An Unconventional Use for Placemats

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For anyone that knows me, knows that I'm kinda a "Plain Jane" or "Neutral Nancy" (ok, I just made that one up, lol).  I usually tend to stick to solid neutral colors, thick stripes, and earth tones.  Well, I've decided to try to change it up a bit.  I've decided to use PATTERN!  So that's what this project is about and I am soooooo excited about it. 

I ventured into Fred's yesterday to just browse around,( for those who are not familiar with Fred's it's similar to a Family Dollar type store). I wasn't looking for anything in particular, just looking to see what they had, I had seen some really cute chair pads, that I need for my dining area, but they just weren't right, I loved the pattern on them, but the size and colors weren't right for what I was going for. 

Then I stumbled upon this:


Isn't it FAB?!!!  It is a $1.19 polyester placemat (insert laughs here).  Yes, I saw them and my mind started turning thinking of all of the possibilities.  My initial thought was these could be awesome accent pillows!!!  And so I brought 2 of them home, ripped apart the side hem and opened them up. 

Then I realized that they were a little too stiff because of some type of material they lined the inside of the placemat with.  So I washed the placemat in the washing machine, and WHala!  they softened right up. 

I used a knife to seperate it because I misplaced my seam ripper. 

Then I looked around the house and thought I need to incorporate this fabric elsewhere in the house, then I had an "Ahaaa!" moment.  I was going to make valances for my kitchen. 

And here's how I did it (with a little trial and error, of course) They are super easy to make and a NO-Sew project!!!

What you need:

  • Fabulous Placemats of your choice (I used 5 for two windows, one normal window and one back door window)
  • Upholstery Tacks
  • Glue Gun
  • Gross grain ribbon (or whatever you want to use to cover mistakes, upholstery tacks and un-hemmed edges  jazz them up)
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors


1.  Measure the width of your window or the space that you want covered with the placemats.

2.  Line up placemats according to how they will cover the width of your    window. I lined mine up and left a space becasue I was being cheap and wanted to use as little of the placemat as possible (because I have other plans for the scrap, Hehehe(imagine an evil laugh), then I took the 3rd placemat and placed it in the middle vertically to cover the gap between the other two placemats. Please excuse my toes, I'm in desperate need of a pedicure!!!

3.  Then with the glue gun, I glued all three pieces together at the top, sides and bottom.  (If you are using just two placemats, I'd suggest slightly overlapping them to glue to glue them together.)

4.  Layering the third placemat vertically, I left extra material at the top so I simply folded it over and then trimmed off the excess material, leaving about a half inch piece to glue down in the back.

5.  I then grabbed my gross grain, measured it to the width of the placemats and glued it slightly above the hemmed bottom and top edges of the placemat curtain and wrapped the excess around the backside and glued.


You could also sew a rod pocket on but I like mine no-fuss and stuck to the wall :) 

*NOTE: I left the corners where the upholstery tacks will go- unglued, until after it is tacked to the wall, then glued the ribbon over the tacks so they weren't noticeable.

BACK DOOR "CORNICE" (doors with blinds)

Follow all the same steps as for the valance, except instead of upholstery tacking the placemats to the wall, I wrapped them around the blind brackets and hot glued them to the sides.

And what was Baby Boy doing while I was creating, you ask? 

Destroying the cabinets, of course!

I've linked this project to Kimbas DIY Day at A Soft Place to Land.

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  1. I have been truly motivated by your blog. I had no xmas spirit until I saw this blog, I have pulled out my glue gun and am now ready to start some projects. Thanks Carli

  2. I have not been able to figure out how to make a cornice for my back door -- never thought to HOT GLUE it to the blind brackets! Great idea with the placemats :)

  3. Placemats rock!! And I love the pics of the baby!! :)

  4. the placemats are soooo cute!!!
    I love your blog!!!

  5. this is such a great idea! I need curtains for my front door. this post just solved that for me! Love the placements!


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