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How To Make DIY Placemats No Sew

I’m so excited to share How to Make DIY Placemats No Sew using burlap fabric and fabric glue for Spring.

I wanted a flower shaped placemat or charger for my Spring Tablescape but as often happens, I couldn’t find exactly what I wanted.

Then I remembered seeing a DIY Placement Tutorial by Wendy at WM Design House from last fall. Her cute pumpkin placemats were the inspiration for these Flower Placemats.

DIY Placemats No Sew

First, I purchased 1 yard of white burlap to make the DIY placemats.

Also, I knew I would need a spot to hang my fabric to dry so I set up a makeshift clothesline between two trees.

Planning the design

I had an idea of what I wanted the placemats to look like, so I drew a template pattern to go by.

After I drew the template, I cut 8 petal pieces from magazine pages to make sure I liked the design.

Then I placed the templates on the fabric to determine how much fabric would be used for each placemat.

In order to make working with the fabric easier, cut the fabric for each placemat. If you are making 6 placemats, you will have 6 pieces of burlap to stiffen.

Stiffen Fabric for DIY Placemats

Use a large mixing bowl or disposal baking pan to mix glue and water.

Mix Elmers glue with an equal amount of water and stir well. If you prefer you can use mod podge but it’s more expensive and both work equally well. Since I had a small amount of each, I mixed both together for this project.

Add the burlap fabric strips to the glue mixture and saturate throughly.

Squeeze or twist to remove excess glue and smooth the fabric as much as possible to avoid excess wrinkles.

Hang the burlap fabric and allow to dry. The fabric may drip glue, therefore be sure to protect the area with plastic or other disposable material if not outdoors.

Trace Template on Fabric

After the fabric dries, it may be necessary to use a hot iron to smooth excess wrinkles. You will not get the fabric 100% smooth, but that’s OK.

Now you are ready to trace the petal design onto your fabric using a pencil.

You can download a template for the petals here.

Next, cut the individual pieces for the flower petals using small scissors.

Construct DIY Placemats No Sew Method

First, lay out four of the petals as shown in photo below. I used the squares on my table to align the pieces evenly and taped the pieces to avoid movement.

You can use a cutting mat to help with alignment or draw a pattern on paper or cardboard.

Next, using permanent fabric glue, apply a bead to each petal only where the petals will overlap.

In addition, apply a bead of fabric glue, in approximately the same location, to each top petal and press the glued sides together.

The additional glue on both sides of the petals will assure a better bond.

Due to the stiffness of the burlap, it may be necessary to tape and/or weigh the petals down until the glue sets.

After all the pieces are in place, add additional weight to assure the pieces will adhere firmly.

Note: Be cautious what material is used under the placemats because the glue may seep down underneath. I saw a few spots on my table but it was easy to remove.

The DIY Flower Placemat

Once the glue is dry, you are ready to style your placemats.

There are many options at this point. You can add paint to highlight the petals. For my first table, I decided to leave the petals natural.

When using the individual petals, you are adding depth to the design.

I’m working on an Easter Table Setting so here is one version with the new DIY Placemats

The placemats feel very sturdy and I love how they look on my table.

I’ve also included a video tutorial for your convenience and see the full supply list on the HOW-TO below.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Stay tuned to see these placemats on my Easter Brunch table on Thursday!



Yield: 6

How To Make DIY Placemats No Sew

How To Make DIY Placemats No Sew

Easy to make No Sew Placemats with burlap

Prep Time 30 minutes
Active Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost 8


  • 1 yard 48" wide white burlap
  • Elmers Glue
  • Permanent Fabric Glue


  • Scissors
  • Clothes Pins
  • Tape
  • Large Bowl


1. Make a template for your pattern

2. Cut white burlap fabric into sections for each individual placemat

3. Make a 50/50 mixture of water and Elmers glue

4. Drip Fabric in Glue mixture until coated and remove excess glue by twisting fabric.

5. Smooth the wet fabric as much as possible and hang to dry. Be sure to hang and protect surfaces from glue drips below the fabric. If the fabric is very wrinkled after drying, iron until somewhat smooth.

6. Once dry, trace your template onto the fabric and cut the design with scissors.

7. Align pieces of burlap and tape down the first 4 pieces.

8. Add a bead of fabric glue where the pieces will overlap and place the remaining 4 pieces to adhere.

9. Tape everything down and/or use items to weight the pieces down until the glue is dry. Read manufacturer instructions regarding glue drying time.


The time lines do not include drying time for the fabric stiffener or the fabric glue.

If you hang glue saturated fabric outside, it will dry within a few hours.

There are many options for the design so if you choose to change the design, you may need more or less fabric.

Did you make this project?

Please leave a comment on the blog or share a photo on Instagram

Kim | Shiplap and Shells

Monday 21st of March 2022

I'm always so amazed by your creativity and how you come up with these incredible DIY projects Rachel. You've shared another brilliant one here.


Monday 21st of March 2022

Kim, I really appreciate your encouragement and support. Thanks for your kind words


Monday 21st of March 2022

These placemats are just what my Spring table is missing. Thank you for all your creative ideas.


Monday 21st of March 2022

Carolyn I'm so glad you like them. I can't wait to see what you do for your table.


Monday 21st of March 2022

ADORABLE! You are so creative. Thanks, Rachel.


Monday 21st of March 2022

Miche, I really appreciate your encouragement.


Monday 21st of March 2022

These placemats are darling. Your talent is out of the park and I just love opening your email and reading the next creative brillant idea you are sharing.


Monday 21st of March 2022

Diana, You are so kind. I appreciate your encouraging words and you continued support.


Monday 21st of March 2022

Those are adorable! Love your creative sense! Can you use Elmer’s glue on decoupage projects; paper napkins as well instead of mod podge?


Monday 21st of March 2022

Pam, I don't know if I'd try Elmer's for a paper napkin project. It might not work as well. Let me know if you try it.

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