Last week I shared with you a gorgeous dinner party inspiration from our West Elm photoshoot on Palmetto Bluff. I think it’s safe to say these burlap placemats definitely were the main star. They were super easy to make and everyone commented how much they loved the pom-poms! Today I thought I’d share with you how to make your own at home.
These burlap placemats are a pretty low maintenance DIY. All you’ll need is a coffee bean bag or just normal burlap, vinyl fabric from the craft store, spray adhesive, a ruler and scissors, and embroidery thread. We upcycled our burlap from an old coffee bean bag that came from a local spot. Savannah Coffee Roasters, thanks for helping in our DIY process!
Steps 1 & 2
Start by choosing how large you want your placemats to be. (Ours were 12×14″.) Cut your burlap, while being very careful that you use one thread line. This helps prevent excessive fraying.
Next, cut your vinyl slightly smaller. Use the spray adhesive to combine. Let this dry for at least 30 minutes.
*Pro tip: before you cut, pull the last thread in the line you’re cutting. This will provide a clear path to guide your scissors.
Making The Pom-Pom Tassels
Next all you have to do is make the tassels and adhere them to the placemat. This is by far the most complicated step of the process, but once you have it down it goes pretty quickly!
First, cut a piece of card stock or cardboard DOUBLE the length you want your tassel. (Our piece was about a 5″ x 5″ square.) Wind your thread around the board in taut loops until you reach desired fullness (tassel will be twice as full as the loop around board).
Lay a 5-inch piece of thread horizontally onto where you are working. Slide the thread off your board, and center it onto 5-inch thread. Tie this 5-inch thread into a tight knot around middle of looped thread. Pull ends of this thread upward. Cut through looped ends, and adjust into a tassel shape.
Lastly, cut one thread around 12″ to tie as your main piece. This will hold that tassel on a string. Cut the two loops that you’ve tied this around and wha-la, you have a complete tassel!
We chose to do a variety of colors but I think it would look just as cute with a cohesive color scheme. Another fun thing is that you can play around with quantity and size of your tassels!
These placemats have been living in our dining room as of late and everyone loves them! What do you think, are you going to make some at home?