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Keep your napkin from blowing away when you’;re eating outdoors with this cute and functional Oilcloth Placemat! Keep reading learn a few tips and tricks for working with oilcloth and?how to make placemats with pockets perfect for the Outdoors. If you like this project you may also like this roll up chalkboard placemat sewing tutorial.?

I took a good look at our deck last week. The weather is warming up and pretty soon we will be eating dinner outside again (hallelujah!). ?It was the first time I’;d really looked the deck over since Fall. I was trying to “;access”; how much grime had built up over the winter. What I found was not pretty. ?The thing is looking pretty?dirty. I foresee a weekend of power washing in our near future.

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(an older photo of our deck, “;dressed”; up for a party)

I love our deck, it has a great view of our neighborhood and a pergola on top to filter the harsh afternoon sunlight. I try to eat dinner outside each evening that the weather is cooperative.

Even though we keep the table on our deck pretty well cleaned off, I noticed that it gets a bit dusty and I like to have a set of placemats to use when we eat outside. ?I was using plastic placemats until one day the pattern from the placemat MELTED into our tabletop! What’;s worseyellow throw pillows, is that they were Thanksgiving placemats! We ended up with turkeys all over the top of our table. Note to self; hot temperatures and plastic placemats DO NOT MIX!

We managed to get the turkeys off of the table, and ever since then, I’;ve been more careful with what we use outside.

A few years ago I made a set of Oilcloth Placemats to use when we eat outdoors. They are easy to store and easy to wipe off. I even added a pocket to them to hold my napkin. I hate it when it blows away while I’;m eating!

To keep it simple, to finish the edge of these placemats instead of sewing on bias tape, I just pinked the edges. The oilcloth is pretty easy to sew with you just need to know a few tips, which I’ll share with you today.

Are you ready to make some??

To make the placemats you’ll need (contains affiliate links):

Oilcloth -(you can purchase it on Amazon from Fabric.com –; yardage is up to you, you can get 3 placemats out of every 1/2 yard of 60″ wide oilcloth

Oilcloth for pocket- about 1/4 yard

1/2 yard of cotton fabric for the back of the placemats for every 3 placemats

Teflon Foot for your sewing machine (or you can use this trick if you don’t have a Teflon foot)

Glue Stick

Binding Clips (Amazon has them for $15 for 50!)

Pins

Pinking Blade for Rotary Cutter

Quilt Ruler

Template for the pocket- download here

To begin cut out your oilcloth for the placemats. Each piece is 12″ x 18″ you will get the most yardage if you cut your oilcloth 12″ wide then into 18″ sections.

Cut out your lining fabric, it’s also 12″ x 18″ but for this fabric cut it 18″ wide then cut that strip into 12″ sections.

Cut out the pocket pieces

Normally I would tell you not to pin oilcloth, but this time we’re going to have to. Using two pins, pin the pocket to the placemat front 1 1/2″ in from the edge and 1″ up from the bottom. Stitch pocket to the placemat. Make sure you have the Teflon foot on your sewing machine for this ENTIRE project.

Using your glue stick put a bit of glue on the center of 12″ x 18″ lining piece of fabric. This will help keep the lining from sliding around while you’re sewing it to the oilcloth. Glue the lining to the back of the oilcloth… wrong sides together. Secure with binding clips.

Stitch around the edge of the placemat (oilcloth facing up) using a 1/2″ seam allowance.

Using your quilt ruler and the pinking blade on your rotary cutter, cut off the edge of the placemat 1/4″ out from the seam you just stitched.

Clip your strings, and you’re done!

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