Wednesday, January 11, 2012

No Sew Fabric Scrap Placemat

I had some leftover fabric from making the butler's pantry box pleat valance, so I thought I'd use it to make a matching placemat for the dogs' food dishes.

It couldn't have been easier. In fact, this project hardly needs a tutorial because you are basically just sandwiching some fabric and ribbon between two sheets of contact paper, however I did learn a couple of things along the way that you might find helpful.

My materials included a piece of scrap fabric, some leftover ribbon, and clear contact paper.

I measured my fabric 1 inch smaller in the length and width than I wanted the finished placemat to be, then cut out a sheet of contact paper slightly larger than the finished size (you'll trim it later).
Peel back the paper off the contact paper.
 Then place the fabric right side up on top of the sticky side.
 Trim any excessive threads.
 Use ribbon to cover up the raw seam by placing half on the fabric, half on the contact paper.
 When all four sides are finished, cut the second sheet of contact paper larger than the bottom sheet and position it over the ribbon, fabric, and bottom sheet of contact paper.
Make sure all the seams are adhered.
 Trim, leaving about a quarter of an inch of contact paper border.
 Voila!
Oh look, here comes one of the dogs to test it out...
 What do you think, Harry?
I love when my hard work is appreciated.

36 comments:

Maury said...

You are too cute! Such a great use of leftover fabric!

DecorandtheDog said...

Look at that smile!!

Ike would tear this apart. He hates things under his dishes. Such a diva. At least your children are behaved.

Lindsay said...

Cuuuuuute!!! I need to make one of these for my pooch. Her dish currently resides in the dining room (ugh) - if I have to look at it, it might as well be on a pretty mat!

My Crafty Home-Life said...

I wasn't sure where you were going with this. Contact paper, I thought....hmm. Love it! I need one, too.

Cathy Wall said...

I think Harry likes his stylish placemat! Very clever....!
Cathy

Giulia said...

What a great DIY.

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

that is a great idea! i may have to try it for my dogs' bowls. though i can't keep their bowls RIGHT next to each other because one of them is a pig and tries to steal the other's food... it's kind of funny.

Trying . . . in Pittsburgh said...

Cute! Now do you have a solution for the cat food bowl we've got in the powder room so the girls don't eat the boy's $50 food that's in a bowl in the kitchen :)?

Amy@BuffaloRoam said...

Awww, that's fantastic! That handsome boy deserves a nice place to eat! tee hee.. too cute.

Laurie said...

Great DIY - how original. Bet it made Harry's food taste even better - lucky dog.

Ashley said...

Genius! And I'm sure your pup loves eating at such a chic spot!

elizabeth@themustardceiling said...

Too cute! Now your pups can eat in style and no mess, perfect.

Ann said...

Adorable! I just found your blog - I love it. Your house is gorgeous!

Tiffany said...

I love this idea! I would never have thought to do this. Definitely filing this away for the future. By the way, thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. I think you have great taste so a compliment from you means a lot:)

Kelly @ View Along the Way said...

Great idea! My dog needs something JUST like this. And an owner who has a smaller to-do list. :)

Aubrey {All Things Bright and Beautiful} said...

Oh my gosh, I *love* that he is smiling in the last picture! That is just too precious! And brilliant idea lady! Y'all are fancy over there....my dog is lucky to escape the little ones most of the time...poor thing!

Ispirato Design said...

Where on earth did you come up with this idea? So simple, so cute and Harry loves it- now that's a great project.

Holly said...

Your pups are just the cutest and now a stylish mat for their food and water - how nice of you!! Your dogs remind me of my friend's dog (a Cockapoo named Layla). We were roommates before I got married and I miss that little puppy. Layla would love something like this - mmmm....

Tat @ Mum in search said...

Harry looks very happy with it ;)

The Vintique Object said...

Can I add this link to my Stylish Living with Kids and Pets? It's awesome.
Camille

Barbara@HausDesign said...

So clever AND pretty! That looks like one happy dog! :) Well done...

Megan said...

love this idea, not sure my dog would appreciate as much as yours... but I'm sure I will every time I walk by. Great idea!!

Renee said...

What a clever idea, Carrie. You've made an area of home pet care that is less than glamorous, very glamorous and trendy! And Harry is just too perfect as a model!!!

Sarah @ { rad: renovations are dirty } said...

My dog needs me to make one of these! hah I currently have his bowls on a tea towel....

I love your dog's smile, btw! :)

Lisa@CozyCondoLiving said...

Such a cute idea. I wouldn't have thought of using contact paper. I'll have to make one for my kitty. Cute dog!

My Interior Life said...

What a great idea! Seriously might have to steal this one as my dogs' bowls currently just sit on our hardwoods leaving a sloppy mess that leaves me exasperated! And I'm loving your butler's pantry and new family room. That grasscloth, the fabrics and of course, the Lee sofa are gorgeous. Don't you just love Lee?

Babs said...

What a smart place mat! I never thought of using contact paper to water proof the fabric. Great tip!
Babs

classic • casual • home said...

Harry and I both think this is GREAT!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

What a great idea. I may have to copy this for Bailey.

casey at loft and cottage said...

So smart and beautiful too. Nice idea. I need to do this for my kitty. Hate having to wash the actual placemat I use. It'd be so nice to just wipe down instead.

Kathy said...

Harry looks so much like my Spanky I am in love with that breed, I'll take them all!!! Lovin your posts, a girl after my own heart!

emily said...

Genius! I totally need to do this for my dogs!

Debbie - The Homebody said...

Love this idea... My cats have a tacky plastic placement (yes they are messy cats) and I'm going to get a piece of fabric to make them a gorgeous one! Maybe it will inspire them to keep it clean.

Anne said...

what a cute idea :)

Christina {Designing by Numbers} said...

THANK YOU for posting this!!!!

I have a very messy lab who loves to share his water with the floor (how generous, right?); right now I have a hideous doggy placemat under just his water dish - well, let me say it is awful. I've been looking for a larger, and more eye pleasing, store bought solution for a long time to no avail. You have quite literally just solved my problem!!! Custom doggy placemat - here I come!!!

Take care,
Christina
www.designingbynumbers.com

simpleandelegant1 said...

Wow! I love this idea. I love to personalize everything.

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