It's my turn to host the Christmas dinner this year and I know I'll be running late with the cooking as usual so I thought what better way to keep the kids happy and amused at the dinner table than some chalk cloth place mats. I was amazed by how simple they were to make, all you need to know is how to sew.
What you need:
Oil cloth or some other material of choice
First of all you will need to decide on the size of your mats, then cut out a piece each of chalk cloth and your other material, I chose to use oil cloth so if any food gets spilt, it can easily be wiped up. Next you will need to prep your chalk cloth before you use it, luckily this step is super simple! Just grab a stick of chalk, turn it on it's side and run it over the whole piece of cloth, wipe the chalk off with a damp cloth and you are done! Now place the two pieces of material back to back, place your bias tape around the edges and pin it , just be warned that any holes that are made in the material will be there permanently so when you pin it make sure to do it very close to the edge. Next you want to place your ribbon in the middle of one of the short sides of the mat. First cut your ribbon to a good length, you want to be able to roll your mats up and tie a bow around them with the ribbon, mine ended up being about 30 cm long. Fold your piece of ribbon in half and pin the folded edge in under the bias tape. Sew the bias tape to the mats. If you don't know how to sew bias tape there are a lot of great online tutorials that can take you through it step by step. I decided to machine sew in one side, then hand sew the other for a neater look but doing this is time consuming and hard work on the fingers! I think I need to buy a thimble!!! Now you're almost done! Here is how mine look, excuse the wrinkles, they have been rolled up for a few days now but the wrinkles do drop out again. Now all that's left to do is to roll the mats up, throw in a box of chalk and a duster and tie up the ribbon.You can always throw in a pretty little Christmas tag as well if you want :)