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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

{monogrammed vinyl placemats}

I have to admit, I've never been a placemat-user. I really have no idea why not, other than that I figured it was easier to clean the table than have to wash off something else. However, I've had a change of heart, and I'm ready to try anything in order to make clean up a little bit easier.

When I was thinking about what to use to make them with, I knew I needed something that would be super easy to wipe off, clean, and be able to handle a lot of abuse. Vinyl was the perfect answer. It's inexpensive, heavy duty, and met my easy-to-clean criteria. I paired it with another great textile--oilcloth--and it turned out exactly how I imagined!

Monogrammed Vinyl Placemats

  • clear plastic vinyl (You can buy this by the yard at any fabric store. There are several different weights, varying in price. I purchased a medium weight vinyl, and spent around $4, which was enough for 8 placemats.)
  • felt
  • paper template
  • pins
  • scissors
  • oilcloth
  • spray adhesive

1. Cut your vinyl to the size you want your placemat to be.
I made mine 18 inches wide, and 11 inches tall.

2. Print out a template for the monograms. I wanted a thick font, so it would be easier to cut out, so I used smiley monster, sized to 400.

3. Cut out your template, pin to the felt, and then cut out your felt letters. You could also trace your letter, instead of pinning it, but I've found it's a lot faster to pin it instead. The felt is thick enough that it will stay in place while you're cutting.

4. Spray the adhesive onto the oilcloth, following the can directions. (The spray I used had me leave it on for 1 minute, before laying on the felt.) Lay your felt monogram on top of the oilcloth, and press to seal.

5. Spray the adhesive on top of the letter, and the oilcloth, then press face down onto placemat. Turn the placemat back over to the front side, and press firmly to seal. Now your monogram is protected on both sides--the plastic vinyl on the front, and the oilcloth on the back.

That's it! Super simple, darling, and practical!



Blogger Randi said...

I LOVE those! I don't like placemats either although we always use them on the table we built because we don't want food getting stuck between the boards. This is a great idea!

August 4, 2010 at 7:18 AM  
Blogger leemeandthegirls said...

CAn I just say I LOVE YOUR BLOG??? Because I do. :)

August 4, 2010 at 9:17 AM  
Blogger Kelli @ RTSM said...

These are seriously adorable! Where did you get the oilcloth?!? Every fabric store I go in says that they don't carry it!

August 4, 2010 at 9:41 AM  
Blogger brown paper packages said...


I had the same problem, so I ended up ordering it online. I can't remember the exact place, but I just googled it, and then compared prices.

August 4, 2010 at 9:57 AM  
Blogger Angela Cooling said...

I now follow you and by the way "AWESOME" blog... I will have to attempt a few of your projects!!!

Check out my blog... I am new to the blog world.

August 4, 2010 at 12:08 PM  
Blogger MaryBerry Boutique said...

these are really cute! loVe them!

August 4, 2010 at 1:44 PM  
Blogger melissa said...

Hey I love your blog!! I just stumbled up on it. I will be back for updates!! thanks for the posts.

August 4, 2010 at 6:50 PM  
Blogger Alison said...

I adore this fun idea! I featured it here:

Thanks for the inspiration!

August 11, 2010 at 9:59 AM  
Blogger PeaceLoveApplesauce said...

I just love these!!
What's oil cloth? I need to look into this. :)

August 27, 2010 at 2:57 PM  
Blogger Jen B said...

Could you tell me what font you used for this project? I love all of your projects! Thank you for sharing all of your great ideas!

June 16, 2011 at 9:12 PM  

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