Pocket Placemat

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By Sewing Contributor Courteney from the blog Crafting with Court.

Pocket Placemat

Labor Day is just around the corner, and it’s the perfect last chance for a summer party.  Impress all of your guests with these placemats.  The pocket is perfect for holding a napkin and cutlery, so no one is trying to balance too many things as they fill their plate full of delicious food.  Since they’re made of vinyl, just wipe clean when you’re finished.  It will be the perfect accent to your party!



  1.  Cut two 16” x 21” rectangles out of your vinyl
  1.  Use the pocket pattern from the Pocket Tee Tutorial, and cut a pocket out of your remaining vinyl.  I did my pocket in the diagonal of my pattern to add visual interest.  The choice is yours.


  1.  Place the pocket on the left side of one of your rectangles from step one.  When you are satisfied with the location tack it down. Be careful with pins, you will always see the holes in the vinyl.


  1.  Using a ¼” seam, sew the pocket down leaving the top open.


  1.  Place your two vinyl rectangles with the right sides facing each other.  Carefully tack together.


  1.  Using a ½” seam, sew the two rectangles together.  Leave a 6”-8” opening.
  1.  Cut a square out of each of your corners


  1.  Pull the right sides of the fabric through your opening.  Make sure to poke out of your corners all the way.
  1.  Fold the fabric down inside your opening and tack shut.


  1.  Run a ¼” seam around the entire placement.  This will close the opening and cause it to lay flat.
  1.  Enjoy your awesome and practical placemat!

DIY Pocket Placemat


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About Courteney

Courteney will be sharing sewing, crafting, and DIY projects. Her philosophy is simple: crafting makes life better. Her projects will help you realize how easy and cost effective it is to make things for yourself. Courteney is a high school science teacher who lives in Atlanta, GA. Between raising her dog, Padfoot, and teaching she keeps pretty busy but always finds time to be creative. Her mom taught her to sew very early in life, and it has remained one of her favorite activities into adulthood. Although sewing is quickly becoming a lost art; Courteney hopes you will join her in revitalizing this skill with many fun and practical projects. Catch up with Courteney at her blog, Crafting with Court, where she shares all the projects she’s working on.

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