Denim Placemats

Denim Placemats



With an old pair of jeans, you can make some brand new denim placemats!

A handy pocket is perfect for a napkin or silverware. Choose from thousands of designs and then coordinate the colors and fabrics to create a set that matches your kitchen.

Read below for these free project instructions!

Supplies Needed:

**A pair of jeans (we used adult
  size - pant legs are 9 inches
  wide at the knee)

**1/2 yard cotton fabric (for

**Medium weight cutaway

**Air-erase pen (or other
   marking tool)

**Temporary spray adhesive

**Heavy sewing thread

**Seam ripper

Designs used: 

Poppy Spray (large), Poppy Accent

Finished Size:

19 1/4 inches wide by 14 1/4 inches high

Using a seam ripper, remove one of the back pockets by taking out the seams on the sides and bottom of the pocket.


Next, we will prepare the pocket for embroidery.

Create a paper template of the design by printing it at full size using embroidery software. If you don't have embroidery software, you can cut a piece of paper the shape and dimensions of the design to help with placement and centering.

Lay the template on the front of the pocket and center it by first measuring the width of the pocket and dividing by two.  Then, measure the height of the pocket and divide by two.  Using an air-erase pen (or other marking tool), poke a hole in the center of the template and mark the fabric. Mark the horizontal and vertical axis points as well.


Cut a piece of cutaway stabilizer a bit larger than your hoop and spray it with temporary adhesive. Smooth the pocket on top of the stabilizer and draw lines to connect the axis points. Extend the lines out onto the stabilizer.


Hoop the pocket and stabilizer together by aligning the marks on the hoop with the lines on the fabric/stabilizer. The top corners of our pocket were a bit thick so we hooped the pocket with the corners extending just outside the top of the hoop.  You may notice that not all of the edges of the pocket are hooped - this is ok. The adhesive on the stabilizer will hold the pocket in place.


Attach the hoop to the machine and load the design. Move the hoop so that the needle is directly over the center point on the fabric. Embroider the design.


When the design has finished, trim away the excess stabilizer on the back of the embroidery.


Now we will cut the legs of the jeans to prepare the fabric for the front panel of the placemat.  First, trim off the bottom hems of the pant legs.


Measure and mark 20 inches up each leg starting at the bottom corners. Draw a line to connect the marks and then cut along the line through both layers of fabric.


Cut the leg open along one of the side seams. Then, trim off the seams leaving two pieces of fabric.


Lay the fabric pieces, right sides facing, with the long sides aligned. Pin in place and sew a 1/2 inch seam along the pinned edge only.


Lay the fabric wrong side up and press the back seam with an iron. Then, use a straight edge to square off the shape (ours measures 20 inches wide by 15 inches high).


We will now attach the pocket to the front panel of the placemat. You may attach the pocket to the right or left side - it is up to you. Align the top edge of the pocket with the center seam of the front panel. The outer edge of the pocket should be about 3/4 inches from the edge of the fabric. Pin in place.


Using heavy sewing thread, sew the pocket in place by following the original seam paths.


Next, let's prepare the front panel for embroidery. Create paper templates of the designs as you did in earlier steps and arrange them on the fabric how you want them. Leave at least 3/4 inches of space between the edges of the designs and the edges of the fabric. Mark the centers and axis points of each design. Remove the templates and draw lines connecting the axis points. 

Hoop and embroider the designs. After the design have finished, trim away the excess stabilizer.


To prepare the back panel of the placemat, lay the cotton fabric right side up and then lay the front panel on top, right sides facing. Pin in place and cut out around the shape. Sew a 1/4 inch seam around the long sides and the short end with the pocket. Leave the remaining short end open for turning.


Turn the placemat right side out and press the seams. Then, turn the open end in 1/2 inch, press in place, and pin.


To finish the placemat, top stitch a 1/4 inch seam around the entire outer edge.

Click here for a printable version of these project instructions.

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