These placemats and coasters are the cutest and so easy to make. Eight pieces cut and made in less then an hour.

Supplies needed to make four placemats and four coasters-

Burlap 1 yard (printed or unprinted)

Cotton batting enough for four 5″ squares  (insides of coasters)

Contrasting scrap fabric enough for four 5″ squares (back of coasters)


Sewing Machine

Size 14 sewing machine needle

Disclosure- You must preshrink your burlap before you start this project. You can do this by washing the entire piece of burlap on gentle and drying it on low. Remember to pull it out of the dryer before the heat sets permeant wrinkles in. There will be lots of frays and fuzzies but it will not hurt anything. Next you will need to give it a good press on the hottest iron setting.


Let’s get the tough stuff out of the way first. Cut four 5″ squares of burlap and the same of your scrap backing. Then cut four of your cotton batting, just a little smaller so it is not to be seen. I cut out 12″x 18″ for the placemats.

Sandwich them all together and sew 1/4″ seam allowance all the way around with a zigzag stitch.

I love the simplicity of a simple project so for the placemats I added no backing or batting. This is totally optional and up to you. If you want them cushy, buy more backing supplies. Next, I did the same zigzag sewing around my single layer of each placemat.

For the last step I made the edges look frayed by pulling the loose ends off of all the edges of my project.


It’s that easy!

Behind the scenes~

I got this fabric at a cool shop in Indianapolis, Indiana called ReCraft.

Behind the scenes~

This Friday I will have a new dress in the Artist United Group Show.

Consider coming to a sewing machine basics class this Wednesday night. We will be making a pillowcase to learn to use our machines. No machine, no problem, Rosewood has them. You will not be disappointed.

Thank you for reading,

Tracy McElfresh,

Dream it! Sew it!



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