Tutorial – Simple Placemats

Tutorial simple placemats Top stitch

Remember when I said that I wanted to try things by myself? Well, I have made my first project without checking tutorials!

Yes, it’s a very simple one, so it was almost impossible to make mistakes, but I needed something to offer to my mother on her birthday and placemats seemed a great gift!

I’m gonna make a tutorial for this simple placemats so you can make your own!

You’ll need:

  • Top fabric (I used some decoration fabric from Ikea)
  • Back fabric (I used some medium weight cotton)
  • Interfacing (I used some medium interfacing, for sew)
  • Matching thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Iron

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First cut your fabric with the desired measures – Remember the seam allowance – This tutorial is for 2 placemats.

Remember to pre-wash your fabric! You want the placemats to be fully washable, they will get dirty!

Press them very well.

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Cut the interfacing, I used this one (sorry, don’t know the name/number). As you can see this interfacing is kind of fluffy.

You can cut it just a bit smaller than your fabric, to reduce the bulk.

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Pin everything in place. My hearted pins are so sweet!

I didn’t care too much about the size, as you can see, because you can cut it later, just remember to catch both fabrics when sewing.

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Next step in this tutorial for simple placemats…sew!

Place the right sides together and remember to leave a gap. You will need to turn the fabric inside out. I used a 1/4 seam allowance.

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Trim the corners to reduce the bulk and turn! Your placemats are almost ready!

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Use something to get those corners perfect! I used a bone folder because I also make traditional notebooks, but you can use a pen or something similar.

Then..Press, press, press! We will thank me for this! It will be much easier to top stitch this way.

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Now, it’s time to top stitch! Use some matching thread and be very careful with the corners. Let the needle down and turn the fabric.

My stitches were a little tight because I was having some problems with the machine  (I discovered later that my needle was dull and I needed a new one).

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The final result! I’ve to confess that I was really happy with the final result! They turned out prettier that I thought and I really like the texture. They were consistent but fluffy at the same time! I’ll be using that interfacing for placemats again!

And… my mother loved them!

If you are a beginner in the sew world, I hope you enjoy this tutorial for simple placemats. They are really fun and easy to do and I loved the final result!

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Tutorial – Lace Shorts – DIY

Meet my new love!

My new lace shorts!

Tutorial - Lace Shorts DIY

While wandering through Pinterest I saw somebody using a lace shorts and I immediately fell with love with them. It was only somebody using, it was not a DIY or a tutorial, but I HAD to try it it!

With my new organization method, I finally had some time to sew! I used an old jeans, they had a huge hole in the knees (I spent a lot of time sitting) but were still good for a shorts!

This project is really easy and quick to do, so I thought why not sharing it? In 6 easy steps you have transformed an old jeans into this sweetie!

Let’s do this?

You will need:

  • Old shorts (with a great fitting)
  • Lace
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Sewing Machine

Lace shorts tutorial – DIY

1. Mark the length 

First you have to mark the length. Try them on, find out the desired length and mark them two inches longer. You can use a chalk or a pen.

Marking the length

2. Cut both legs

Use pins to keep everything in place and cut! Don’t be afraid, you’ve left two inches longer so you can make adjustments!

One leg marked

3. Let’s adjust the fitting!

The best way to be happy with your new lace shorts is to be very careful. So, try them on, and fold right as you will like them to be. They can be shorter on the back, or in the front…you choose! Cut more if needed. Mark them with pin and undress. Be very careful with those pins!

Fold and Mark

4. Press, press, press

Now it’s time to press! Press very well because you will need to see that line that marks the fold. You have to press your lace shorts folded, so that when you unfold, you can the line.


5. Time for the lace!

Now you have to pin the lace! Unfold and in the wrong side of the shorts, adjust the limit of the lace to the folding line. Be sure that you put the right side of the lace together with the jeans! On this phase you will see the wrong side of the lace. In the picture you can see the wrong side, but still a pretty side 🙂

Pin very carefully through the leg.


In the end you will get this!


6. Now, the fun part! Sew!

Using a small stitch sew the lace to the shorts. Sew right in the beginning of the lace, right in the folded line. Remove pins while you sew.

Use any color thread you like, it won’t show up!


In the end, you will get this!

Close up

Do the same thing to the other leg and…. it’s done!

Try your new lace shorts one and fold them again, in the sewing line. The right part of the lace will be showing! Press them very well (while folded) and you will get a beautiful finish! (I haven’t press them yet in this image).

If you wish, you can sew the fold to the jeans. Use the original seam and sew them just a little bit. I don’t think it’s necessary because my lace shorts are very tight.

Tutorial - Lace Shorts DIY

So, what did you think? Are you gonna use this tutorial to make your new lace shorts? If you do make them, pleassssseee share it with me! I would love to see your creations!

I think that they are a great addition to my wardrobe, I can’t wait to summer to arrive, so I can use them!

This is my first tutorial, so please let me know any flaws or omissions that you find! I’ll listen to them and improve in the next tutorials!

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