Are you ready for a DIY Placemats project today? Well, fall is upon us and these pumpkin placemats are perfect for fall or Thanksgiving.
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I have quilted placemats, made placemats out of twigs and moss, and cut out felt for placemats.
Furthermore, when I was planning my recent baby shower with the theme of “Our Little Pumpkin,” I needed a natural material.
In this case I decided to use natural burlap made of jute.
Consequently it can be hard to cut straight lines in burlap, and it frays on the edges.
Firstly, snip a small cut about 1/2″ long where you want to cut the burlap. Find a strand of the burlap and pull it all the way through.
This method leaves a line in the burlap. Secondly, cut your burlap in this exact spot, and you will have a perfectly straight edges for your DIY Placemats.
Cutting burlap this way works well if you are making rectangular or square placemats. However, I decided to make pumpkin-shaped placemats, so this was not going to work for the actually shape of my project.
Next, it was going to be necessary for me to stiffen my fabric so the edges would not fray.
Here are the exact steps I took to make these adorable burlap DIY placemats.
Firstly, I found a pumpkin shape I liked on the internet and blew it up to my desired size.
For example, my pumpkin measures 14.5″ wide x 13.5″ tall.
I used a disposable turkey pan.
Secondly I cut the fabric to be approx. 15″ x the width of the fabric. I did use my pull string method to cut the strips of fabric before stiffening the strips.
In addition, make sure your mixture of glue and water is stirred well. However, I have found you can also use Mod Podge and water. But, I found this method to be more expensive.
Thirdly, dip one piece of fabric at a time in the water/glue solution.Lastly, hang the fabric on a clothesline. (Be sure to put paper underneath to catch the drippings)
In addition, put a pan underneath your fabric and use your hands to remove some of the excess glue and water solution.
Let the DIY placemats dry overnight.
Due to the glue mixture your fabric is now stiff, cut each large piece of burlap into three pieces. Each part is large enough for 1 of your DIY placemats.
Using a pencil, place the pumpkin pattern under each piece of burlap and trace with a pencil.
Thus the burlap does not dry flat, so it is necessary to iron the DIY Placemats.
Place a towel underneath and on top of the pumpkin to avoid glue on the iron.
As a result, they will come out perfectly flat.
Finally, it is time to get out your acrylic crafting paint.
Firstly, I placed each pumpkin over my pattern and painted the lines and around the edges for my custom DIY placemats.
Next, I did some shading with two colors of paint and a lot of water to create an ombre watercolor look.
In this case, let them dry for a few hours.
Lastly, my favorite part of creating my DIY placemats is to set the table. Use your creativity and enjoy the process.
In addition, I incorporated pumpkins in the shades of nude, whites and pink to go along with “My Little Pumpkin” theme.
Now, let me introduce my friend @homewithmarieza, She has such a lovely blog full of all kinds of inspiration. So now it is time to hop on over to her blog to see the beautiful wreath diy she will share with you.