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Pretty Patchwork Denim Placemats DIY For Your Table

Inside: A straightforward denim placemat DIY from your old jeans.

Making these patchwork denim placemats was what I call a slow craft. This was because they were handstitched. You could make them quicker on the machine if you wanted to.

I find it hard to sit still and watch the telly in the evenings unless I have something to do with my hands. Simple hand-sewing tasks like making denim patchwork are a perfect telly-watching craft. That’s because the craft is very simple; it doesn’t require much concentration.

Even if you aren’t a seamstress, you should give this denim upcycle ago. The sewing is very basic and can all be done by hand.

However, if you don’t like sewing, I have plenty of no-sew upcycled denim projects on the blog too. I even have a tutorial for some no-sew denim and felt fabric placemats. I even have a denim fruit bowl tutorial that would look fabulous on the table with these mats.

jeans scraps for patchwork denim placemats

Hexagon Patchwork Denim

Not only are these mats made from repurposed patchwork denim, but they have “hex appeal”, in that they are hexagon-shaped. I love a hexagon craft.

It’s not just me that loves a hexagon; they are also very common in nature. Hexagons are a very efficient shape. Just think of a beehive’s interlocking cells and a snowflake’s crystals. The Giant’s Causeway on Northern Island is a geographical feature composed of 40,000 hexagonal columns of basalt. 

I already have some hexagons in my dining room, my denim patchwork chairs, and denim mug rugs, which were also hand-sewn. These hexagon patchwork denim mats will complement them.

Make a gorgeous denim patchwork chair using old jeans and English Paper Piecing hexagons full tutorial.

Six equilateral triangles placed side by side make a hexagon shape. It’s the triangle that makes the patchwork.

My star wars loving family think that the denim mats look like the wings of Tie Fighters.

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What You Need For Denim Placemats

quilters triangle ruler

How To Do Patchwork Denim

Step 1: Cut out six denim triangles using the triangle ruler or a template. For the best result, cut out the denim shapes from pairs of jeans in different shades of indigo.

cutting out denim patchwork triangles
cut out triangles denim
jeans patchwork triangles

Step 2: Next, cut out six paper triangles. These triangles will be the size of the patchwork triangles without the margin for sewing. So they will be smaller than the denim triangles.

Stick the paper triangle to the wrong side of the cut denim shapes using double-sided sticky tape.

paper triangles
sticking paper triangle to denim

Step 3: Iron down the denim seams for each side of the fabric triangles. Use a hot iron.

Ironed triangle patchwork

Step 4: Pin two denim triangles together along the edge with the flat point. Then hand stitch these two pieces together along the hem crease. Do not stitch through the paper.

Hand stitching the triangles
Two triangles stitched together

Step 5: Repeat the last stage by stitching another patchwork denim triangle to the shape. Carry on until all six triangles are stitched together to form a hexagon. Then, remove the paper triangles from the back.

Stitching shapes together.
Making a patchwork denim placemat in a hexagon shape

Backing the Denim Placemats

Step 6: To add a pop of colour to my denim placemats, I used a colourful fabric to back them and added a decorative hexagon in the centre.

The centre hexagon is also great for hiding the centre where the six points meet. This can be difficult to get neat.

Step 7: First, use the ruler to make a hexagon pattern for the back of the placemat. This hexagon will be larger than the patchwork denim one; simultaneously, cut out a small hexagon shape with 3.5cm sides.

Making hexagon paper template

Step 8: Use these templates to cut out two fabric hexagons, one little one and a big one. I used a stiff upholstery fabric that I had in my stash. It was the same fabric I had used to back my woven denim pillows.

Top tip: If you use a thinner fabric, you might want to add a layer of wadding to the placemats.

backing fabric for placemats

Step 9: Stick the small paper triangle onto the wrong side of the small fabric hexagon and iron down the seams. Then, tack around the fabric edges (as I did with my hexagon pillows). Then, remove the paper.

paper hexagon
stitched denim hexagon

Step 10: Next, hand stitch the small fabric hexagon to the centre of the patchwork denim. I use tiny little stitches right on the edge of the hexagons.

The centre hexagon adds a bit of colour to the denim placemat and hides any mistakes you may have made in matching the points of the triangle patches.

Stitching the center hexagon

Step 11: To add the fabric backing, place the denim patchwork on top of the wrong side of the patterned fabric. Make sure it is in the centre. There should be a couple of centimetres of fabric showing around the placemat.

