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How to Make Sheer Tulle Placemats with Crochet Star Flower and Corolla

Updated on September 13, 2014
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Ms. Vincent is an M.B.A graduate, Business Consultant and health, wellness & natural healing enthusiast, who reads a lot on those subjects.

Sheer Tulle Placemat on Table - Heidi Vincent - Catholic Contributor - FreshStart7
Sheer Tulle Placemat on Table - Heidi Vincent - Catholic Contributor - FreshStart7

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.

Materials:

  • 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)

Tools:

  • 1 1.5 mm Crochet Hook
  • 1 Hand Sewing Needle
  • A few Head Pins

Embroidery material for 'Sheer Tulle Placemat with Star Flower and Corolla'.
Embroidery material for 'Sheer Tulle Placemat with Star Flower and Corolla'. | Source

Instructions:

1. Assemble all of the material you will need to do the embroidery work around the edges of your placemat (tablemat).

White Tulle - Measuring Tape
White Tulle - Measuring Tape | Source

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.

White Tulle - Scissors
White Tulle - Scissors | Source

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.

White Tulle - Lace Edging
White Tulle - Lace Edging | Source

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).

White Tulle - Lace Edging - Blanket Stitch
White Tulle - Lace Edging - Blanket Stitch | Source

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.

Embroidery pattern on White Tulle material
Embroidery pattern on White Tulle material | Source

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.

Crochet Thread - Embroidery Thread - 1.5 mm Crochet Hook - Scissors - Measuring Tape
Crochet Thread - Embroidery Thread - 1.5 mm Crochet Hook - Scissors - Measuring Tape | Source

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.

One Round Stemless Leaf
One Round Stemless Leaf | Source

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.

Rounds 1 & 2 - Star Flower Motif with Corolla Crochet Pattern
Rounds 1 & 2 - Star Flower Motif with Corolla Crochet Pattern | Source

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.

Rounds 3 & 4 - Star Flower Motif with Corolla Crochet Pattern
Rounds 3 & 4 - Star Flower Motif with Corolla Crochet Pattern | Source

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.

Rounds 5 & 6 - Star Flower Motif with Corolla Crochet Pattern
Rounds 5 & 6 - Star Flower Motif with Corolla Crochet Pattern | Source

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.

Star Flower Motif with Corolla Crochet Pattern
Star Flower Motif with Corolla Crochet Pattern | Source

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.)

Attaching Star Flower Motif with Corolla to Sheer Tulle Placemat
Attaching Star Flower Motif with Corolla to Sheer Tulle Placemat | Source

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.

Attaching One Round Stemless Leaf to Star Flower Motif with Corolla
Attaching One Round Stemless Leaf to Star Flower Motif with Corolla | Source

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.

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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

What's YOUR latest crochet project?  Or tell us when YOU intend to start or start back crocheting.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @DeborahDian: Thank you so very much for the visit and especially the 'boost'! I am thrilled! Have a very blessed week.

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      Deborah Carr 3 years ago from Orange County, California

      I loved this so much, I even gave this lens a "boost." Absolutely gorgeous!!

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @Rhonda Lytle: From a top class crafter like yourself, poetvix, this is a really great compliment! :) Thanks for visiting. Have a fabulous Sunday and a blessed week.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @notsuperstitious1: Glad you like it, notsuperstitious13, and more importantly, that as someone who does not crochet you find it do-able. Thanks for visiting. Have a fabulous Sunday and a blessed week.

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      Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      This is gorgeous and what an awesome tutorial! Outstanding crafty goodness.

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      Edith Rose 3 years ago from Canada

      Very nice. Although I do not crochet, I can see myself making these placemats with just the lace trim.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @PromptWriter: Thanks you BigGirlBlue! Continue to enjoy your Saturday and have a blessed week ahead.

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      Moe Wood 3 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      Very pretty.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @Craftymarie: I guess my aggravation with covering up my glass top dining table was so gnawing that my creative juices went into overdrive :) Thanks for visiting kinworm. Have a blessed weekend.

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      Marie 3 years ago

      Very pretty placemats, what a good idea to personalize them with crochet and hand stitching too :)

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @GrammieOlivia: Glad you liked it, grammieo! Thanks for visiting and have a blessed weekend.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @ecogranny: I am so sorry you moved back to the solid wood table top. Thanks also for visiting and sharing current crochet project with us. Sorry about your aging eyes. I see from your dishcloth project that you are still doing craft though. Have a blessed weekend.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @esmonaco: Thanks esmonaco! Glad you liked it even though you don't crochet. Have a blessed weekend.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @tazzytamar: Thanks anna-hofman-98! Glad you intend to try them. I agree that homemade gifts are lovely. They give a nice personal touch. Have a blessed weekend.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @Merrci: Thanks Merrci! Yes! I am sure you can learn. Have a blessed weekend.

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      GrammieOlivia 3 years ago

      Nice idea, really makes the table setting pop!

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      These placemats are absolutely beautiful. I only recently replaced my glass-top dining table with a solid wood-topped table, and I know what you mean when you talk about not wanting to block the light and view with opaque place mats.In answer to your question, my current crochet projects are dish cloths, which I can manage with my aging eyesight. I miss being able to do fine needlework like this.

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 3 years ago from Lakewood New York

      Well I don't crochet but you are very talented and creative, a wonderful DIY Thanks :)

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      Anna 3 years ago from chichester

      Oh these are beautiful! I WOUKD love to make some for the in-laws anniversary :) homemade gifts are always lovely

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      This is so pretty FreshStart7, and you've given excellent details for every step. Handstitched besides. Even though I don't crochet with the videos I may just learn now! Thanks for showing me how.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @ColettaTeske: Thanks, BearTale! I am glad this project stirred up your creative juices :) I'll be looking out for your latest sewing project. Thanks for visiting and have a blessed week.

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      ColettaTeske 3 years ago

      My mom and grandma always did crochet. They both liked the thin threads. I got hooked on sewing! Great tutorial and you gave me some great ideas. Thank you!