Placemat Christmas Apron DIY

November 10, 2018


Placemat Apron DIY


Several Christmases ago, my sister arrived at my home with four of the prettiest Pottery Barn placemats for me. The holiday hostess!!

I instantly fell in love. 

She knew I had a penchant for red and thought they'd look great in my kitchen. She wasn't wrong. 

Pottery Barn Quilted Placemat

Unfortunately, every time I set them down on the table, they would not lie flat. It was as if the way they were stitched was a tad short and it forced them to curl. 

Placemat Apron Craft

I wrestled with them for a few months, ironed them and put heavy plates on them when we had company. But no matter how I tried to display them, they fought me...and ended up spending most of their time stuffed in a drawer. 

Then one day it dawned on me that they would make much better pillow covers than placemats. They were itching to arch, so why not go with it? 

I took three of them, combined them with some checked fabric and made pillows for my living room. Perhaps you've caught a glimpse of them. 

DIY Fall Harvest Pillow

However, I still had one floating around. It was too pretty to toss, but I didn't need any more pillows. Then this week it dawned on me. I would make an apron from that placement. 

I've always had a fascination with them. They remind me of sweet days of old, family holidays, elegant ladies dressed in pearls, crinoline, heels and lipstick. Vacuuming. A romanticized vision of homemaking.

My grandmothers and my mom always wore one when they cooked and as I get older I find myself wearing aprons now, too. 

So I set out to make one as a Christmas hostess gift...or a gift for myself perhaps, since, I'm usually the hostess. Is that wrong?

Christmas Button Tree

My first vision was to adorn the apron with a button tree. It was a good plan, until I put the buttons on the placemat and realized I wasn't thrilled. It was a better look in my head. Plus, I wasn't sure how it would hold up in the wash.

Well, that and it was going to involve a ton of hand stitching. I quickly vetoed that idea. However, I didn't abandon the button tree idea completely. Stay tuned. 

With my first plan out the window, it was back to the drawing board. Or my craft closet and my very ample stash of leftover fabric. I'm a big fan of anything patchwork, so I settled on the idea of a tree constructed from my scraps. 

Now, keep in mind if you're not an apron kind of gal, and your own placemats are flat, this would be a really cute way to make a set of Christmas placemats for a holiday table.

Scrap Fabric Apron

In order to decide on size, shape and scale, I mocked up my design with a paper pattern and a piece of trim I'd purchased years ago, but never used. That would be my apron string. 

Christmas Tree Pattern

Once I had a tree shape I was comfortable with, I folded it in half and pinned it on top of my fabric which was also folded in half and began to cut. When I opened my fabric up, I had a fully symmetrical tree.

Making A Fabric Christmas Tree

To be honest, I cut out a few trees. I couldn't decided exactly what I wanted until I saw it. Eventually, my tree took shape and I was ready to stitch it on to the placemat. 

If you don't sew, you can use a fusible tape and an iron. Or you can substitute the patchwork tree with a store bought iron on patch. The idea is exactly the same and your results will be equally as adorable. 

Scrap Fabric Christmas Tree

I knew I was going for a patchwork, hand quilted look, but I didn't want to actually do any hand sewing, so I flipped the settings on my beloved sewing machine to zig zag and got busy. I wasn't super careful and it didn't matter. 

I knew it would look fabulous with or without straight seams, which is awesome, since my sewing skills (and crafting patience) are severely limited. 

Patchwork Christmas Tree

Once I had sewn the tree parts onto the apron placemat, I needed to add the trim that would tie around the waist. I started by measuring it out, using my own waist as a guide. 

I confronted my sewing machine once again, which by the way was remarkably well behaved, for a single straight stitch across the top of the placemat and then anchored the sides, as well.

How To Make An Apron

The result was a better than anything I had initially conceptualized. 

The fit was perfect, the arch of the placemat hugged my body the way I knew it would and that little tree was the darling little accent I was looking for...creating the perfect holiday gift for whoever hosts Christmas dinner this year.

