Thursday, September 23, 2010

Vroom Vroom Washable Placemats

So at dinner the other night I had an idea.  I'm sick of cleaning up the table a hundred times during meals because Jack is rather messy sometimes.

We tried using plastic place mats but they were too big to store conveniently and they melt in the dish washer...what to do?  Well, I had some cool race car fabric that I've been wanting to use.

Ta da! 
A machine washable place mat...just shake it out and toss it in the washer.
No wiping or scrubbing clean.

Super easy...
Step 1: Just cut two equal size rectangles of coordinating fabric.
Step 2: Sew right sides together leaving a hole to turn right side out.
Step 3: Iron flat and sew up the hole.
Step 4: Top stitch with a zig zag or any other decorative stitch.

Want it water proof?
Add a layer of a water proof material such as an old mattress cover!  Works like a charm!

Also makes a quick gift...get you some cute character plates from the $1 store and sew a few washable place mats in matching fabric!!

Here is Jack enjoying his new place mat.
What a goof!


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  1. So smart! I made about 10 fabric placemats for Halloween and Valentine's Day- might as well use them at meals every night and get more use out of them! :)

  2. Love that idea! I love being able to throw stuff in the washer/dryer. Makes life so much easier!

  3. These are great! Thanks for joining us for Anything Related!


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