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Decorative felt placemats

Add a touch of colour to your table with these handy tablemats. Make up a set or two in bright primary colours to dress up your table for family gatherings or fun entertaining.

 

You will need:

Plate for template
Paper for template
Compass
Felt in different colours
Dressmaker’s chalk
Small sharp scissors
Striped silk or similar fabric - fabric offcuts work perfectly!

Here's how:

Step 1
Trace the circumference of the plate onto some paper. Use a compass to draw another circle within this, with a radius 2cm smaller. Hand-draw small scallops around the edge of the smaller circle, within the outer edge. Cut out with scissors.

Step 2
Position this scallop template over two pieces of felt and pin in place. Use dressmaker’s chalk to trace round the scalloped edge. Cut out with scissors.

Step 3
Cut a smaller circle of paper to the size of the inside rim of the plate and pin to a piece of the striped fabric. Cut out the circle and press under a very small hem all round.

Step 4
Pin and tack the striped circle of material to the double layer of felt, centring it carefully. Then machine-stitch down close to the perimeter of the striped circle.

 

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