Oh yeah, that's me. 

Shhh....

DIY Patchwork Placemat Apron

If you're looking for more holiday gifts, you're in luck! Today is the 10th and that means my friends are sharing fabulous ideas for under ten dollars. I hope you'll pop over to check out what they have to share! 

58 comments:

  1. Whats great way to use a placemat!! The pillows are adorable and the apron is very clever. It is so hard to keep something that won't be used, like this gift from your sister, but you certainly came up with great solutions!

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    1. Thanks Patti! That silly placemat has been tucked in my linen closet for years and each time I clean it out I can’t seem to part with it. Well, last week, when I came across it again, I thought now’s the time! Finally!

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  2. Clever and cute. Great job. You are going to look terrific this holiday season as you go about your holiday hosting.

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    1. Thanks Lorri! I really should give it away, but I think my sister will be happy knowing I kept it. Now I need to find something to wear that will match! Ha!!

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  3. Kim, this turned out so pretty! You have gone a long way with that fabric and every project has been gorgeous. Everyone I know would be pleased to receive this apron. :)

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    1. Stacey, I just can’t seem to part with even one scrap of that fabric. I think it’s a sickness!! 😉

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  4. This is beyond adorable! You are the the queen of up cycling and repurposing.

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    1. Lisa, I am actually blushing this morning. ☺️ Thank you.

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  5. Now that is clever! I LOVE your tree and the trim is perfect. I have a ton of odds and ends placemats, tablecloths with stains, etc. etc. Not that I will be sewing anytime soon :-) I love the pillow idea too.

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    1. AnnMarie, get the iron on tape or sheets...it's so easy. Or better yet, grab those grandkids and some fabric glue and let them have at it!!

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  6. That's genius! I have a few placemats that don't lay right and have been considering tossing. Guess I know what my next project will be!

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    1. I'm so happy you found some inspiration here today, Tammy! That's exactly why I share!!

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  7. You have given me an idea on what to make for my son's gf - they are both loving entertaining and an apron is just the ticket!

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    1. Oh Gina, I’m so glad! This one’s been on my list for a long time…

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  8. Clever idea! I have used placemats to make pillow covers but not an apron. Pinned it to my Aprons board!

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    1. Thanks so much, Donna! And I have an aprons board, too…there are so many pretty ones out there. I wish my sewing skills were better. Thanks for the pin!

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  9. What a great re love of the placemat Kim. You rocked this girl. I love the patchwork tree to enhance it too.
    Have a great weekend.
    Hugs,
    Kris

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    1. Thanks Kris! It was a fun one to play around with…especially since we were in front of the fire watching a Netflix Christmas movie. We’re still in fall mode, but a little Fa-la-la spirit is starting to sneak in. 🎄

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  10. Kim, you are Wonder Woman. An apron from a placemat is genius. The Christmas tree is a precious idea. Maybe you should give the apron back to your sister?

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    1. Thanks Carol!! You're so sweet!! And I would give it back to her, but she's an empty nester with grandkids all over the country now, so her holidays are spent traveling rather than hosting. Oh well, guess I'm going to have to keep it. 😉

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  11. Great idea with that curled up edged placemat!
    It turned out perfectly . . .
    Now . . . a picture of you in that Holiday Apron is a must!
    Please . . .

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    1. Oh, Lynne...I will try! Last night, by the time I finished this project I was in my pjs and a ponytail watching a Christmas tale on Netflix. Not exactly model worthy attire!!

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  12. So cute. What a great repurpose. The Christmas tree pattern is darling.

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    1. Thanks Katie!! It took a little thought, but I’m happy with the way it turned out. 😊

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  13. Hey Kim, oh the apron you made from the placemat is so pretty and just perfect for entertaining for Christmas. I love the pretty Christmas tree on the front too. It's great that you were able to use all of the fabric for different things.
    Enjoy the weekend.
    Julie

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    1. Thanks Julie! I love it when I get to use a few scraps from my seemingly never-ending stash! Enjoy the sunshine today!!

