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How To Make DIY Placemats No Sew

If you are looking for creative DIY table decor, you will love these easy burlap placemats. I’m excited to share how to make no-sew DIY placemats 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 no-sew burlap placemats for spring.  Easy to make with glue and burlap fabric.

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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 dry my fabric, so I set up a makeshift clothesline between two trees.

Make temporary clothes line for drying burlap fabric for DIY Placemats

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 drawing the template, I cut eight petal pieces from magazine pages to ensure I liked the design.

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

To make working with the fabric easier, cut the fabric for each placemat.

If you make six placemats, you will have six pieces of burlap to stiffen.

Pattern for DIY Placemats  cut from magazine pages.

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. You can use Mod Podge if you prefer, but it’s more expensive. 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 thoroughly.

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 it to dry. The fabric may drip glue, so if it is not outdoors, be sure to protect the area with plastic or other disposable material.

Hang glue-soaked burlap fabric on a clothes line to dry.

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 can trace the petal design onto your fabric using a pencil.

You can download a template for the petals here.

Trace the pattern onto the stiff burlap for  Easy No-Sew DIY Placemats

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

Cut petal pieces to make no-sew burlap placemats for Spring Tablescape.

Construct DIY Placemats No Sew Method

First, lay out four petals, as shown in the 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.

Arrange your design by taping four petals to a flat surface for the DIY Placemats

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 ensure a better bond.

The DIY Placemats No Sew are assembled with permanent fabric glue placed around the connecting edges of the placemats

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

Weight the petals down until glue drys to make DIY Placemats No Sew Method.

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

Note: Be cautious about what material is used under the placemats because the glue may seep underneath. I saw a few spots on my table, but removing them was easy.

Weight the petals down until glue drys to make DIY Placemats No Sew Method.

The DIY Flower Placemat

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

At this point, you have many options. 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.

The DIY Placemat NO Sew method is like a flower petal.

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

The DIY Placemat Looks great for Spring and summer tablescapes

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

The placemat is perfect for Easter Tablescape in netural colors.

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

See Video Tutorial

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Be sure to see how the placemats look on the Easter Brunch Table Setting.

Easter Tablescape with bow tie napkin and bunny plates, bunny napkin rings and DIY Placemat

I liked this design so much that I later made another set for my Spring Table and painted it pink. See Spring Tablescape Ideas for details.

Spring Tablescape with Vintage Thrift Store Dishes and DIY Placemats No Sew and DIY Napkin Rings


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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.

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Thursday 14th of March 2024

Your placemats look so nice! Beautiful table.


Friday 15th of March 2024

Angie, I really appreciate this. They are so easy to make and can be customized for any occasion.


Wednesday 13th of March 2024

Still love these Rachel! Hoping to get around to it sometime soon. They are perfect for spring and Easter. pinned


Thursday 14th of March 2024

Cindy, Thank you for stopping by.


Monday 6th of March 2023

Great tutorial....easy ! Just loving your blog. Thanks, Joan...


Tuesday 7th of March 2023

Joan, I appreciate this so much. Thank you for stopping by.


Monday 6th of March 2023

I love this idea. It's so pretty. I would love to share this on my weekly newsletter. HUgs to you, my friend.


Monday 6th of March 2023

Renae, thank you so much. I'd love that.

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

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