How to make a fall placemat

Learn how to make the perfect fall placemat for Halloween and Thanksgiving! Choose a pretty fall fabric for this beginner sewing project!

My kids love to set the table whenever we have placemats on the table, so I love having placemats. It makes dinner a bit fancier and they are more willing to help!

We have regular placemats that we alternate, but now we have special party placemats! I even have DIY cloth napkins that match perfectly! Let’s make a fall placemat for Halloween or Thanksgiving!

how to make a fall placemat

Whenever it’s fall, we start making everything pumpkin flavored. I usually only like a few pumpkin treats and a lot of apple treats. Do you prefer pumpkin or apple?

I’ve always used a pretty fabric that says “all pumpkin” because it’s a pretty way to decorate. I really love the look of the pumpkins and the orange color for fall! I also made one with a pumpkin fabric print and stitched fabrics together to make one.

how to make a fall placemat

What fabric to use to make placemats?

Use a light-to-medium cotton fabric, such as quilted cotton, as it absorbs spills and is easy to wash. It is also available in every print and color imaginable.

Another trick is to use cotton fabrics in medium to dark colors to help hide stains. You can still use any color you want, but you’ll need to do more stain treatment if you want them to last longer.

fall placemat sewing project

Do you like to sew? Check out some of these fun sewing projects!

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  • How to sew a placemat
make a placemat for fall

This is the placemat I made by assembling autumn fabrics. It was fun picking out scraps of fabric and putting them together, then adding some quilting lines. I quilted the placemat with the lines of the seams.

fall placemat sewing project

The quilting makes such a difference in the look of the placemat. I love the elevated look.

fall placemat sewing project

How to make a fall placemat


  • fall themed quilted cotton fabric – you need about 1/2 yard for each placemat
  • lightweight interface
  • sewing tools
  • sewing machine
fall doily supplies

For each placemat, cut out two rectangles 20 inches wide and 15 inches high. This represents a 1/2 inch seam allowance on all sides. Make sure the print direction is the correct way.

cut out two rectangles for each placemat

Cut out the interface for the two rectangles.

back and front cut interface

Merge the interface to the back of the fabric rectangles. Cut off any excess interface.

apply the stabilizer to the wrong side of the fabric

With right sides together, pin all edges of the rectangles together.

pin the placemat right sides together

Sew around all four sides, pivoting at the corners with a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Leave a 5 inch hole to turn.

sew around the edges and leave a hole

Cut corners to reduce clutter.

cut corners

Flip the placemats right side up through the hole.

turn right

Roll the seams to bring out the edge and press the placemat flat. Pin or clip the hole to close it.

press flat and close the pinhole

Topstitch around the edges and close the hole.

stitching on the edges

Add padding to the placemat to give it strength and hold the interface in place. Choose between a large “X” of two rows of quilting or multiple rows of quilting in a diagonal grid. I really like the diagonal grid because it almost looks like plaid.

add quilting to finish

If you make something using this sewing project, I’d love to see! Please share it on social networks with the hashtag #heatherhandmade and identify me!

how to make a fall placemat

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