How I made a Heart Placemat from a Sweater

heart sweater placemat

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 I made 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.

pattern for sweater place mat

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.

sweater for making heart placemat

Next, I cut my sweater in half, separating the front from the back.

sweater for making heart placemat

Then, I removed the sleeves. Don’t discard the sleeves because there are other things you can do with those too.

sweater for making heart placemat

Fold the sweater in half and use the sketched half heart for your cutting guide.

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.

heart shaped sweater placemat

I keep a roll of freezer paper on hand for larger projects like this.

heart shaped sweater placemat

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.

heart shaped sweater placemat

And, here it is! My finished heart shaped sweater placemats.

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 I made a heart sweater placemat. I would love to hear if you try it.


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11 thoughts on “How I made a Heart Placemat from a Sweater

  1. wow…great idea…but what is the freezer paper for??? thank you for all the ideas on your site…thx

    1. It is just larger paper that I can use for bigger patterns. A regular size sheet of paper wasn’t large enough to make this heart pattern out of, so I keep a roll of freezer paper on hand for those larger projects.

  2. This is such a great idea! And then you can make sweater pumpkins with the sleeves!

    1. Thank you so much for sharing sweet friend!!

      Happy Saturday!

    1. Thank you so much for sharing sweet friend!!

  3. Cute idea!! I like using white sweaters for all kinds of things and the thrift stores have loads of them.

    1. Thank you! They are so easy an inexpensive to make!

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