It's fall, y'all, and that means it's time for rustic tutorials, cozy patterns, and all things homey. I'm looking forward to posting more tutorials for you this season! Here's a simple one on how to make coffee bag placemats - easy, pretty, and a great way to recycle a coffee bag from your local roaster!
You will need:
- A coffee bag or roll of burlap
- Black embroidery thread (or Aunt Lydia's Fashion Crochet Size 3, which I used)
- B/2 (2.25mm) crochet hookSewing needle
- Sewing machine with matching black thread
Start by cutting the coffee bag or burlap into a 16.5" by 12.5" rectangle. Make sure the edges are even by pulling on the burlap weaves and keeping the edges straight. Sew a straight seam around the edge of the place mat, about a half inch in, to keep the edges from unraveling.
Next, blanket stitch around the entire edge with the size 3 thread, using the machine-sewn seam as a depth guide. Here is a great guide to blanket stitching! You don't even have to sew an exact number of stitches per side, just make sure they look uniform. Tie off.
With the same size 3 thread and the B crochet hook, join in the horizontal bar of one of the blanket stitches and pull up a loop. Work single crochet in same bar, *chain 1, single crochet in next bar, repeat from * across each edge, working (single crochet, chain 3, single crochet) in each corner. Join. (Now, this is where it's a bit tricky - it is okay if you don't have an even amount of blanket stitches to work into - just compensate with an extra single crochet or chain stitch if you need to.) Next, single crochet in corner chain 3 space, chain 5, single crochet in same space, *chain 3, single crochet in next chain 1 space, chain 5, single crochet in next chain 1 space, repeat from * across edges, working (single crochet, chain 5, single crochet) in corner chain 3 spaces. Remember, you may have to work two chain 3's in a row, or two chain 5's, depending on how it works out. It will look great in the end, so don't worry! :) Tie off and weave in the ends under the single crochet stitches.
Congrats! You now have a beautiful new placemat for your table! Make a set of these to give away as a housewarming gift or bridal shower gift.
March 14, 2016 edit: These placemats were featured in the 2016 issue of GreenCraft Magazine! Read more here.