I basically used the reversible placemat pattern from Rae Gun Ramblings, but it’s such a simple project you don’t really need a tutorial.
You do need fabric of various sorts, scissors and a sewing machine. I used a purchased placemat as a sort of template, sometimes remembering to cut it a little bigger for seam allowances and sometimes not. There is no ideal size for placemats, so it’s not a big deal.
I used some really old fabric I never quite knew what to do with, a couple of fat quarters (which are a great size for this sort of project, by the way) and some other random stuff that was easily accessible.
Cut out a bunch. I did eight pieces, or enough to make four placemats.
Sew around the edges, using a quarter-inch seam, and leaving a few inches open to turn it right-side out when you’re done (the linked tutorial wisely suggests you start in the middle of a side and not leave the unsewn bit at a corner, but I didn’t listen and it turned out fine).
Sew the whole stack, then turn them right side out, making sure the corners are pointed all the way out. (Use a finger or a knitting needle to poke them out.)
Making four at once didn’t take much longer than making one would have, and it’s fun to end a sewing session with a stack of finished goods instead of a single thing.
Not into sewing or don’t want simple placemats? Make a stamp or use a stamp you already have to make a series of cards or some DIY stationery. Make a ton of pom-poms to put on different projects. Cut out stars to make a summer bunting. Whatever sounds fun that you can make more than one of in a day.
If you give this a try, I’d love to see what you made. Tag me on Instagram with #ourdailycraft.