August 8, 2011

Pinwheel Placemat Tutorial

Today I’m going to share a quick project with you to punch up your table decor during your next outdoor gathering. These fun pinwheel placemats are a terrific project to complete with fabric scraps you might have lying around!

All set to see how these are made? Let’s get started!

For this project, you will need…

Fusible web, such as Wonder Under
Fabric scraps in various prints
Paper and paper trimmer
Disappearing ink marker
Clear ruler
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Ribbon and/or rick-rack
Bamboo placemats (I found mine in the Dollar Spot at Target)

step 1 / Use your paper trimmer to make square templates of various sizes. I found that squares of 4″, 3″ and 2.5″ work well. Fuse contrasting pieces of your scrap fabric together, wrong sides facing, following the instructions for your fusible web. Use your disappearing ink marker to trace your square templates onto your fused fabric pieces, and cut your squares out. (You will need three squares of descending sizes for each placemat.) Using your ruler, draw lines diagonally through the center of your squares with your disappearing ink marker, as shown.
step 2 / Use your scissors to snip about 2/3 of length of the lines you just drew, as shown.
step 3 / Add a dab of hot glue to the center of each of your trimmed pieces. Fold every alternating corner of your snipped sections up to this center point, as shown, pressing them firmly into the hot glue to secure them.
step 4 / Add a button or other embellishment to the center of each pinwheel to conceal the glued corners. Cut strips of ribbon or rick-rack that are the width of your placemats and adhere these to the left side of your mat with hot glue. Hot glue three pinwheels of descending size, from largest to smallest, along this ribbon, as shown.
All finished!

Aren’t these little guys so festive and fun? 

Have a great week!


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11 Responses to Pinwheel Placemat Tutorial

  1. Jennifer @ Delightfully Noted August 8, 2011 at 12:37 pm #

    Oh my gosh these are too stinken cute! What nice summery way to dress up the table and I’m smitten with anyhing pinwheels. Great job.

  2. bev August 8, 2011 at 3:19 pm #

    These are just simply adorable and so easy to make. Thank you for sharing Amy. As always…you out did yourself with another great idea with a simplified tutorial.

  3. saraink August 8, 2011 at 6:20 pm #

    So adorable!!! This are so cute and fun, thank you so much for the great tutorial!

  4. Erin August 8, 2011 at 6:57 pm #

    Absolutely adorable!

  5. Amanda @ Serenity Now August 8, 2011 at 7:06 pm #

    Those are so fun, Amy! I love how colorful your projects are. So cheerful!

  6. Stephanie August 8, 2011 at 9:40 pm #

    Those are so cute! What a fun way to add color to those placemats!

  7. Christina August 8, 2011 at 11:34 pm #

    thats it….mad rush to make these for my daughters bday party tomorrow……

  8. Paige August 9, 2011 at 2:32 am #

    Super cute and festive.

  9. Kelli @ RTSM August 9, 2011 at 4:42 pm #

    Amy this is SUPER cute! I love the fabrics you used…the colors are perfect for summer!

  10. Kari August 9, 2011 at 7:47 pm #

    Such a fun way to spruce up those placemats-I totally have the same ones and didn’t even think of this. I used them for another project but this is great as well. I would love it if you linked this up to my weekly link party Tutorial Tuesday

    Newlyweds on a Budget

  11. Leslie August 17, 2011 at 1:58 am #

    This is so incredibly adorable…I love it! registered & protected

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