Disclosure: I think I’m getting better at this no-sew thing. No hot glue burns or staple injuries this time around, just a floor littered with burlap threads.

Remember my confession a few weeks ago that I don’t sew? I used to think that was a crafting liability. But now I’m not so sure; turns out you can make some pretty fabulous projects minus a needle and thread.

Burlap and Utility Cloth No-Sew Fall Placemat & Napkin Ring

I’ve teamed once again up with four of my blogging friends — Debbie at Confessions of a Plate Addict, Ann at On Sutton Place, Barb at The Everyday Home and Yvonne at StoneGable — for a No-Sew Decorating Showcase.

Fall No-Sew Decorating Showcase

This time, our challenge was to create a no-sew craft or home decor project for fall.

No-Sew Fall Crafts Decorating Showcase

Just look at all these beautifully creative no-sew projects.

Burlap and Utility Cloth No-Sew Fall Placemat & Napkin Ring

I decided to create some placemats and napkin bands to dress up our kitchen table for fall, using burlap and some cute printed utility fabric.

Since I am not a seamstress, unlike the other bloggers in this group, I don’t have a lot of sewing supplies. So, I have to make do with what I have in my kitchen and craft stash.

Burlap and Utility Cloth No-Sew Fall Placemat & Napkin Ring

I do have a cutting mat and a rotary cutter, which were handy for this project. But plain old scissors would have done the trick, too.

But I don’t have one of those cool clear quilting rulers that make measuring, marking and cutting fabric so easy. So, I had to improvise and used an Ikea cutting board as my straight edge.

To create the pattern for my placemat, I laid an existing placemat over the burlap, allowing for a 1/2-inch seam allowance on each side.

http://www.joann.com/omnigrid-quilting-ruler-6-1-2-x24-/prd12990/

Once I had cut the burlap placemat, I removed some threads to fray the edges, then sealed them with fray check to prevent further fraying. (Clear fingernail polish would do the trick, too.) Be sure to put down wax paper to protect your surface when doing this step.

Burlap and Utility Cloth No-Sew Fall Placemat & Napkin Ring

I also used the cutting board as a pattern for the utility fabric inset for each placemat. I cut out a piece of utility fabric about 1 inch taller and 1 inch wider than the cutting board, to allow for a “seam.”

Utility cloth is the same stuff they make reusable grocery bags from, so it is super durable. I found this farmer’s market print at Joann last year. I think it would make a fabulous fabric-covered bulletin board, too.

Burlap and Utility Cloth No-Sew Fall Placemat & Napkin Ring

Next, I folded the edges of the utility cloth up to create a seam, then ironed them.

Burlap and Utility Cloth No-Sew Fall Placemat & Napkin Ring

Now, here’s the magic. Most no-sew projects call for iron-on fusible bonding in place of needle and thread. But I have a secret no-sew weapon.

Burlap and Utility Cloth No-Sew Fall Placemat & Napkin Ring

Aleene’s Fabric Fusion Peel-and-Stick No-Sew Tape. No heat required.

Burlap and Utility Cloth No-Sew Fall Placemat & Napkin Ring

You just put down a strip of double-stick tape, peel off the paper backing and press your seams together. This stuff is permanent and washable!

Burlap and Utility Cloth No-Sew Fall Placemat & Napkin Ring

I added a few strips to the back of my utility fabric, being carful to adhere the corners, and centered it on the fringed burlap placement.

Burlap and Utility Cloth No-Sew Fall Placemat & Napkin Ring

And there you have it, a quick, quick, quick and simple, simple, simple way to dress up your table for fall.

Burlap and Utility Cloth No-Sew Fall Placemat & Napkin Ring

For the napkin rings, I just cut a strip of utility cloth, folded down the raw edges, sealed them with peel-and-stick-tape and secured the tube the same way.

Be sure to check out all the other projects in the No-Sew Fall Decorating Showcase.

No-Sew Fall Crafts Decorating Showcase

No-Sew Fall Leaf Runner from The Everyday Home

Easy No-Sew Shirt Pumpkins from Confessions of a Plate Addict

Fall No-Sew Burlap Leaf Pillow from StoneGable

Reversible Burlap Banner from On Sutton Place

If you missed last-month’s no-sew challenge, when I made reupholstered a chair and dressed it up with jute webbing and fabric rosettes, click on the photo below.

Inspired by Fashion Ladderback Chair Makeover



Comments

  1. Amy – you really deserve an “Atta Girl” for this one. I haven’t used the tape before but I will sure look for it and give it a go. I love how you created an “inset” instead of making the whole placemat the same fabric. Brilliant!!! Thx for being part of our little group. xxoo Going to pin!

  2. I love this, Amy! I am new to peel and stick tape but I do believe I will try it! I’ve had fun with the “No-Sew” gang! Hugs…Debbie

    • Atta Girl Amy
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      Thanks, Debbie. I’m enjoying these challenges, too. Already cooking up ideas for Halloween, and I can’t wait to see what you come up with. (So sorry for my slow reply; keeping up with comments and emails is my Achilles heel of blogging.)

  3. Beautiful, your placemats and napkins are wonderful! and I’m with you on the no sew projects….my sewing machine and I had so many arguments that I finally had to get the last word by selling it for 2 bucks at a garage sale.

    • Atta Girl Amy
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      Someone got a deal at that yard sale, or maybe not.

      I had a sewing machine once, but I broke it. And I remember my mom having arguments with her sewing machine when I was a kid. I learned a lot of interesting words during those arguments! No-sew is much easier and much more child friendly.

  4. What a clever idea! I’ll have to look into that utility fabric I have never seen it before! LOVE the placemats! Amy you may not sew but you certainly have the creative gene! So much fun doing NO SEW’S with you!

    • Atta Girl Amy
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      Thank you so much, Yvonne. (I’m so sorry I’m so late replying to your kind comment, too!)

      I’d never seen that utility fabric either, but it was so cute, I had to snatch up a few yards.

      I’m enjoying these no-sew challenges with you ladies. You’re inspiring me and revving up my creativity for sure. Of course, I think one time we need to do a no-burlap, no-sew challenge! We bloggers love our burlap, don’t we?

  5. This is so cute and the best idea…I don’t think I could live without the double stick tape! Glad to be a part of this showcase with you…Ann

  6. Suzanne of Simply Suzannes at Home

    Hi Amy!
    You taught me something new about the no fray glue!
    Thanks so much for sharing your tutorial :0)
    Have a great week,
    Suzanne

  7. My kinda project right here. I love it, so pretty, and those napkins are a great Fall color with pops of orange.

    • Atta Girl Amy
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      Thanks, Debbie. (And so sorry for my late response. I’m the worst comment replier every!)

      I’m enjoying all your fall and Halloween projects, too. You always have such creative ideas.

  8. I LOVE that tape. I hate to mess with my sewing machine. This makes it so much easier

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