Fold this visible edge in half towards the denim and iron it down. Next, fold the edge again, iron it down and pin it to the denim patchwork. You will have a nice fabric-trimmed edge to the patchwork denim.

Pining the fabric around the placemat

Step 12: Using small stitches, hand sew this fabric edge to the denim hexagon and remove the pins.

patchwork denim hexagon placemats
patchwork denim hexagon placemats
hexagon jean placemat and plate

More Hexagons and Denim Crafts

I love how these patchwork denim placemats have turned out, and I’ve enjoyed making them. As I’ve already mentioned, they gave me something to do with my hands while watching TV.

I’ve made two so far, but I plan to have six by the end of the week. They go great with my denim patchwork chairs and denim table runner. Check out these other kitchen denim upcycles including my applique denim pot holders.

I like the hexagon design. I’m tempted to scale these mats to make a denim blue jean rug. All I would need to do is to make the patchwork triangle much larger.

Check out my patchwork repurposed sweater blanket and denim pinboard if you want more upcycled hexagon crafts. For more crafts using old jeans, check out the comprehensive A to Z of denim crafts.

Check out my quilted denim star decorations for more denim patchwork shapes other than hexagons. They would also make a great design for table mats. You can find many more DIY placemat ideas here.

Hexagon placemats with denim patchwork
Yield: Hexagonal patchwork denim placemats

How To Make Patchwork Denim Placemats

DIY patchwork denim placemats

Use your leftover denim scraps from old jeans to make lovely patchwork placemats. These placemats are a unique hexagonal shape made from triangles of denim in different shades of indigo. This creates a cool pattern.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Active Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $5


  • Scraps of denim from old jeans in various shades of indigo.
  • Colorful upholstery fabric scraps
  • Denim thread
  • Double sided sticky tape and paper


  • Rotary cutter and mat
  • Quilters equilateral triangle ruler 16.5cm
  • Needle


  1. Use the quilters ruler and rotary cutter to cut out six denim equaliteral triangles. Make sure you use denim in various shades of indigo.
  2. Cut out smaller paper triangles, so that you have a 5mm seam with the denim.
  3. Stick the paper triangle to the wrong side of the denim triangle. Iron the seams towards the paper.
  4. Next, hand sew the denim triangles to each other. Sew along the ironed crease, joining each triangle one at a time until you have made a hexagon shape. Remove the paper from the back of the patchwork denim hexagon. Making a patchwork denim placemat in a hexagon shape
  5. Cut two hexagons from the colorful backing fabric. One small one for the center of the denim placemat. The larger hexagon is bigger than the denim placemat. Use the quilter's ruler to make the template for the large hexagon.
  6. Iron the seams flat on the small hexagon and hand sew it to the center of the denim patchwork.
  7. Place the denim hexagon on top of the wrong side of the backing fabric hexagon.
  8. Fold the outside edge of the colorful fabric over twice, then iron it flat and pin it to the front of the patchwork denim. Pining the fabric around the placemat
  9. Finally, hand sew this fabric edging all around the hexagon placemat.

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Donna @ Modern on Monticello

Thursday 4th of March 2021

I had to smile at the mention of Star Wars. I get that reference from your family. This is a sewing project I can do because I don't have a working sewing machine. Thanks for sharing your posts every week. I look forward to seeing what you will share. #HomeMattersParty

Claire Armstrong

Thursday 4th of March 2021

Thank you so much, yes these can be made easily by hand. If you have ever had any lego Stars Wars sets you'd recognize the Tie Fighter Wings.


Tuesday 2nd of March 2021

Claire, these placemats are so unique! I love upcycled denim projects. Thanks for sharing at Celebrate Your Story! Link Party. You've been featured this week :)

Claire Armstrong

Wednesday 3rd of March 2021

Thank you so much. Me too! I love denim upcycles.


Tuesday 2nd of March 2021

Thanks for sharing your creative placemats at Vintage Charm!

Claire Armstrong

Tuesday 2nd of March 2021

Thank you so much.

Naush Samama

Tuesday 2nd of March 2021

What a cute design ! Thank you for sharing with us at Meraki Link Party. Much Love Naush

Claire Armstrong

Tuesday 2nd of March 2021

Thank you, I just love working with denim.


Saturday 27th of February 2021

Love it, as always, Claire! thanks for sharing on craft schooling Sunday!

Claire Armstrong

Saturday 27th of February 2021

Thank you so much, Sara.

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