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How to Make Sheer Tulle Placemats with Crochet Star Flower and Corolla
A Sheer Table Top Experience!
Just as sheer stockings on a woman’s bare legs have an alluringly sexy appeal, so these ‘Sheer Tulle Placemats (Table Mats) with Crochet Star Flower’ bring sensual elegance to my glass top dining table.
I love the ‘see-through’ element of my glass dining table top because it gives my dining area a contemporary, sunny and entertaining feel. However, each time I placed regular place mats on my dining table for meals, I felt like I was blocking out that liberating experience and it was ruining the very things that I loved about that glass dining table top.
So I decided to make myself some ‘Sheer Tulle Placemats or Table Mats’ to experience the best of both worlds. Something of the traditional place mat, to put crockery and cutlery on while dining AND maintain something of the new stylish elegance that would allow me to see through my glass dining table top.
So in this lens (article), I will provide you with detailed instructions and photos of this project, so that you can try it yourself.
Firstly, you’ll learn how to make the ‘Sheer Tulle Table Mats (Placemats)’.
Secondly, you will learn how to crochet a 'Star Flower Motif with Corolla'. You can find this pattern and other great crochet patterns and techniques at ‘Crocheting School’. (The instructions for making the 'Star Flower Motif with Corolla' are from Crocheting School).
Thirdly, you will learn how to embellish the ‘Sheer Tulle Placemats (Tablemats)’ and pull it all together using the crocheted Star Flower motif with Corolla, a simple 1-round stemless leaf and a couple of neat embroidery stitches.
Lastly, I have included some short videos that will show you ALL of the stitches (crochet & embroidery) that you will be using to make your ‘Sheer Tulle Placemats (Table Mats) with Crochet Star Flower & Corolla’.
Photos are compliments Heidi Vincent.
- 1 Piece of White Tulle Fabric (108 Inches x 90 Inches)
- 11 Yards of White Flower Lace Ribbon Trim (1/2 Inch)
- 1 Skein of Embroidery Floss Thread (Orange)
- 1 Ball of Cotton Crochet Thread Classic Size 10 (Myrtle Green)
- 1 Spool of Polyester Sewing Thread (Orange)
- 1 1.5 mm Crochet Hook
- 1 Hand Sewing Needle
- A few Head Pins
1. Assemble all of the material you will need to do the embroidery work around the edges of your placemat (tablemat).
2. Measure out the white tulle fine mesh material, using your measuring tape for general measurement and your ruler for more precise edges.
Although you will be using the ruler to mark the edges straight for cutting, you don’t need to worry if they don’t end up perfectly straight, since they will be covered over by the lace ribbon trim or edging.
3. Cut out your table mats (placemats) from the white tulle fine mesh material using your scissors. You can fold and cut 2 pieces at a time, since the material is very thin.
For this project, I cut out 6 rectangular placemats (table mats) each measuring 18 inches by 15 inches.
4. Pin down your desired lace ribbon trim or edging along all 4 sides of your ‘Sheer Tulle Placemat (Table mat)’, using pins (or needles).
5. Attach your edging to all 4 sides of the ‘Sheer Tulle Placemat (Table mat)’ using Blanket Stitches (see the video below if you’re not sure how to do this stitch) and your desired colour of embroidery floss.
For this project, I used Trebla Embroidery Floss Thread Colour No. 108 (Orange). Also, the holes in this tulle material make it easy for you to get even stitches. I placed my stitches 5 holes apart.
6. Embroider your design to the bottom right hand corner of the ‘Sheer Tulle Placemat (Table mat)’.
For this project, I created a freestyle, arbitrary, embroidery design of my own which uses 2 embroidery stitches – the Chain Stitch and the Satin Stitch (see the video below if you’re not sure how to do these stitches).
-Using orange sewing thread, I did 7 Chain Stitches up; 8 Chain Stitches across; 10 Chain Stitches for the curve.
-Using Aunt Lydia’s Myrtle Green Classic 10 Crochet Thread, I embroidered the Satin Stitch onto my freestyle design.
7. Assemble all of the material you will need to crochet your ‘Star Flower Motif with Corolla’ now.
I used a size 1.5 mm Crochet Hook to crochet, Aunty Lydia’s Classic Size 10 Crochet Thread - Myrtle Green to make the Star Flower, and Trebla Embroidery Floss Thread Colour No. 108 (Orange) to make the Corolla, since I could not get the shade of orange I wanted in Crochet Thread.
8. Make the ‘One Round Stemless Leaf’.
Visit Fiber Flux Blog directly for the easy pattern instructions.
Once completed, set aside to attach later on.
9. To make the first 2 rounds of the ‘Star Flower Motif’:Ch 4, working first ch loosely.
Round 1: In this first ch (4th chain from hook), work 15 dc; join with sl st to top of initial ch (which counts as first of 16 dc).
Round 2: Ch 4, skip 1st dc, repeat (sc in next dc, ch 3, skip 1 dc) 7 times, ending with sl st in first ch of ch-4.
10. To make the next 2 rounds of the ‘Star Flower Motif’:
Round 3: Ch 7, * reaching behind Round 2, yarn over, and insert hook from back to front around next sc with tip emerging again behind work; draw through loop and work dc.
Round 4: Ch 4, *; repeat from * to * 6 more times, join with sl st in third ch of ch-7. The ch-3 arches of Round 2 are left unworked and there are 8 ch-4 arches on Round 3.
11. To complete the ‘Star Flower Motif’:
Round 5: * To work point, ch 9, sl st in 3rd ch from hook, sc in next ch, hdc in next ch, dc in next ch, tr in next 3 ch (point made), sl st in next dc of Round 3 *.
Round 6: Repeat from * to * 7 more times; join with sl st to first ch of ch-9. Fasten off.
12. To make the Corolla on top of the ‘Star Flower Motif’:
Make a slipknot on hook, insert hook under an unworked ch-3 arch of Round 2, and attach yarn with a chain. * Working over ch-3 arch, work sc, ch 1, 3dc, ch 1, sc *.Repeat from * to * 7 more times. Join with sl st to beginning ch. Fasten off.
(When completed, the ‘Star Flower Motif with Corolla' measures 2 1/2 inches or 6 cm in diameter.)
13. To attach the ‘Star Flower Motif with Corolla’ that you just made, place it in the exact position you want it on the top right side of the ‘Sheer Tulle Placemat (Table Mat)’.
Then turn the placemat over and attach it to the placemat using Back Stitches. Attach the underside of the Corolla first.
Then attach each point of the Star Flower using a French Knot or simple knot.
14. To attach the ‘One Round Stem-less Leaf’ which you made and set aside earlier, use Back Stitches as well.
15. Now you can enjoy your very own ‘Sheer Tulle Placemats (Table Mats) with Crochet Star Flower Motif’ with you family and show off with them when dining guests come calling!
16. See the 11 SHORT Video Tutorials below:
They comprise ALL of the Embroidery & Crochet Stitches and techniques that you will need to successfully complete this project.
Will YOU Be Trying This D-I-Y Project?
17. Basic Crochet Slipknot
18. How to Slip Stitch: Beginner Crochet
19. Single Crochet Stitch
20. Half Double Crochet Stitch
21. Double Crochet Stitch
22. Triple Crochet Stitch (or Treble Crochet Stitch)
23. 'How to Fasten off in Crochet' by Crochet Hooks You
24. How to do the Blanket Stitch (Updated Tutorial)
25. Hand Embroidery: Chain stitch
26. Hand Embroidery: Satin Stitch
27. Hand Embroidery: Back Stitch