Sewn Bilingual Placemats

3 Materials
1 Day

This project is perfect for families who use (or want to use) more than one language and who want their kids to learn to set the table properly! Each side of these placemats have the shapes of plates, glasses, napkin and silverware sewn and labelled. Use a different language per side to label each part!


  • two 13″ x 21″ (32 x 52 cm) rectangles of cotton fabric per placemat
  • one 13″ x 21″ (32 x 52 cm) rectangle of batting or flannel per placemat (optional)
  • scraps of contrasting fabric for the appliqué pieces
  • Heat n Bond Lite
  • fabric markers
  • materials for machine sewing

Download the FREE pattern here from my blog. Trace two of each pattern piece per placemat onto the paper side of the Heat n' Bond. Iron it to the wrong side of the scrap fabric and cut out along the lines.

Cut the rectangles of fabric for each placemat. Peel off the backing of the Heat n Bond and iron each piece in place on the placemat, shiny side down.

Sew around all the ironed pieces with a tight zig zag stitch. ( Click here to learn about this technique, machine applique, here on my blog.)

Then use the fabric marker to label each part. Heat set the marker according to the directions on the package.

Place the two sides of one placemat together, right sides facing. If you want extra volume, add another layer of batting or flannel on top of those. Then sew around the rectangle, leaving an opening in the center of one side.

Clip the corners, turn the placemat right side out, fold the fabric edges at the opening inwards, and press flat with a steam iron. Then sew around all four edges with a straight stitch.

Now all you have to do is decide what language to set the table in! Bon appetit!

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  • Mcgypsy9
    on May 12, 2020

    Now that’s an idea! Great project!

  • Flipturn
    on May 27, 2020

    It looks like you have mastered the satin stitch.

    Your appliqué outlines look very neat and even.

    Bien hecho! Well done!

    • Flipturn
      on May 29, 2020

      'Still requires practice and hand control though.

      Do you use an open-toe presser foot?

      I prefer the clear style, as it is easy to see the width of the stitches and the edges of the appliqué.

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