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Goodwill Home Décor Expert - Merri Cvetan

Merri Cvetan

My weekly column for Amazing Goodwill and my design blog, Design Coach, are about all things design, living a stylish life and entertaining (like setting a great table). I share DIY projects, decorating and design tips, as well as ideas and secrets.

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Denim Braids - DIY Placemat

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on May 25, 2016 12:32:53 PM

DIY Denim PlacematYou can call it a placemat or hot pad, just be sure to call it cute. Denim isn’t just for wearing; it also looks great in home interiors. 

One pair of blue jeans had enough fabric to make a 12-inch round placemat.

Cut the legs from the top of the jeans. Trim off the hem and side seams. Then tear one-to-two inch wide strips the length of the leg; the wider the strip, the wider the braid. This mat took 12 strips.

Pin three strips together and loop over a drawer knob. Start braiding.

When you get to the end, hand-stitch another strip to the bottom and continue braiding until you get the length you want.

Wind the braid into a circle, using stick pins to hold it in place. Then sew it together with a needle, thread and whip-stitch. That’s it.

Use it as a hot pad to protect your table from pans straight out of the oven. Or, make it bigger and rectangle shaped for a table runner. The possibilities are endless!

Topics: upcycled denim, denim craft project, Merri Cvetan, Goodwill home decor expert Merri Cvetan, DIY denim project, denim upcycling

  • Denim Braids - DIY Placemat
    You can call it a placemat or hot pad, just be sure to call it cute. Denim isn’t just for wearing; it also looks great in home interiors.
  • Denim Braids - DIY Placemat

    One pair of blue jeans had enough fabric to make a 12-inch round placemat.

  • Denim Braids - DIY Placemat

    Pin three strips together and loop over a drawer knob. Start braiding.

  • Denim Braids - DIY Placemat

    When you get to the end, hand-stitch another strip to the bottom and continue braiding until you get the length you want.

  • Denim Braids - DIY Placemat

    Wind the braid into a circle, using stick pins to hold it in place. Then sew it together with a needle, thread and whip-stitch. That’s it.

  • Denim Braids - DIY Placemat

    Use it as a hot pad to protect your table from pans straight out of the oven. Or, make it bigger and rectangle shaped for a table runner. The possibilities are endless!