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Ultrasuede Place Mats and Coasters

With a yard of ultrasuede and a few minutes' time, you can create an elegant set of place mats and coasters.
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With a yard of ultrasuede and a few minutes' time, you can create an elegant set of place mats and coasters.

Tools and Materials
1 yard of ultrasuede
Rotary cutter
Metal belt punches
Rubber mallet
Adhesive, such as Heat N Bond
Press cloth

Ultrasuede Place Mats and Coasters How-To
1. For the place mats, measure and mark six 12-by-18-inch rectangles. Cut them out using the rotary cutter or scissors. Use the belt punches and the mallet to create a dot pattern on both sides of the place mat (try a few practice punches on a small scrap of the fabric first). If you choose, vary the size of the belt punches to create a more intricate effect.

2. To make the coasters, cut eight 4 1/2-inch squares from the remaining ultrasuede. Fuse two of the layers together using the adhesive and the iron. Cut the adhesive to the same size as the fabric squares, and place it, glue side down, on the wrong side of the fabric. Set your iron on the "silk" setting, and press the ultrasuede for 4 or 5 seconds, until the adhesive turns milky. Repeat with remaining squares. Let cool for 15 seconds, and peel the paper backing from the adhesive.

3. Use the belt punches to punch a pattern into the top layer of fabric and adhesive. Place the top square on another square. Increase your iron setting to "wool," and using a press cloth, press until the layers fuse, about 30 seconds. Use the rotary cutter to trim the edges.

Comments (21)

  • van_ni1780 4 Oct, 2008

    I am not sure but I think the fabric properties of "ultra suede" are different then microsuede, etc. The stuff you get at Joanns ravels after you cut it unlike the true, and expensive, ultra suede. Thus, when you cut out the holes you will not have the same effect.

  • WoolieBagLady 2 Oct, 2008

    Would microsuede or suedecloth be comparable to the Ultrasuede? It is on sale in the Joann ad I received today.

  • RoBarbara 29 Sep, 2008

    Alleycat659- Now that I read your comment I can see the holes. My old eyes are not as good as they once were, so thanks for the comment. I don't know who it was amined at, but it was helpful to me. RoBarbara

  • Mom_of_Boys 29 Sep, 2008

    I have seen ultra suede at JoAnn's. I have even used it at a table cloth for a ladies tea, at my church. It washed up nicely, after having tea spilled, and just blotted off. Sometimes you can find it in the reaments. I also will find cloth, and cut it to a 20 by 20 inch square, and use that as a center cover on my table, or on top of a table cloth. It adds a nice touch.

  • Allycat659 29 Sep, 2008

    Nothing on this website says Martha's "people" read the comments so why is everyone in such a tizzy that their comments aren't being responded to? The picture clearly show the punched holes - what other pictures would be needed? I'm not even a "crafty" person and I understand the instructions completely...

  • genes47 29 Sep, 2008

    Ultra Suede is not inexpensive and I've never seen it at JoAnn's or Hancocks. You can buy it online and at higher end stores. Great fabric! Very washable.

    You need the thickness for absorbing liquids and the punch is what =ever design you want. I personally thought the instructions very clean when I read them. Pretty straightforward. Don't think photos are needed although some learn better that way. But when something is free, why complain?

  • harvard44 29 Sep, 2008

    I agree - instructions sketchy. Better to see step-by-step photos. You go from cutting a 12x18 piece to using a metal belt puncher. Where? How? Why? I'm a teacher so I might be extra-critical when it comes to instructions - but the most important thing here is that the directions be clear. Maybe the creative people need a technical writer to help with that part.

  • lkstieben 29 Sep, 2008

    The coasters need two layers to absorbe any moisture. And not to add too fine a point, but why not use your imagination on the decorative punched holes? maybe a five point set of holes, or your initials? Work those braine's ladies!

  • ntullyathome 28 Sep, 2008

    ultra suede is very washable ask the place you buy the fabric but i am sure by hand washing in cold water with a mild soap will do also spots can be remover with shaving cream

  • ail123 28 Sep, 2008

    Hi Martha, I've been trying many times to cancel the newsletters from your website and it is IMPOSSIBLE... just when you click on the "Newsletters and Announcements"n n n n n n n n tab above (next to "n n n n n n n n Account Info"n n n n n n n n ), the page fades away... as a trick to prevent you to cancel your subcriptions... I've tried so many times. I want to cancel...

  • JeanAnnie 28 Sep, 2008

    Ultra Suede is available at Hancock Fabrics. You can order on line. Not cheap, I'd wait for a coupon.

  • mystar 28 Sep, 2008

    I wish the instructions would have told how these can be washed (if at all).

  • Limoncello 28 Sep, 2008

    I think the Heat n Bond holds the two pieces of ultrasuede together to give it an extra thickness and stiffness to set your glass on. The placemats are only one thickness and the holes are punched at the corners of each in the picture. It is done for decorative purposes. You can make your own design or just not do it at all. Ultrasuede does not frey and makes this a great project. I think everyone just wants to complain.

  • chaddican 28 Sep, 2008

    Have you tried Joann's for the ultra suede? I don't know if they have it but it seems like something they would carry.
    I don't get this one at all. Also, I am like the rest of you, the place setting defeats the purpose, we need to see the item we are being taught. If rated I think this one would get a one star.

  • tado45 28 Sep, 2008

    The Heat and Bond is used to bond two pieces together to form a stiffer piece for the coaster and the punched holes are to add a designe to the place mat if you wish. Better pictures, maybe step by step would make it easier for people to understand what is meant. I love the idea of [filtered word] punches!

  • LoraBeth 28 Sep, 2008

    I don't understand the purpose of ironing on the Heat n Bond. Ditto the punched holes. Anybody have a clue?

  • DRae 28 Sep, 2008

    I agree with all of you. I don't believe anyone reads this. I think if you want to complain you have to go straight to the source. I have not done it yet but will. You probably need to go to home page and start looking for contact us. That would be the best way.

  • pattiet 28 Sep, 2008

    We do need better pictures. These are pretty much useless. I happen to have ultrasuede and would like to try these, but the minimal instructions and absence of useful pictures means I'll probbaly just donate the fabric to someone who can use it.

  • beverson 28 Sep, 2008

    ultrasuede is available at fabric stores. It's a synthetic fabric that you can sew clothing with, but it does feel like a soft suede. I think the comments are more for readers than for the MS staff. Contact the webmaster (see below, "contact us") directly with these requests - the more of us who do, the better response we'll get I bet!

  • wduke2 28 Sep, 2008

    What punched dots? The picture doesn't show the pattern at all. Does anyone from the Martha site ever read these comments? People have said over and over, show us pictures and patterns. We don't need to see a table setting. We need info. We don't get Martha's show if it's one there. This is all I have to go by. Please!!!!!!!!!!!


  • quiltingsisters 28 Sep, 2008

    I have not been able to find ultra suede - where do I find it?