Beautiful share. Do visit me too. Thank you Elena. Hugs. Sujatha.

  3. This is fabulously perfect Maria Elena!! LOVE! It can even make great gifts! I know I would love them! :-)

  4. That's very pretty! Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving.

  5. These are gorgeous Maria. I love placemats and I can never really find exactly what I'm looking for. I think about making them and then I don't! I am pinning this so I will!! Happy Veterans Day to your veterans and thanks to them!

  6. These are so pretty! I like the added embellishment too. Can't believe you made 10 of them for so little! You go, girl! :)

  7. What a cute idea! Too bad I'm not so talented as you are! Everyone will be impressed when they see those!

  8. Wow! Lovely job! These placemats are labor-intensive and I commend you on your hard work! Your family will love your beautiful decor.

  9. Wow these are so cute and fun. Maria you rocked it out with this DIY.

  10. Could you tell me how to use freezer paper for your Silhouette. I have one but I know I am not using it to it's full capability. I need all the help I can get. Sorry I have to do anonymous because I don't know how to do anything else. I will check back. Thank you in advance.

    1. It is very easy, just cut freezer paper to size and stick on your mat shiny side down. I set my blade at 2. You can email me at and I can help you in any way you need. it is probably easier by email. Maria

  11. Love these! I have some burlap stashed away so maybe I will give this a try! Pinning!

  12. Wow! They are so pretty! I am so impressed....Christine

  13. I love how they turned out! The stencil and the fall leaf brad makes all the difference. Thanks for sharing the tutorial.


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