Place mat in travelling style – DIY

I really love place mats, because they easily pimp the style of your kitchen or a dining table and easy to remove them if you use a table as I do – like a workplace.:) A rarely use tablecloth – so this place mat looks like the perfect thing between using nothing on the table and overdo.

If you follow me on Instagram, or saw my brand somewhere in the internet world – you know my style is little bit minimal, travel lover, adventurer, bohemian, beach style – so I choose a matching material when I started to think about this idea.


I choose a map printed fabric to make my travel inspiration for the table.:)


  • printed fabric, by your choice – I used 100% cotton
  • another fabric for the back of the place mats
  • cotton batting for the middle
  • sewing machine
  • straight pins
  • pen
  • large bowl – I used a fruit bowl because of the shape and the size
  • cutting mat
  • rotary cutter



Wash your fabrics first, because they going to shrink a little, then dry and iron them. The cotton battling is the exception – you don’t need to wash that.


Lay out your materials step by step, use the fruit bowl as a measure tool and draw a line around the bowl with the fabric pen. Do this with all the fabrics. After you have to cut them. For me it’s easier to use a cutting mat and a rotary cutter than work with scissors.




Put the layers together: so that your bottom layer, cotton batting, bottom layer and top layer turned around are all stacked on top of each other and smoothed out carefully so that there are no large wrinkles. You have to iron the bottom layer and the cotton batting together. They stick together.

I’m going to sew them almost round BUT LEAVE A LITTLE HOLE and after you can turn the material inside out. With hand stitches you can finish the sewing – this can be a little bit tricky, but it is going to worth it, so don’t give up! 🙂


And here we go, let’s serve a little snack and make conversation about bucket list – where to travel next.

I hope you make that too, and show me on instagram, use #studioretadiy! Have a great day! 🙂 R.






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