Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Tool Time Tuesday and Make A Gift On The 25th...Place Mats

Tool Time and Make A Gift On The 25th on the same day...Woo Hoo, it's a twofer!!

You know Tool Time is where I take something and turn it into something else.

"Make a Gift on the 25th" is a club where we can all make a gift for Christmas on the 25th of each month. If we craft ahead of time, we won't be proCRAFTinating on Christmas Eve. We've been doing this since July here at Sew Many Ways, but it's not too late!! Click here for past projects and join the club.

So here's today's project...a Christmas card holder.

Made from a place mat

Flip place mat over so the wrong side is up. Add ric rac, trim, ribbon etc to one of the edges.

I sewed the ric rac down the center.

Turn the raw edge of your trim over to the other side for a finished look.

Now fold up the decorated edge to about 1/3 from the top or however deep you want to make the pocket.

Pin the two sides on the right and left.

Sew 1/4 inch away from the edge from ric rac down to the fold.

There are different ways to hangs this, but I sewed two curtain rings to the back on each corner.

Quick zig zag to secure.

 Add a little bow and you're all set.

Add your Christmas cards as they start to come in for the holidays.

Another way is to hang it on the refrigerator with magnetic clips.

I started playing around with different designs.

Fold back the 2 corners and sew them down to form a roof line.

You can decorated your gingerbread house any way you'd like!!

even a little button for a door knob.

Pocket is still there for the cards.

Place mats are a very versatile item that are ready made and can be turned into something else quickly. It's hemmed and has finished edges for a fast project.

Look for them in the clearance section...these red place mats were only 50 cents!! Click here for other place mat projects

Have a wonderful Tuesday,


  1. This is such a great idea, so versatile, especially being hung of the fridge for recipes or what not! Thanks for sharing

  2. Really cute! Great idea for placemats. And I can do it!!! Thanks for the tutorial!

  3. I Loved Karen is a good gift for friends, good week


  4. GREAT idea!!! This would be a cute project for a Brownie troop to make as gifts for family members.

  5. Awww....too cute, Karen! I just might have to whip up a few :-)

  6. You are so darn clever! I love the little house -- this would be a fun project to do with older young children! :)

  7. Great idea! Love the Gingerbread House version! Though I have made card holders as gifts in the past, those I gave away and don't have one of my own. Funny how the crafter always seems to be last on her own list :)

  8. Such a quick and easy project with lots of bang for the buck!


  9. Karen,you are too clever for your own good!! LOl I have those exact same 'red' placemats and now I have the perfect excuse to make new ones. These would make cute gifts too!
    What another great idea!


  10. fun idea, and an easy make! Thanks for sharing.

  11. I love the house!!! I really really do !!


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