DIY Placemats

Hello everyone from Charlotte, NC.  I can’t tell you how happy I am to have Jordan back in the South.  She is just a six hour drive away.  Considering that she once lived in Hawaii which was six time zones away, I feel as if she is practically in our back yard.  Instead of the painting that we should be doing (we already have spent hours on the task), we are both snuggled up on her sofa doing computer work.  Since I am supposed to be writing a blog right now, let’s get to it.

DIY placemats

My daughter-in-law Josie is a world traveler.  (She married into the right family).  Not only does she travel for pleasure, but she logs a lot of air miles for her job as an award-winning (Academy Award nominee/Emmy Award winner) documentary film producer.  She knows just what I like, and the last time she was in South Africa, she picked up the cutest gift for me, and I think it is something that you clever ones could easily DIY.

 

 

DIY placemats

She gave me a set of perfect-for-fall placemats and napkins.  They were made by women who are using their hands to earn money for their families.

 

 

DIY placemats

The cool factor is that they are changeable.  By removing the cloth cover and adding a new one, there can be a whole new look.  I am not sure what the base is made of, but a thin MDF board cut in a circle might work.  The cloth cover fits very tightly,  and getting a snug fit would probably be the most challenging part of the project.

 

 

DIY placemats

The seam is very flat so that the placemat isn’t wobbly when it is when being used.

 

 

DIY Placemats

We think making these placemats would be a great personalized Christmas gift.  You could use holiday fabrics or fabrics that match the receiver’s decor.  If any of you make them, let us know how they turn out.

Well, it’s time to get back to painting.  Have a great rest of the day, and thanks so much for spending part of it with us.

Take care.

Comments

  1. Josie says

    Hey there, South African place mats!! They look great! Think I’ll have time to DIY 13+ of them before Thanksgiving?!