Entertaining How to Make Woven Place Mats The 3-D tumbling-block effect on these beauties goes off the grid: It calls for three materials instead of two, but that doesn't mean it's more difficult. By Martha Stewart Editors Martha Stewart Editors Facebook Instagram Twitter Website An article attributed to "Martha Stewart Editors" indicates when several writers and editors have contributed to an article over the years. These collaborations allow us to provide you with the most accurate, up-to-date, and comprehensive information available.The Martha Stewart team aims to teach and inspire readers daily with tested-until-perfected recipes, creative DIY projects, and elevated home and entertaining ideas. They are experts in their fields who research, create, and test the best ways to help readers design the life they want. The joy is in the doing. Editorial Guidelines Updated on October 9, 2020 Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: RYAN LIEBE Weave your own place mats, then set the table with your favorite serveware. What You'll Need Materials Cardboard Cotton tape, 1 inch wide, in three colors A piece of foam core, at least 16 by 20 inches Sewing supplies Fabric glue Cotton felt Instructions To make your cardboard "tapestry needle," cut out a 12-inch-by-1-inch strip of cardboard. Snip a 1/2-inch-wide slit parallel to the short side at one end, for the "eye." Cut off the corners at the other end, making it into an arrow shape. Cut and pin down twelve 20-inch-long strips of cotton tape in one color onto a piece of foam core, side-by-side vertically. Weave a second set of cotton-tape strips in a new color through the pinned-down strips, as shown. You will need 22 strips of gradated lengths, from 3 inches at the corners to 20 inches at the middle. Thread the cardboard needle with one strip and, starting on the right-hand side near the middle, guide it over two vertical strips and under one vertical strip, working at an upward diagonal angle. Pin down both ends of the working strip when you reach the opposite edge. Repeat, alternating how you begin each row as shown, and working your way out toward the corners, until you've woven all 22 strips through. Weave a third set of cotton tape strips in a new color through the first two sets of pinned-down strips, as shown. You will need 20 strips of varying lengths, from 3 inches at the corners to 20 inches at the middle. Thread the cardboard needle with one strip and, starting on the left-hand side near the top, guide it under four "triangles" and over two "triangles," working at a downward diagonal angle. Repeat, alternating how you begin each row as shown, and working your way out toward the corners, until you've woven all 20 strips through. Tack down with glue, or sew the finished woven rectangle onto a piece of cotton felt. Trim the ends of the strips so they are even, as shown, and felt is 1/4 inch wider than the finished woven rectangle; our felt backing measured 13 1/2 inches by 19 inches. Glue or sew additional cotton tape around the edges of the rectangle as a border.