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« on: May 17, 2014 10:13:22 AM »

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.

- oil cloth
- bias tape binding
- ribbon
- 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!


« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2014 11:18:47 AM »

Great idea. We had our first picnic today and I think these would have gone down a treat.

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« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2014 01:56:18 PM »

How cute! You always make the cutest things!  Cheesy

Thanks for the tute Lime! Should make me a few   Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: May 17, 2014 02:53:25 PM »

Note to self: learn how to sew from LimeRiot.

Your place mats are just wonderful!!! Thanks for adding the tute, even though if I ever make them they will look like I drank the bottle of wine beforehand. You've got awesome skills with your machine!

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« Reply #4 on: May 17, 2014 03:12:25 PM »

I LOVE this so much! So bright and happy.

« Reply #5 on: May 18, 2014 12:48:16 AM »

Thanks for this great tutorial!  Yours look like the perfect accessory for summer Smiley

I think this might make a good use for that oilcloth that I'm being tempted by in my local fabric store  Smiley

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« Reply #6 on: May 18, 2014 10:21:33 AM »

Note to self: learn how to sew from LimeRiot.

You're too kind, pottermouth! I actually suck at sewing and spend most of the time cussing with my seam ripper in hand Cheesy. This project is super easy though - no fancy sewing skills required.

There are some helpful directions for mitered corners here... http://wearinghistoryblog.com/2011/12/how-to-one-step-bias-binding-outside-corners/.

Lileta, I'm always tempted by the oil cloth at fabric stores too! It's so bright and cheery.

Thanks for all the nice comments. I hope this inspires some picnic outings!

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« Reply #7 on: May 18, 2014 05:17:55 PM »

Such a great idea, and using oil cloth is genius. Smiley

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« Reply #8 on: May 21, 2014 05:50:10 AM »

I love these! Thanks for the great tutorial. Your stitching is impeccable. I'm afraid mine would look like I'd been in the wine with pottermouth. Cheesy

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« Reply #9 on: August 08, 2016 02:57:38 AM »

Wow. What a brilliant idea! I don't have sewing machine to make it seam neat as yours.
It is so pratcical. I can even adapt to my stationery holder as well.
Thank you so much for sharing!! Wink Wink Wink

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