DIY Summer Placemats

We were never the place mat kind of family growing up. With five kids, each a year and a half or so apart in age, my parents were pretty no nonsense, no frills. Just one big, crazy, close and casual group eating my dad’s home-cooked food around a pretty plain table. Then I headed to Sweden for two years. I found that things in my then-fiance, now-husband’s family were much more formal when it came to dining. No matter the gathering, everyone always seemed to be dressed up. And so was the table. Perfectly arranged settings for kids and adults alike. Always using real plates and silverware, even for outdoor meals. Placemats. Candles. Creatively folded napkins. But there wasn’t anything snooty about it. Meals together were simply treated as an occasion.

And now that I have my own little family, it’s something I appreciate and something we’ve tried to adopt as well. So I was happy to get a lesson in sewing napkins and placemats from Meredith of Wait Till Your Father Gets Home recently. I’m definitely going to make them sometime in the coming weeks and am considering using P. Kaufmann’s Outdoor Clarice Pacific Blue and Deck Chair Stripe Sand.

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But minds have been known to change on these things before, so we’ll see! In the mean time, check out Meredith’s cloth napkin tutorial and placemat tutorial using Premier Prints and Waverly fabrics.

Photo Credit Waittilyourfathergetshome.com

Photo Credit Waittilyourfathergetshome.com

Photo Credit Waittilyourfathergetshome.com

Photo Credit Waittilyourfathergetshome.com

Have a great weekend guys!