Martha Stewart Living, July 2001
Trace the outline of another place mat onto oilcloth. Cut two pieces for each mat; spray reverse sides lightly with spray mount, and press together with your hands.
Next cut out final shape and machinestitch edges, leaving a seam allowance. Trim edges with scallop fabric shears, or finish a straight edge with bias tape.
Scallop fabric shears
Painted oilcloth was once a household staple. Today's versions are versatile and simple to work with -- their cut edges won't fray -- and their colorful designs make cheerful backgrounds for casual summer meals. Strawberry-festooned place mats brighten a breakfast table. These mats are double-sided; choose one pattern, or mix and match.