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  14. Kim, that is such a good choice for the remaining placemat. You did a really great job and the patchwork tree is the perfect compliment. I didn't know that your beautiful red velvet pillows started out life as placemats. What?? You think you can ever have enough pillows!..xxoJudy

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    1. Thanks Judy! I made those pillows long before I started blogging...which was in 2013, so they've lasted a long time. And now you know just how long that silly placemat has been a velvet thorn in my crafty side! 😉 It feels good to have made something fun from it. xoxo

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  15. You've sure trained yourself to come up with the best frugal ideas! And not only are they frugal, they're beautiful as well.
    Brenda

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    1. Thanks Brenda...waste not want not...or something like that, right?

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  16. You are so clever! Your apron is adorable. I will be on the look out for placemats to do this with.

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    1. Thanks so much! It felt good to finally give this one a purpose...

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  17. I love it, and it's so nice you were able to finally use something that had been tucked away. You're so creative, Kim!

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    1. Thanks Ann! I am excited...it kept falling out of the linen closet reminding me to do something with it for years!!

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  18. CUTE! What a great idea.
    Thank you for sharing with us. Well done post as well.
    Carla

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    1. Thanks Carla. The best part of this project was hanging with my kids and crafting in front of a {bad} Netflix Christmas flick.

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  19. All of your projects turned out wonderfully! I sure wish I could sew...my mother tried to teach me but it just didn't stick!!! Can't wait to start decorating for Christmas but need to get through Thanksgiving first:)

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    1. I'm with you, Cheri. Christmas music and Christmas crafting is ok... but no decorating here until the turkey is gone!

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  20. That is just too cute! I would have left them tucked in a drawer forever...LOL. You are so creative and I just love this apron...and those pillows! Love and hugs!

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    1. Thanks Benita! And trust me it’s been siting untouched for years. I just finally got sick of it falling out of the closet on me.

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  21. What a clever thing to do to an unruly placemat! Very cute and Christmasy! I love the little tree.

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    1. Thanks so much, Melissa! I do like that little tree, too...just don't look too closely at the seams. 😉

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  22. "I just can’t seem to part with even one scrap of that fabric. I think it’s a sickness!! "
    well if it's a sickness then it's the best kind to have!
    like it's writer/DIY'er… it's adorable!

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    1. Thank you, Tammy...says the blushing writer. 🥰

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  23. I love your ideas! My daughter loves old aprons and has a stash of some from my great aunt.

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    1. I am an apron junkie, Tammie. I don't have a great collection...well, unless you count Pinterest! Ha!!

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  24. Oh that's just so adorable Kim and I never in a million years would have imagined I would say something like that about an apron of all things. I can just picture you welcoming all your guests with a home cooked meal and that pretty apron. Seems like it wanted to hug you all along ;-)

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    1. Thank you Michelle! And I love your hug comment. Now that's adorable!!

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  25. What a great idea and it's beautiful. I am going to make this for sure. Happy Thanksgiving.

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    1. Thanks Vanessa. I hope you'll share if you do make one!! Happy Thanksgiving!

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  26. Wow! Such a good idea. Your apron looks great - and what a super colour it is!

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thanks so much, Jan! Now if I could just cook like you, I'd be in business!! Best to you!

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  27. Kim I love how you repurposed that placement. The tree really makes it special and the two fabrics even more so!

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    1. Thanks Mary! I just can't seem to get enough of this fabric...

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  28. Perfect....pillows and apron.
    I knew you could master that sewing machine...you GO girl!!!
    Blessings,
    J

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    1. Thanks so much, J!! It took some work, but I think that machine and I have finally found some common ground. For now...😉

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  29. What a pretty apron, and that little tree is so cute. Glad you decided to upcycle the placemat instead of tossing it out. Perfect for the holidays.

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  30. VERY crafty, my friend. I also like the little tree and and lace, they add a certain something to the apron. I have a whole stack of aprons that are way to pretty to use :-)
    Amalia
    xo

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