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A lovely DIY spring table arrangement using my DIY no-sew placemats, coasters, napkins and silver wear fasteners.
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They're washable!

Today I would like to share one of my more clever ideas (if I do say so myself). I made some lovely fabric placemats which can be very easily washed with a wet cloth and soap (or your favorite cleaning agent--tho I don't recommend bleach, since it will discolor your fabric), or by rinsing briefly under weakly flowing water (warning: water that is too hot or a high pressure will melt the mod podge and can cause spotting).

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For this project you will need a piece of fabric, a piece of cardstock, a magazine, scissors and mod podge

To begin this project you will need a few supplies (most of which I usually have on hand). If you are wondering, I got this nice floral patterned quarter and the cardstock from Walmart, but if you have a spare piece of fabric, that will work too.

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Cut the cardstock to your desired size. If you are more clever than I, you will consider measuring the length, and tracing a line with a ruler before cutting
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Line up the precut cardstock against the fabric (you can use spray adhesive to temporarily stick the pieces together, just make sure to use the wrong side of the fabric

I use fabric shears (danka dear mother), and regular craft scissors (don't ever cut paper with your fabric shears!). Measure out the desired width of your placemat (I recommend tracing with a ruler so that you will not have crooked edges like I do) and cut the cardstock. Use your measured cardstock to cut down the fat quarter, leaving an inch or so of fabric as a border (you can use more or less, or cover the whole piece of cardstock, depending on your tastes--this will be the back of the placemat.

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Place your magazine article between the cardstock and the fabric, use enough to cover the whole piece of cardstock
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Leave a border around the cardstock to make nice edges and place the cardstock, magazine side down on the wrong side of the fabric

I used pages from a magazine to add extra support to my placemat. I thought that the waxy pages might help to protect the paper from water damage. I am not sure that it actually works, but hey---it doesn't hurt! If your fabric is especially thin, you may want to use an extra piece of cardstock so that you cannot see the magazine through the fabric (or you could just skip this bit). If you've decided to proceed, use a paintbrush and some mod podge to stick the magazine to the cardstock. Then place the cardstock, magazine side down on the wrong side of the fabric. The excess mod podge on the magazine will adhere it to the fabric (don't worry if its not, we will be adding more mod podge later).

Cover the whole piece of cardstock with mod podge. Fold the edges of your fabric border around the cardstock; add more mod podge on top of the fabric. Try to smooth out any wrinkles with your fingers. You will notice that my raw edges left a few strings, but not to fear--if you've been careful and have trim neat edges, this won't be an issue, if not--try to push the strings into the edges of the border to hide them (you will need to do this before the glue dries). Allow the back of the placemat to dry before proceeding (otherwise you will get junk stuck to it).

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You can use a paper towel or a large brush to cover more area quicker.

Once your back is dry, cover the whole front of the placemat with mod podge. You can use a paper towel or a large brush to cover more area quicker.  Smooth out wrinkles with your fingers. Allow the whole mat to dry before attempting to use or handle it...and that's it. You're done! The placemat will be stiff, but flexible, with a water resistant, easy to clean surface (and they're awfully pretty!)

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When it's dry, your placemat will be stiff but flexible--and reversible
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Hopefully your mat isn't quite this uneven! Chalk it up to my poor cutting skills and my inability to remember to use a ruler!
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The back of my placemat is not as well done as it could be, (I got better with #2...but still failed to follow some of my own simple tips) but if you are a bit more patient, you may be able to smooth the wrinkles, trim the edges and not stick a bunch of crumbs to it before its dry
Tammysew
6/2/2013 11:17:54 pm

These are cute... I love your way of disregarding you skills makes it a little more personal.. I am a lousy cutter too and I make space suits!!

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Corina
6/3/2013 04:21:20 pm

Haha! So humbling, Tammysew, and a great reminder not to discount our talents, we could be making space suits! :)

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10/14/2013 04:07:35 pm

It is precious information for me and this all place-mats looking so nice. and thank you so much for providing this.

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10/15/2013 03:29:25 am

Thank you for your comment, I'm glad you found this tutorial helpful! :)

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12/31/2014 03:23:40 am

I made some lovely fabric placemats which can be very easily washed with a wet cloth and soap (or your favorite cleaning agent--tho I don't recommend bleach, since it will discolor your fabric),

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