Do you have a beloved pair of jeans that you don’t want to throw away but you know you will never fit into again? Or maybe they are out of style so they are taking up real estate in your closet? I’ll show you how to turn your old jeans into placemats.
I had an old placemat pattern I used as a guide but you can draw it out on paper. The finished measurement of the placemat is 13” x 19”.
One pair of jeans gave me enough material to sew 4 placemats. I started with the back left side but sewed it so the pocket is on the right. Then I cut the lower leg and pieced it on the pattern so the placemats would all be close to the same size. Using pieces of stitch witchery, I ironed the 2 pieces together so they wouldn’t move when I sewed them together.
Sew along the edge to make sure the 2 pieces are secure. Use thread that matches the thread color that the jeans have.
Now, these are rustic looking so I didn’t worry about fine finished hems or edges. Besides I didn’t want the placemats to be bulky.
But what I did do was sew a coordinating fabric on the other side. In my case I bought 4 fat quarters because I was planning on using bandanas but when I saw the material in the bandana pattern I was sold. It takes about a yard, less if the material is 54” or wider.
The jean part of the placemat is not square so I ironed the lining on one side and matched it to the top edge of the placemat. Then the next. Once I was satisfied I trimmed the side and did the third one repeating the steps and finally the fourth side. I just used the placemat as the guide so the two pieces of material would fit together.
Pin the lining to the jean placemat, wrong sides together. Sew along the edge and once again about a ¼ inch from the edge.
For the next back pocket placemat, cut the right side of the jean with the back pocket and place it on the pattern on the right. Take the material from the lower leg and cut to fit the pattern. Don’t forget to use the stitch witchery to tack it down. Sew the pieces together. I did a double seam to mimic how jeans are made when I sewed the pieces together because I had cut along the inner leg.
Repeat this process using the front of the jeans. The only difference is you will have to piece 3 pieces of fabric together because there is less fabric on the front. Otherwise, it is the same concept.
Now let’s face it these placemats are not for a formal dinner but I think they are a fun way to set the table and just a little bit different looking. And if you like the flowers in the centerpiece, you can make them also. Along with the tray that I also made. What do you think?
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