September 8, 2011

Chalkcloth Placemat Tutorial

When I  go out to dinner with my grandchildren, I know how important a sanitary enviroment is to their parents.  The perfect solution is a personal place setting that can also help to entertain the little one! Chalkcloth, a vinyl fabric, is readily available.  Children can draw, wipe clean, and draw again!

My placemat tutorial has a small pocket that can hold chalk, and it also has ties so that it can be rolled up and stashed into the diaper bag.

Materials :
12" x 17 1/2" piece of chalkcloth (available on Etsy or at Joann's)
15" x 20 1/2" fabric for backing
7" x 12" fabric for pocket
2 1/2" x 24" fabric for tie
Clear plastic or cardboard template ~ diagram is available at the end of the tutorial

Back fabric:  press a 1/4" hem on all sides.

At each corner, fold the fabric right sides together on the diagonal, lining up the edges carefully.  Using the template, draw a line with an erasable pen.

Sew on the line that you have drawn. Use the same procedure on all four corners. Trim the corners.

Turn right side out, and press a 1" hem all the way around.

Pocket:  Fold the rectangle in half right sides together.  Stitch a 1/4" seam along each long edge; leaving the shorter edge (parallel to the fold) open.
Turn right side out.  Iron a 1/2" hem across the unstitched edge.  Fold 1/2" again, and topstitch.

Make small pleat on both sides of the pocket and iron.

Carefully pin (all pin marks will show) the pocket 2" from the bottom of the blackboard fabric and 2" from the right edge.  Sew across the bottom first.

Sew down the two remaining edges.

Completion:  Fit your blackboard fabric into the frame that you made with the backing.  Topstitch around the edge of the hem.

Tie:  Fold your fabric in half right sides together, and sew one short side and the long side; leave one of the short sides open for turning using a 1/4" seam.  Turn right side out (I use a chopstick for this.)  Complete the unfinished edge by turning in the fabric, and stitch.

Sew the tie to the backing fabric following the seam you have already created.


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connieloufabrics said...

Great idea! Thanks for sharing.

the felt bird said...

Awesome idea!! So cute too!

LuciRae said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea! My little one is turning 1 in a month so in another year this will be a perfect project for me! Very cute idea. You could even do several for a dinner party and write guest names on them for seating or fun little quotes for theme parties. I love this idea!

Kristine - A Graceful Home said...

What a great idea! Thanks for sharing. So glad to have found your blog! Thanks for following mine. Looking forward to your blogging adventures!

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