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DIY Craft Ideas: Make and Sell your Crafts

Updated on April 25, 2013

Placemats and Napkin Sets

Make placemats and napkins to sell
Make placemats and napkins to sell

DIY Craft Ideas, Sew Placemats and Napkins

You can make money with your DIY crafts and take advantage of your talents. If you enjoy sewing, make some easy place mats and napkins. These sets go together quickly and easily. People love to buy place mat sets for themselves or others as gifts. To enhance the beauty of these sets tie a big ribbon around the mats and napkins. This alone will attract people at a craft show. If you have sewing talent put it to use for many other items such as: toaster covers, trivets, steering wheel covers and comforters. There are many household items you can sew that people will purchase. Choose bright colors as well as seasonal and popular colors.for current decorating trends. Check the stores to see what is on display and analyze the cost of these sets. Do some research online or with city offices to find out the dates of upcoming craft shows. There are craft shows happening in most cities. Also check with different church bazaars, especially close the the December holidays, and find out the cost and what you will need to set up shop for your DIY craft ideas..

Always use beautiful fabrics

Pick beautiful fabrics
Pick beautiful fabrics
Get your sewing machine out
Get your sewing machine out

What You Will Need

  • Durable fabric in attractive colors and designs
  • Matching thread to the fabric
  • A sewing machine
  • A pair of scissors
  • A measuring tape
  • Raffia or ribbon for the final package

Instructions to Make Placemats and Napkinss

  • Wash the fabric in cold water and dry.
  • Iron the fabric with an iron.
  • Measure four pieces 16-inches by 14-inches for the placemats
  • Measure four or six pieces of fabric 12-inches by 14-inches for the napkins.

You can vary the sizes of the napkins and placements accordingly for luncheon or dinner sets. .Fold a 1/4 inch hem over on all four sides of the napkins and place mats. Press the hem to hold in place and make a crisp edge. Stitch the hem with a small zig zag stitch. This will avoid raveling.
There are many variations for making place mat and napkin sets. You can design plain color napkins with a print or stripe place mat and vice versa. Try a lot of different color combinations to suit different tastes, when you set your wares out to sell.

Make sure to have a small tag on each set of place mats with your name, phone number and email address. Punch a hole at the top of the tag and string a ribbon through. Place mats and napkins are a great craft to sell as people always need another set and it is a much appreciated gift. As a creative person I am sure you can come up with lots of craft ideas to sell.

Final Presentation for This DIY Craft Idea

Stack the placemats on top of each other and fold in half.

Fold the napkins lengthewise and widthwise.

Tie the entire package with your raffia or matching ribbon. You will have a lovely package that you can sell at a reasonable price.

Your cost for entire package: $3.00 to $6.00

Time spent: 45 minutes when you do things in production line.


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    • hawaiianodysseus profile image

      Hawaiian Odysseus 

      8 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Hi, Carol!

      What a wonderful craft idea! You made it very simple to understand, and the pictures were fabulous complements to your text.

      I have a question. What is the reason for washing the fabric in cold water before sewing?

      Thanks for sharing this potential craft show project!


    • Sneha Sunny profile image

      Sneha Sunny 

      8 years ago from India

      I really wish I could sew! This is a great and fun idea! I too think that people should do what they really love. There is a lot to sew and definitely a lot of buyers for handmade things. ;)

      Thanks for sharing this hub! Rated and voted up! :)

    • carol7777 profile imageAUTHOR

      carol stanley 

      8 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks so much for checking out the placemats. I will enjoy spending the evening with the angels. Also thanks for pinning and sharing.

    • pstraubie48 profile image

      Patricia Scott 

      8 years ago from North Central Florida

      This is a great idea. Although I think I may borrow it and make these just for gifts rather than craft shows. I have done my share of those but I think I am off the circuit at least for now.

      Pinning and sharing, Carol.

      Have a lovely evening Sending you more Angels this evening :) ps

    • carol7777 profile imageAUTHOR

      carol stanley 

      9 years ago from Arizona

      livingsta: Thank you for your vote and mostly for dropping in.

    • carol7777 profile imageAUTHOR

      carol stanley 

      9 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks for stopping by. Yes these are easy to make and for some reason people love them. So for about 50.00 you can make a dozen sets. Not bad for the holidays. Or try selling them.

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      9 years ago from United Kingdom

      Useful hub :) voted up!

    • suzettenaples profile image

      Suzette Walker 

      9 years ago from Taos, NM

      What a great idea! My sewing machine is just gathering dust up in the empty bedroom. This is so easy to sew by your instructions. Thanks for some great suggestions. They also will make great holiday gifts.

    • carol7777 profile imageAUTHOR

      carol stanley 

      9 years ago from Arizona

      They do go up fast. Everyone --almost everyone loves placemats and napkins... It is the perfect gift for when you don't know what ti give. Thanks for coming by.

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      9 years ago

      A set of napkins and placemats makes a great project for owning, giving, or selling! Your method is easy enough for most anyone--thanks for sharing.

    • carol7777 profile imageAUTHOR

      carol stanley 

      9 years ago from Arizona

      You can make these placemats without sewing. You ca try fabric glue or use fabrics that don't fray on the edges. Also use a pinking shear to trim. Thanks for coming by.

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      Stacy Harris 

      9 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      I am horrible with a sewing machine. The last time I pulled it out I got the bobbin all wound up in the inside! I could use some placemats so maybe I will have to give it a try. :)

    • carol7777 profile imageAUTHOR

      carol stanley 

      9 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks Billybuc. This is an easy project if someone wants to make some extra dollars.

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      Bill Holland 

      9 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Passing this on to Bev; obviously this is way beyond me, but she will enjoy it. Well done!


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