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Placemat Flatware Pocket

 

Free project instructions to make a flatware pocket from a placemat.

Setting a beautiful table is such a satisfying accomplishment, and with flatware holders made from placemats, it's easier than you might think!

Designs smaller than 3" by 3" will work best on the flatware pocket flaps. Scroll down this page to see a whole bunch of smaller designs that will fit perfectly.

Read on to see how easy these elegant silverware holders are to make!

Kenny whipped up these elegant flatware pockets using only one placemat.

 
 


Free project instructions to make a flatware pocket from a placemat.

Supplies Needed:

**One placemat (cut in half widthwise -- one placemat will make two pockets)

**Medium weight cutaway stabilizer

**Temporary spray adhesive

**Needle and thread for some hand sewing


Finished Size:
9 1/2" wide by 9" high (finished size will depend on the size of the placemat). I found my placemats at Target and Home Goods. They are also available at many retail stores, such as Walmart, Marshalls, and Kohl's.

Designs Used:

I used the small size of the Little Acorns design. For this project, designs smaller than 3" by 3" will fit on the pocket flaps. Be sure to check out the bottom of this page for other designs that would fit perfectly on the placemat flatware pocket.  

 


Free project instructions to make a flatware pocket from a placemat.

 


First, fold the placemat together widthwise (short ends aligned) and cut it in half along the fold. If possible, fold the fabric of the opening inside the placemat 1/2", press with an iron, and sew a 1/8" seam along the open edge. 

If the placemat will not fold in, simply sew a 1/8" seam along the open edge.

E
mbroider the designs at each top corner on the wrong side of the placemat as close to the edges as possible. I chose smaller designs that fit well within the area (up to 3" wide by 3" high). 

Spray a piece of medium weight cutaway stabilizer with temporary adhesive, smooth the placemat on top, and embroidery the designs.



Free project instructions to make a flatware pocket from a placemat.

 

Next, fold the placemat in thirds widthwise (fold side edges inward) starting with the left side and then the right -- fold back the upper corners as you go allowing the designs to fully show. Pin in the folds in place and sew a 1/8" seam along the bottom edge only, working around the top fold.



Free project instructions to make a flatware pocket from a placemat.
 

Tack the top fold in place by hand stitching at the bottom and the side. Insert a napkin and silverware and you are ready to eat!


Free project instructions to make a flatware pocket from a placemat.

 
You can make every day special with lovely place settings! Placemat flatware holders with embroidery designs you love are a great-- and quick -- way to personalize dining decor.

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Products used in this Project:

Apple Slices Border $2.99

Available in 1 Size:

2.89" x 1.55"

Sweet Grapes and Vines Border $2.99

Available in 1 Size:

2.98" x 1.77"

Chef Crest $1.99 - $3.99

Available in 4 Sizes:

6.26" x 5.86" | 5.19" x 4.86" | 3.86" x 3.62" | 2.51" x 2.35"

Sweet Cherries with Blossoms $2.99

Available in 1 Size:

2.73" x 2.65"

Fruit Cocktail $1.99 - $2.99

Available in 2 Sizes:

3.01" x 2.51" | 2.01" x 1.69"

Country Harvest Pumpkin $1.99

Available in 1 Size:

1.97" x 2.01"

Merry Mushroom $1.99 - $2.99

Available in 2 Sizes:

2.98" x 2.87" | 1.99" x 1.93"

Pineapple - No Text $2.99

Available in 2 Sizes:

2.39" x 3.42" | 1.94" x 2.76"

Pears $2.99

Available in 1 Size:

2.33" x 2.76"

Autumn Rose $3.99 - $4.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

5.11" x 4.85" | 3.85" x 3.66" | 2.51" x 2.39"

Art Deco Hibiscus $2.99 - $3.99

Available in 2 Sizes:

3.40" x 3.86" | 2.21" x 2.51"

Autumn Sunflower 2 $2.99

Available in 1 Size:

1.89" x 2.85"

Avant Garden Flower 12 $1.99 - $2.99

Available in 2 Sizes:

2.73" x 4.47" | 1.55" x 2.52"

Floral in Damask $1.99 - $3.99

Available in 2 Sizes:

3.01" x 3.01" | 2.01" x 2.01"

Bachelor Button Corner $2.99 - $4.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

4.87" x 4.87" | 3.87" x 3.87" | 2.51" x 2.51"

Light and Lively Cardinal $1.49 - $2.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

4.86" x 5.06" | 3.71" x 3.86" | 2.41" x 2.51"

Bluebird (Toile) $1.99 - $2.99

Available in 2 Sizes:

3.76" x 3.85" | 2.78" x 2.86"

Autumn Owl $2.99

Available in 1 Size:

2.48" x 2.31"

Antique Birdcage Key and Bird $2.99 - $5.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

4.86" x 6.04" | 3.11" x 3.86" | 2.00" x 2.50"

Antique Ornament $2.99 - $3.99

Available in 2 Sizes:

2.91" x 3.85" | 1.89" x 2.50"

Bright Star Sugar Cookie $2.99 - $3.99

Available in 2 Sizes:

3.86" x 3.74" | 2.51" x 2.43"

Christmas Petit Four $3.99 - $4.99

Available in 2 Sizes:

3.84" x 3.32" | 2.49" x 2.16"

Little Acorns $1.00 - $2.99

Available in 2 Sizes:

3.00" x 3.00" | 1.99" x 2.00"