These DIY Round Jute Placemats, are a great way to add some texture to the table, not to mention how stunning they look, and soooo simple to make.
The City Farm House site showed these Pottery Barn inspired placemats being made out of jute. However , I was concerned about my table being scratched, so when I came across the Tikkido site, using sisal rope and felt, problem solved…just use felt as a backing !
I have to admit that the jute adds more texture and the sisal looks more nautical, but both add so much to the table setting, it’s hard to decide which one to do. So, I guess it’s just a matter of preference and the final look you’re going for.
Creates 1 – 13 inch diameter placemat
35 feet of either 3/8″ jute or1/4 inch natural sisal rope
felt (your color choice… for backing)
hot glue gun
For the felt backing: Place a 13″ charger or plate on top of the felt, trace around the plate, then cut around the circle.
Rope Circle – Coil & Glue: Start with a large circle of hot glue in the center of the felt circle. Cut the tip of the rope at a slight angle, and place on the glue in the center, pressing firmly.
Once the center is glued down, add glue to the outer edge of the rope in the center, and coil more rope around the center and start forming a tight rope circle.
Allow the glue to drizzle onto the felt as you continue to coil, and be sure to pull the rope snuggly and glue the coils together pressing firmly.
Continue this gluing and coiling process until you get to the outer edge of the circle. Once you’ve gone all around the edge, cut the end of rope at an angle, tuck the end under the edge, glue and press firmly to finish. Allow to dry thoroughly before using or lifting off of the work surface.
A 100 feet of 1/4 ” diameter jute = 2 placement , with plenty leftover, just not enough to make a third.