This year it’s my turn to host our family’s dinner and I wanted to make a beautiful tablescape for the occasion. (Don’t tell the other holidays, but Thanksgiving is my favorite one!)
Of course no table setting is complete without beautiful placemats. I decided to try my hand at making my own from scratch. It sounds intimidating but it’s super quick and easy, I promise.
- Cotton fabric (1 yd.)
- Silhouette Heat Transfer (I used Copper Glitter)
- Iron or Heat Press
- Silhouette CAMEO®
- 12 in. x 24 in. Cutting Mat
- “Thanksgiving Script,” #ID 102619
Step One: Make The Placemats
If you’re anything like me, you probably have a hoard of fabric laying around your craft room. I had some cotton muslin collecting dust, so I pulled it out.
1. Cut your fabric into 12.5 in. x 18.5 in. rectangles
2. Stitch a 1/4 in. seam around the edges to stop it from over fraying
3. Toss the fabric in the washing machine and then in the dryer
This is the easiest way to get the frayed edges without having to sit and hand-pull the threads out.
Don’t be alarmed with you see clumps of thread when you pull it out. Just trim it all up and clean up any edges that need some extra attention.
Step Two: Open Your Design In Silhouette Studio®
Since this design is larger than the usual 12 in. x 12 in. cutting mat area, I used my longer 12 in. x 24 in. cutting mat.
To set up your design page settings for this longer mat:
- Click on the Design Page Settings tool at the top
- Select the 12 in. x 24 in. mat from the drop down menu
- Resize your page to your placemat size
Now you’re ready to open up the design file. This file has 2 designs included but I only wanted to use the “thankful” saying.
1. Select the images, right click, and select “Ungroup”
2. Resize the design to fill the width of your placemat using the Scale tool
I made four placemats, so I duplicated the design four times. See this post for how to duplicate your designs easily.
- Once you’re happy with the everything, mirror your design by right clicking and selecting “Flip Horizontally”
Don’t forget to mirror your design, otherwise your words will be flipped the wrong way!
2. Adjust the cut settings for your material
I selected the “Flocked” cut setting from the list of presets since they are both thicker materials.
Step Three: Cut Your Design
Because we are using the longer cutting mat, it can be a little tricky getting your material on straight. Don’t worry I have a trick!
Put your mat cover about 6 in. down on the mat. This way, you can position the material without it sticking to the rest of the mat. Once happy with the placement, peel away the mat cover like you would if it was transfer tape.
1. Load the mat
2. Cut your design
Notice my test cut square! Make sure to do a test cut to make sure it works before sending the full project to be cut. (Learn how a test cut improves the quality of your cuts here.)
Step Four: Weed And Adhere Your Design
Weeding with glitter heat transfer can be a little bit tricky because you can’t see the cut lines as well. I suggest good lighting and patience!
1. Place your design on your placemat
2. With either a heat press or an iron, press for 20 seconds at 320 degrees
I’m super lucky to own a heat press; it was my Christmas gift last year. My base is 15 in. x 15 in., so I had to angle the design to fit it on the press.
3. Peel off the clear plastic covering
Heat transfer is a hot peel product so pull off the carrier sheet right away. (Watch your fingers though, the plastic covering will be hot!)
The Final Product
Set your table and use your CAMEO to create other fun table decor!
What do you plan on making for your holiday tables?