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DIY Placemats for Fall

Are you ready for a DIY Placemats project today? Well, fall is upon us and these pumpkin placemats are perfect for fall or Thanksgiving.

KariAnne from Thistlewood Farms is hosting an epic Fall DIY blog hop and you’re going to get enough ideas today to last you for the whole season!  KariAnne shares fabulous home decor styling tips, DIY, shopping guides, and everything in between.  I love subscribing to her blog…and I’m always entertained too!

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Welcome, we are so  happy you joined us today.

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.

Equally, you can yield approximately six placemats per 1 yard of fabric if they measure 13.5 x14.5″.

I purchased my burlap here.

Next, I made a mixture of half white glue and half water. You can buy a large bottle of white glue here.

Mix the glue and water mixture in a disposable container that is large enough for the fabric to fit in for your DIY Placemat stiffening.

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.

DIY Placemats
DIY Placemats
DIY Placemats

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.

DIY Placemats no sew

In like manner, cut each pumpkin out of the stiffened burlap with good scissors and discard the scraps.

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.


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  1. Wendy, these are so stinkin’ cute!! Love them!!

  2. Wendy,
    I’m loving these placemats so much. Love the your colors for fall. I’d like to share a link to your post on my Sunday, Dirt Road Adventures if that’s Ok.

    • wendy says:

      Hi Rachel, Thank you so much. Yes please share away! so kind of you. I found you on IG and will go see your blog next. So fun to find you! Have a great weekend.

  3. Such a cute idea. Love the colors also. Thanks for all the tips.

  4. Cindy Rust says:

    Such a cute pumpkin! I love your tip for cutting a straight line! Pinning!

  5. So cute! Perfect for every day or special times during fall. Great tutorial too.

  6. Renae says:

    How cute are these? I adore them. Such a great idea.

  7. Wendy, Your placemats are so pretty! I’ve never seen anything like these. Adding to my craft list for fall. Thank you for sharing! XO Misty

  8. These placemats are adorable! Thank you for sharing how. To make them!

    • wendy says:

      Thank you so much. These were a very fun project and I enjoyed making them. I hope you give it a try.
      Share with me if you make them.

  9. Melba says:

    Fantastic idea! Really live the watercolor effect! Very elegant!

  10. Marieza says:

    Amazing project, Wendy! So creative and absolutely beautiful!

  11. Marie says:

    How cute are these?? Great tutorial. Happy to do this hop with you. Pinned.

  12. Missy says:

    Great post, Wendy! Such a creative process to make the placemats….and with an amazing color palette! Thanks for your inspiration! ~Missy

  13. Crystal says:

    Wow Wendy you really amaze me! I love this project and will definitely be trying it! Your blog is so beautiful!!!

  14. Christin says:

    Wow!! This is lovely! Great tutorial!

  15. Such a cute DIY. Thank you for the tutorial. It’s a joy to be on tour with you!

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