I was looking for something fun and different to use for a placemat for my Valentine’s tablescape. Since I couldn’t find anything I liked, I decided to make my own. I want to show you how to make a heart placemat from a sweater.
My inspiration came from the thrifted sweaters I used for chair slipcovers for my New Year’s Day tablescape.
I had purchased more than I ended up needing for the slipcovers, so I used them to make placemats. 1 sweater made 2 placemats. I used the front for one and the back for another.
directions for heart sweater placemat
You will need 1 sweater for every 2 placemats you want to make.
I used a plate to determine the size I wanted my heart placemat to be.
I placed the plate in the center of my sweater and drew a rough sketch of the size I wanted.
Next, I cut my sweater in half, separating the front from the back.
Then, I removed the sleeves. Don’t discard the sleeves because there are other things you can do with those too.
Fold the sweater in half and use the sketched half heart for your cutting guide.
options for making a heart pattern
If you don’t feel comfortable free handing a pattern, you can use a large piece of white paper. Fold it in half and cut half of a heart shape out. When you open it up, it will be a perfect heart shape. You can easily alter the shape a bit until you get the exact size you want.
I keep a roll of freezer paper on hand for larger projects like this.
The only purpose for the freezer paper in this project is the large size of the paper. A regular sheet of paper isn’t big enough.
The first sweater I used had a great cable knit pattern, but the second one didn’t have much pattern except the band around the bottom. So, I turned my heart pattern to incorporate the band for a little added character.
And, here it is! My finished heart shaped sweater placemats.
will you make one?
They were super easy to make, and my thrifted sweaters cost about $5 each. I got 2 placemats per sweater, so $2.50 per placemat is pretty reasonable, if you ask me.
Not to mention, they are quite unique. Take a look at my Galentine’s Day brunch tablescape to see how I incorporated these heart placemats.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial for how to make a heart placemat from a sweater. I would love to hear if you try it.