DIY Rustic Table Mat – add a touch of shabby chic
Welcome to my Blog, the DIY component of Kylie.T. Interiors. Today I’m going to show you how to make a DIY rustic table mat through this simple step by step tutorial
1 – Sewing machine
2 – Ruler
3 – Tape (any type, Scotch tape is suitable)
4 – Cotton same color as burlap and lace
5 – Pins
6 – Scissors
7 – Iron
8 – Spray starch
9 – Burlap (Hessen)
10 – Lace with ribbon threaded through it (from any craft/fabric store)
How do we make it?
Step 1: Cut your burlap out in the size and shape of your choice. This is your table mat base. Mine is rectangular and about 18″ x 11” (45cm x 28cm).
Step 2: Cut 2 pieces of lace to the same length as the longer sides of your table mat base, in my case these are 18” (45cm) long.
Step 3: Obtaining your matching thread for the lace – from the table mat base, pull the same number of threads from the longest sides and bundle together at the tip of one end with tape, so they look like the end of a shoelace. I put between 5-10 threads together depending on how thick I want it.
Step 4: Tack the burlap threads through the existing loops in the lace as though the taped end was a needle and the burlap threads were the cotton. Make sure it is over the top of the existing ribbon.
Step 5: Ensure that one of the loops on the top side of your lace covers the end of the burlap thread and the existing ribbon. Pin it in place then turn it over and tape in place on the underside.
Step 6: Using zig-zag stitch on your sewing machine, secure the burlap thread on the UNDERSIDE of your lace as close to the ends as possible. Do this for both pieces of lace.
Step 7: From each short side of the table mat base, pull the same number of threads as you did from the long sides. Discard. Your table mat base is now left with an even sized fringe around it’s perimeter.
Step 8: Using the same color cotton, straight stitch around the inside edge of the table mat base fringing where the weave is about to begin. This will stop any fraying.
Step 9: Iron the table mat base.
Step 10: Place the lace a few cm up from, and parallel, to the longest fringed edges of the table mat base ensuring it is in line with the beginning of the weave on the short side (you don’t want to cover the fringing on the short side) Secure with pins. There will be a slight overhang at the other end.
Step 11: Change your sewing machine cotton to the same color as your lace. Attach each piece of lace to the table mat base by sewing along all 4 sides so it is completely fixed.
This is what it will look like on the back.
Step 12: Snip any excess lace off to align with fringing at both ends.
Step 13: Iron with spray starch to help reduce wrinkles and maintain shape.
…and your done!
Here are some pics of mine:
Sources of inspiration: