Want to make some lovely placemats like these, from tea towels, or just from some fabric you've got lying around?... no single placemat the same!
Find a groovy tea towel that has a vertical pattern that runs the length of the tea towel (ie. so that when you fold it in half, either half still looks good and can be read, if there is text).
Thoroughly wash and dry the tea towel, then iron it flat.
Cut some heavy weight fusible interfacing to almost the size of the tea towel, as close to the long edges as possible, but a little bit off the "end" edges.
Fuse the interfacing onto the tea towel.
Fold the tea towel in half, RIGHT sides together, and pin the sides where you would like to sew them. I also get a ruler out and draw perpendicular lines from the folded edge, so that I know it will be reasonably squared when I sew it.
Sew the sides together.
Snip the corners at the fold (without snipping right near or on the stitching), so that when you turn it out, it won't be bunchy in the corners.
Turn it out the right way and push out the corners with a finger, so that the corners re pushed all the way out to as pointed as possible.
Iron the NEARLY FINISHED placemat flat, making sure the side seams are pushed out and even as possible, to enable stitching around the edge.
Next bits can be a little tricky if you don't sew a lot. I do it at the ironing board so I can iron and pin simultaneously....
This is optional, but in order to make the placement as square as possible, some of them require some cutting at this point. I use a ruler to measure from the folded edge up to the open edge, to a point where you are happy to cut a straight line across. Mark this line all the way across, measuring each time from the folded edge, then cut the open edge along this line which after all your measuring should be parallel with the folded edge.
Fold in both sides of the open end, press flat and pin, making sure you are folding each end in to be even with the other. Pin in place.
FINALLY THE 2nd LAST STEP! starting on the pinned edge, sew around the outer edge of the placement, as close as you can in order to include both sides of the opening, removing the pins as you go. Continue stitching the same distance from the edge, all the way around the placement until you are back at the beginning (always do some reverses/forwards to finish stitching, to prevent unravelling).
LAST STEP! Sew another line of stitching inside the first line, at a distance that you like ( I usually do just under a centimetre). Once this is done... HURRAH! NEW PLACEMAT!