The clouds are parting, the sun is warming the grass, the white wine cravings are kicking in... all signals that picnic season is here!
I made these oil cloth placemats a while back and they've proven to be handy for outdoor dining. Supplies
- oil cloth
- bias tape binding
- sewing machine.
1. Start by cutting 2 pieces of oil cloth approximately 16" wide and 12.5" tall for the inside and outside pieces.
2. Cut a 5" x 7" piece to make your cutlery pocket.
3. Fold the top edge of the pocket piece by 1/2" and add a top stitch.
4. Fold over the remaining edges and stitch the pocket to the inside mat piece. Oil cloth is a little tricky to fold so I found it was easiest to top stitch around the whole pocket and then stitch it onto the mat piece - either way works!
5. Use a glue stick to glue the inside and outside pieces of the mat together, wrong sides facing. This will keep the pieces from sliding around while you add your binding.
6. Tuck your inside and outside mat pieces into the fold of the bias tape. Use hair clips to hold the binding in place before you sew. You can also use pins but they can be tough to insert into oil cloth and can also leave holes.
7. As a finishing step, sew a piece of ribbon to one of the short sides of your mat so that you can tie it up in a roll for easy packing.
Now, just pack up your picnic goodies, your new placemats, a bottle of summer wine (optional but recommended) and get outside!