Table Setting Place Mats

colorful fabric placemat with fabric applique place settings. Coral overlay with "Sew Your Way to a Perfectly Set Table" header and Hartford Stitch at Home logo

It seems like November 1st rolls around and my Pinterest feed is immediately full of these incredible table settings for the holidays. I'm not complaining, I love a good tablescape and eagerly start pinning away.

But if we're being honest, it's the every day table setting that we need to focus on in my house. My kids are in charge of setting the table and it's usually a slapdash of silverware, napkins and cups that we then have to sort out once everyone is seated.

Teaching my kids table manners is extremely important to me (having been grilled on them as a kid by my parents) and, despite their protests, I'm not about to let my kids get off easy. Enter this colorful, fun, and easy to make place mat! There will be no question going forward about what goes where (the rest of those pesky manners will still be a work in progress).

This tutorial does assume some sewing experience (how to measure and cut fabric, set up your machine and basic sewing skills). If you're brand new to sewing check out our Kids Learn to Sew Ecourse to learn EVERYTHING you need to know to start sewing!

Bright colorful projects including a green and blue pillow with a yellow crescent moon, a yellow messenger bag with multi colored hearts, a colored pencil roll up in red floral. Plus sewing machine, bolts of fabric and various sewuing tools. A banner at the bottom reads "Kds Learn to Sew E-Course. Creative, practical, empowering. Also shown: a Hartford Stitch at Home logo

When you're ready, let's get started on the place mat! You can watch the full video, with lots of extra helpful information here:

Or keep reading fora pictorial step-by-step keep reading!

Step 1: Gathering your materials and tools

Hartford Stitch at Home logo. Photo shows a colorful applique placemat, stack of scraps, and a spool of blue thread. A caption box lists out materials needed.


-1/2 yard lightweight home dec fabric for the place mat backing. You can use quilting cotton but it's going to be a little flimsy.

-Various scraps for the table setting at least this size:

- 12" x 12" for the plate (or use a Fat Quarter)

- 5" x 10" for the napkin

- 3" x 10" for each the fork, knife and spoon

- 3" x 3" for the cup

- 1 yard of double sided fusible webbing. This is way more than you need but from my experience teaching kids, it's good to have extra on hand.

- thread

-Utensil pattern (download here)

Tools needed for Hartford Stitch at Home video on handmade placemats to sew at home.


-Clear grid ruler or similar

-Fabric scissors

-Paper scissors

-Thread snips

-Seam ripper



-Chalk or other Marking tool

-Dinner plate and cup as templates

-Iron and ironing mat/board

-Sewing machine

Not sure about all this tools or why you need them? Check out our free video on Basic Tools!

Step 2: Measuring and Cutting

  1. Cut your home dec fabric into 2 pieces that are 15"h x 21"w

  2. Cut your double sided fusible webbing into:

-Plate 12" x 12"

-Napkin 5" x 10"

-Fork, spoon, and knife: 3" x 10" each

-Drink: 3" x 3"

3. Place the utensil template on the table and layer one of the 3" x 10" on top over the fork. Make sure the paper side (not the rough side) is facing up. Trace along the fork design with your pencil. Repeat with the other utensils, the plate and the cup.

How to use double sided fusible webbing for applique on the Hartford Stitch at Home video on handmade placemats to sew at home.

4. Cover your ironing mat with a press cloth (a thin cloth like a muslin or a tea towel). Place one piece of fabric wrong side facing up and place the matching webbing piece paper side facing up (the rough side, which is the glue, should be touching the fabric).

How to iron on double sided fusible webbing for fabric applique for Hartford Stitch at Home video on handmade placemats to sew at home.