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Easy Sew Burlap Placemats

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I originally shared this sewing tutorial on Ideas for the Home by Kenarry on July 13, 2015. You can read the original post HERE. I’ve updated the below post to be more accurate.

These easy to sew burlap placemats feature burlap and linen for added durability. It’s a simple and quick project for burlap lovers!

burlap placemat and silverware

As you know, burlap can be a little difficult to work with because of how much it ravels. So, I did a little experimenting with the placemats until I came up with just the right look.

I just love the way these burlap placemats turned out and they were super easy to sew! Although I like the look of the burlap placemats with the fringe edges, but I wasn’t sold on the durability.

Burlap, as I’m sure you know, likes to come un-woven. Simply sewing stitches around the perimeter of the placement just didn’t seem sturdy enough for my family.

So, I came up with the idea of sewing the burlap onto natural cotton linen. The linen makes the placemats reversible and adds stability and durability to the burlap. I love the look of the natural linen cotton with its fibers and think it contrasts well with the burlap. For even more anti-fraying assurance, I added a top stitch around the entire edges of the placemat.

Easy Sew Burlap Placemats


  • burlap
  • cotton or linen fabric
  • sewing machine
  • scissors
  • matching thread


  • Cut the burlap so that it measures 16″ x 22″ for each placemat you want to make.
  • Cut the cotton fabric so that it measures 16″ x 22″ for each placemat you want to make.
  • You should have one 16″ x 22″ piece of burlap and one 16″ x 22″ piece of cotton fabric for each placemat.
  • Lay one piece of cotton fabric face up and lay one piece of burlap face down onto the cotton fabric. Sew around the placemat using an 1/2″ seam allowance. Be sure to leave about a 3″ opening for turning the placemat.
  • Trim seams and clip corners.
  • Turn the placemat inside out, being sure to push out the corners.
  • Press the seams down flat (with your iron) around the entire placemat. Then top stitch about 1/4″ from the edge of the placemat around the entire placemat.
  • Repeat for each placemat.

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burlap placemats and silverware

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