I chose a plaid that my grandmother gave me.....FREE! Can't beat that. I am making six placemats.
Most placemats I've seen at stores measure 14"x9". I cut six matching pieces of fabric to that size, I am not hemming them so there's no need to cut them larger in order to have seam allowances.
I used my sewing machine base plate as a guide and simply sew a straight stitch all around the edge, it gives me roughly a 1 1/2" fringe. You can also measure it out and mark the fabric with a "mark-b-gone" pen or dressmakers chalk. Heck, use a pen, you're going to sew right over the top of it anyhow.
Once you've stitched all four sides (backstitching where you start/stop) the real fun begins. I'm lovin' fringe these days, with a sharp pair of scissors simply cut your fringe into the edges all the way around, being careful not to knick your stitch line. I just haphazardly cut them trying to keep them fairly even and small.... This is the most time consuming part of the whole project.
|Here it is with a simple stitch roughly 1 1/2" in from the edge.|
| You'll end up cutting out the corners as shown.|
Here they are done and ready for use.