I have been contemplating whether or not to write this post. Only for the fact that is so simple and there is nothing really grand about it. BUT, I am just SO in love with this laminated cotton fabric that I felt I had to write it! You know it’s one of those things where you get so excited about something you want everyone else to love it too!
Here are the reasons why I love laminated cotton… It’s:
- super soft
- comes in so many cute patterns
- so easy to work with
Up till now we have only had regular laminated placemats for the kids. You know the ones made out of stiff card stock. I have looked all over for a good placemat for children. I’ve come across all kinds, but never found that perfect one I was looking for. Either they are cheap and don’t hold up, disposable, too big and bulky to be folded, are not washable, or are not wipeable.
Then I came across laminated cotton! I was looking for a fabric that would clean up well to make an apron with. Then the lightbulb went on. Of course it was exactly what would work for placemats too! Yay! 🙂 And the fabrics available are unbelievable! So many cute patterns!
I ended up making two placemats and can’t wait for some time to make a few more. For the placemats here is what I did:
For each placemat I cut two pieces of material 12”x18”. I used two different fabrics for the placemats. One pattern for the front and another for the back. You don’t need to do this. You can use the same fabric for the front and the back. I just wanted to make them a little more interesting.
I secured the wrong sides of the fabric together with double sided fabric tape. You can secure it with pins. Just keep in mind the pins will put permanent holes in the laminated fabric. It probably won’t matter much, but I went with what was recommended for the fabric.
I made one placemat with double fold bias tape around the edges, to match. For the bias tape, I also secured that with double sided tape. Then I sewed all the pieces together with a coordinating thread. I just used a straight stitch with a little longer stitch length. I was thinking a decorative stitch would look nice here too. Play with it and see what works for you.
For the second placemat I used an overlocking stitch to secure the seams. I used the same coordinating thread for this one as with the first placemat.
I made both styles of placemat, one with bias tape edges and one without, to see which style I would prefer. I actually ended up preferring the one with the overlocking stitched edges. Mainly because I feel they are more functional in that they are 100% wipeable. The one with the bias tape would have to be washed more frequently if it was to get soiled, since the bias tape is not wipeable.
The washing instructions I received with the fabric are: “Machine wash cold. Tumble dry low.” I’m not too sure how it holds up with repeated washing, which is another reason I prefer the placemat without the bias tape.
So here is a replay of all the supplies I used for the placemats:
- 1-2 yards of laminated cotton fabric (More depending on how many placemats you are making. Also if you want the same fabric on both sides or not.) I ordered my fabric on Etsy.
- Double sided fabric tape
- 3 yards matching double fold bias tape (optional)
- Coordinating thread
That’s it! Pretty easy isn’t it? Have you ever worked with laminated cotton? What have you used it for? Do you have any tips for working with laminated cotton? I would love to hear about it! xx