You know you’re old when you start making placemats. Kidding! These beach towel placemats are the perfect fun, frugal, and easy DIY.
Did you know that a standard-sized beach towel is the exact size of six placemats? It is! Beach towels are on clearance now, so let’s get sewing!
Confession #1: I’m incredibly bad at sewing. If I can make these placemats, you can too.
Confession #2: I can be very impatient. My mother-in-law came up with the idea for these placemats and used fabric to bind the edges, but I used bias tape so I wouldn’t have to cut perfectly straight pieces of fabric or do a lot of ironing.
How to Make Placemats from a Beach Towel
Yields: Six placemats (about 13×20″ each)
- One standard-sized beach towel (I bought mine at Target.)
- 12 yards of extra wide double fold bias tape (If you’re not the best seamstress, it’s best to match your thread to your bias tape. I didn’t have any navy thread on-hand.)
- Iron your beach towel and bias tape.
- Cut your beach towel into six, equal-sized pieces. (If your beach towel has a thick hem around the edge, cut it off.)
- Sew bias tape around each placemat. (Tips: Make sure the narrow side of the bias tape is on the top. Start sewing in the middle of a side, not the corner. Sew around the corners following this tutorial from fluffyland.)
Easy, right?! Even novice sewers can make these placemats in about an hour.
I love how cute and soft these placemats turned out. They’re not perfect, but I don’t care. I’m going to stock up on extra beach towels for future housewarming gifts.
Thoughts or questions? I’d love to hear from you in a comment below!