Sew Simple Reversible Placemats

reversible placemat with title.

These placemats are a fun project. Even beginners will find them a quick and straightforward project. Experienced sewists will be able to stitch up several in an hour.

Instructions are included for six placemats. If you don’t need all six, consider giving the excess away as gifts. Some organizations like Meals on Wheels will give them to shut ins to brighten their day.

You will need:

  • 2/3 yd fabric one
  • 2/3 yd fabric two

The fabrics do not have to be coordinating as they will be on opposite sides. I am using a summer print on one side and a winter print on the other side to make them seasonal. This is also a good chance to use holiday fabrics.

reversible placemat.

The finished size of the placemat is 11” x 13”. I made this size so that there was minimal leftover fabric. You can easily make them larger, but you will need more fabric.


Cut the fabric into two 12” strips, width of fabric.

Cut these strips into 14” pieces.

winter and summer fabric cut for reversible placemats.

If you are cutting your own sizes, be sure to pay attention to orientation of the fabric design.


On the wrong side of one of the pieces, mark 3/8” seam lines in the corners. This will make the stitching easier.

marking the seam allowance at the corner of fabric using a ruler.
wrong side of fabric with corner marked.

Mark a 4” opening along one side.

reverse side of fabric with marked stitch lines.

After you’ve stitched a couple, you might be able to stitch without marking.

Place this piece right sides together with a piece of the other fabric. Hold together with pins around the edge.


Stitch using a 3/8” seam allowance. Begin at the edge of the opening, and stitch to the corner. Leave the needle down in the corner and lift the presser foot to turn.

stitching the placemat.

Stitch around the entire placemat, stopping at the other side of the opening.

Clip and Turn

Clip the corners, being careful not to cut the stitching.

clipping the corner of the placemat.

Using the opening, turn the piece inside out. Use something with a point to help open up the corners.

Press well, including pressing in the seam allowance of the opening.

opening for turning the placemat.


Top stitch all the way around the placemat, 1/4” from the edge.

topstitching the edge of the placemat.

Stitch another line of stitches 1/8” away from the edge.

Clip thread ends.

You’re done!

summer side of placemat.
winter side of placemat.

Enjoy using these every day or give them as a nice gift.

reversible placemat with title.
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Elizabeth DeCroos - Epida Studio.

Elizabeth DeCroos

Elizabeth DeCroos is the designer and teacher at Epida Studio. She loves to work in quilting, pojagi and embroidery and teach these techniques to others.
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