“Happiness is Handmade”

Don’t you agree!!

Yesterday after spending 8 hours ( of course with multiple breaks) I finished 8 placemats for our dinner table(extendable) 🙂 and when I was finally done, I was absolutely happy and forgot all the pain..:)

IMG_4163Aren’t they pretty?? And it costed me less than 15 bucks 😉

I found the placemats in stores are bigger than I want and have been looking for right size that fit my table. To have a customized size I decided to DIY.

I have chosen canvas drop cloth as it is water and stain resistant and also wanted to do some stencilling.  I have cut the size(10X12) that matches my table and stenciled a flower and sewed the ends.

This project need couple of supplies that may not be handy so please keep everything ready before you start.


Firstly, cut the fabric into 16 pieces ( for 8 placemats). If the fabric is thick, then you don’t have to double the number.

Secondly, prepare the stencil. To get more details on preparing the stencil please refer to the below link:https://nimasonti.wordpress.com/2014/04/04/stencil-cutter/

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Next, using painters tape, place the stencil on to the fabric.

I used Tulip Fabric paints and they are very smooth and easy to apply. Also used a little metallic gold paint. Using foam brush apply/dab evenly.Make sure you stencil it on a cardboard so that you don’t stain the carpet or floor.

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It is not a quick project for sure as it takes 3 hours for the fabric paint to dry.

Lastly, after the paint is dry sew the ends. Sew the 2 pieces together, leaving a small opening and turn them inside out. They should look like the picture below:


Iron and sew around the edges.


And I have pretty placemats that adds color and also matches my style 😉

Have a great day!!

Published by Nima

Hi, I am very delighted that you stopped by! Welcome to Creative ME!!! I 'm a wife to an amazing hubby and recently mother to an adorable little munchkin :-), an Asian(Indian) native, nomad for a while and now currently @Portland, Oregan. Recently relocated from The Grand Canyon State and still adjusting to the gloomy weather here... When we first we moved to US(2012) ,our first 2 months of accommodation was in a hotel and that's when everything started. You must be wondering HOW? I was introduced to HGTV and started reading craft blogs. Ohh yes, PINTERST toooo and that is my fav! Well, inspired from these places, I started to DIY on budget and decorate our home. Whenever I posted pics of my projects on Facebook, everyone loved and gave many positive comments. Some of them also said I should not look for a job, instead start a blog or sell some of my projects ;) They thought I was doing something very cool!! That was a great motivation and I decided to tickle my creative senses to tame the stress monster ;-) And then, one day here is my blog , where I share my ideas and projects with friends, family and all other aspiring DIY-er's :) And if you like my blog, please come back and also don't forget to tell your friends :) Lastly, if you have a fun and functional craft or project or even a simple recipe I want to hear….please let me know and I can feature, down the line we will make Creative ME to WE..;)

3 thoughts on ““Happiness is Handmade”

  1. Hi Nina, these are wonderful I am definitely gonna try these at home.
    I am beginner so might ask a few questions.
    Thanks for sharing 🙂


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