The first thing I did was make the pattern. I don't want huge placemats but ones that will hold the plate and the fork, knife and spoon. I used a paper bag to cut my template. I used my plate as a guide and cut about an inch above and below the plate and about two and a half inches on each side. Again, not too big.
Then it is a simple process. You can take a permanent marker or a fabric marker and trace the template onto the fabric, but in my case I just held it in place and cut around it. I am lazy like that.
Once you cut them out they will have an open edge on them so we now have to sew it up. You can take double folded bias tape in a coordinating color and sew it around the edges, but I didn't have enough in one color to do that so I just used my serger and serged all around it.
Voila! Here the are all done and ready to use. If you have stray strings or if it looks like it is going to unravel, put a bit of fabric glue on the stray threads and that will hold them.
It is a perfect size for my plates. If you want it bigger to fit a glass on it then make the template bigger. If you want to make smaller coasters then you can do that too. You can also make a table runner. Oh the possibilities!!!
The opposite side.
Okay, here is the best part of this whole thing. I bought this king sized quilt for $24.99 which came with two pillow shams as well. I made 10 place mats and still have a TON of material left over. I can buy a yard of this same stuff at Joann Fabrics for $14.99 to $19.99, but not have near as much fabric as I have here. My thought is that I am going to get a quilt in a Christmas pattern, maybe just buy a twin sized quilt, and make more place mats for the holidays. This is the cheapest way to get this material.