How To Make A Patio Pocket Placemats

How To Make A Patio Pocket Placemats

Crafting Time:
  • 1-2 Hours
Skill Level:
  • Intermediate
Project Courtesy of: Coats and Clark
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Additional Information



  • 1 spool Coats & Clark® Outdoor Thread
  • 1 spool Coats & Clark® Dual Duty XP all purpose thread
  • 1/2 yd. each, 3 coordinating outdoor upholstery fabrics
  • Sewing machine
  • Topstitching needle, size 16/100
  • Hand sewing needle with large eye


    Finished size: 14" x 20", makes 2 placemats
    Seam Allowances are 1/2". Thread sewing machine with all-purpose thread.
  1. From each 1/2 yd fabric, cut 2 rectangles, 15" x 21". Mix and match the rectangles so that each set has three pieces—a pocket, a front and a back.
  2. Fold pocket rectangle in half to form a 7 1/2" x 21” rectangle.
  3. Right sides up, align the cut edges of the pocket with the front rectangle. Baste the sides and lower edge of the pocket to the front 1/4" from the cut edges.
  4. Mark a line 6 1/2" from the left placemat edge, along the pocket height.
  5. Thread sewing machine with Outdoor thread. Lengthen stitch and use a topstitching needle. Topstitch along the marked line starting at the lower edge. At the pocket fold, take one stitch across and stitch another line parallel to the first one down to the lower pocket edge. This forms the silverware/napkin pocket.
  6. With right sides together and matching all edges, place the placemat back over the placemat front.
  7. Stitch around all edges leaving a 4" opening for turning along one short side above the pocket.
  8. Trim and grade the seam allowances and clip bulk from the corners. Press the seam allowances open. Turn the placemats right side out through the opening, gently poke out the corners and press the edges. Hand stitch the opening edges closed.
  9. Using Outdoor Thread and a 4 mm long stitch, topstitch around the placemat 1/2" from the edge. Leave 5" tails at the beginning/ending of the stitching.
  10. Insert the thread ends into a hand sewing needle and bury the tails between the placemat layers.