Make it Yourself: Stenciled Placemat

I recently made a small stenciled placemat for my niece. It is Montessori style and I used scraps of denim fabric and the freezer paper stencil method to transfer my sister’s drawing to the fabric.  It makes the perfect little addition for lunch or any meal.  Here’s an easy way to make it yourself!


what you will need:

  • Black Marker
  • Paper
  • Freezer Paper
  • Painter’s Tape
  • Cutting Mat
  • Craft Knife
  • Iron
  • Ironing Board
  • Cardboard
  • Sponge Brush
  • Fabric Paint
  • Two Denim or Fabric Scraps, 10×13″
  • Scissors
  • Sewing Machine

what you will need to do

  1.  On a piece of paper, draw shapes for a fork, spoon, plate, and glass. Tear off a piece of freezer paper and place the waxy side down on a cutting mat. Tape your drawing to the freezer paper with painter’s tape to hold in place.placemat_1
  2. Use a craft knife to carefully cut out the shapes.placemat_2
  3. Iron the freezer paper to the fabric with the waxy side down on low heat until the paper adheres to the fabric.placemat_3
  4. Place cardboard underneath your fabric. With a sponge brush, dab fabric paint on the stencil. Let dry according to the paint directions and peel off the freezer paper.placemat_5
  5. To sew the placemat, place another piece of fabric on top with the right sides facing each other. Sew along the edges. Leave an opening to turn right side out. Trim the corners with scissors.placemat_8
  6. Turn the placemat right side out and sew along the edge.placemat_9
  7. To make the placemat even more durable, you could iron on clear vinyl before sewing the two sides together.