Here is another post with Halloween craft. This time I thought of making some quick and easy Halloween table place-mats. But around this time of year any Halloween related fabric becomes so expensive and I wanted something quick and cheap. I found this tablecloth at Burlington coat factory which was only $3.98 and it was kind of Halloween-y (if that is a word), i.e. it was orangish/dark orange so I grabbed it. (You can make these place-mats for any season, such as for Christmas you can get some Christmas-y kind of table cloth). But if you are looking for a tutorial for place mats for daily purpose I would recommend using our previous tutorial to make these easy to clean/baby proof place-mats here.
Here is all you will need to make these super easy and inexpensive mats. : Base fabric (tablecloth in my case), coordinating fabric to make Halloween characters from, orange thread and sewing machine.
Lets start. For each place-mat you will need two same size rectangular base fabric. I used a 17X12 inches rectangular pieces or a larger 17X24 inches fabric which you can fold into half. You need to align the right side together and sew three sides of the two pieces or if you are using a bigger fabric then sew the two sides as shown below.
Then turn the piece inside out from the side that has not been sewn shut, so the stitches are inside. Then fold the open side slightly (as shown in the pic below) and iron it. Once its ironed pin it and sew it shut, I used a zig-zag stitch. Use a coordinating thread to do that. You are done with the base part. Now for some embellishments.
Either print out or draw out as I did, some Halloween character from the internet on a piece of paper and cut them out. Now use a fabric marker or an erasable pencil to draw these cut out characters on your coordinating fabric, which in my case was black for the bat and the witch hat and white for the ghost.
Once you have those ready, pin them to wherever you want them to be on the place mat and sew around them in zig-zag or straight stitch. And you are done. These are super easy and quick to make and can be used for occasions like that. But once again not that robust ( ;)) so if you are looking for a tutorial for place mats for daily purpose I would recommend using our previous tutorial to make these easy to clean/baby proof place-mats here.