Skip to Content

How To Make No-Sew Upcycled Fabric Placemats

AD | These project is in collaboration with Gorilla Glue, but all opinions are my own

Repurposing your old clothes to make things for the home is fun. In the past, I have made a felt rug and jean planters. This time I created upcycled fabric placemats for the table.

Old denim jeans are a perfect material for repurposing and upcycling within the home. Denim is so robust and all the lovely shades of indigo that it comes in can look fabulous. The downside is that old jeans can be difficult to sew, especially all the interesting bits like the waistbands, pockets and seams.

Even my superb Bernina sewing machine struggles with a thick denim seam. But don’t worry, with the right glue you can still make fabulous denim accessories for your home.

Colourful Upcycled Fabric Placemats With Denim And Wool Scraps

I used Gorilla Contact Adhesive Clear to make these wool and denim fabric placemats. This is a great glue to use, it isn’t runny so doesn’t go everywhere, it dries clear and is waterproof. Therefore, if you spill something on your placemats and need to wipe them clean with a wet cloth you will be able to do so.

I could have made just denim placemats, but I wanted to add a bit of colour to them. I had some old felted sweater scraps left from other upcycled projects and decided to use these with the denim to add colour.

These fabric placemats cost virtually nothing to make as they are made from repurposed materials. You can add more placemats for your collection everytime you wear out an old pair of jeans. Each mat takes about 30 mins to 1 hour to make.

They will go really well with my DIY denim table runner.

upcycled fabric placemat and glue

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.

What You Need To Make Upcycled Fabric Placemats

  • The seams and hems of old jeans. I cut out the double stitched seams of jeans that normally run up the inside leg. There is often a double stitched seam across the back of the jeans too, just below the waistband.
  • Old felted sweater wool scraps – If you wash wool sweaters on a hot wash in the machine they will felt.
  • Gorilla Contact Adhesive Clear
  • Rotary cutter, mat and pins.
What you need to make denim and felt fabric placemats with Gorilla Glue.

How To Make Upcycled Fabric Placemats

1. The first thing you need to do is to cut the felted sweater scraps into strips the same thickness as the denim seams. The best way to do this is with a metal ruler and a rotary cutter.

Rotary cutter mat felt strips

2. To start off the mat, grab one denim seam and one strip of sweater felt. Apply a small blob of Gorilla Contact Adhesive Clear to the end of the seam and to the end of the felt. Leave for about 1-2 mins depending on how strong you want the bond and then press them together.

Glueing the denim and felt together

3. Next, repeat a few inches further along the seam and glue the denim and felt together. With these placemats you don’t need to glue the fabrics together all the way along. Just a small blob of glue every few inches will work well.

glueing denim and felt

4. Next, start coiling the glued fabric strips together. Use the contact adhesive to hold the coil in place. Again glue every few inches, making sure there is a little bit of glue on both surfaces and leaving it for a few seconds to partially dry before pressing together. As the coil gets bigger I find that it helps to use a few pins to hold it in shape as the glue dries.

Coiling and glueing the fabric
Coiling and gluing the fabric.

5. Carry on coiling to make the fabric placemat until you get to the size you want. Smaller coils could be used as drink mats. Just add in new bits of felt and denim when needed with the glue.

Adding in new piece of felt with upcycled fabric placemats
Coiling upcycled place mats

6. Finally, to finish off add a reinforcing denim cross to the back of each fabric placemat. To do this, spread the Gorilla Contact Adhesive Clear across the center of the placemat on the back. Also, spread the glue on a denim seam cut to the diameter of the mat. After about 1 – 2 minutes push them together. Repeat with another seam going across the other way.

Glueing base of placemat
Adding denim strip
denim back
Upcycled fabric placemats made with denim and wool scraps.

Even though Gorilla Contact Adhesive Clear is waterproof, you may still want to spray the placemats with protective fabric spray. That way if any liquid does spill on the mats it will just run off.

Not only do these fabric placemats look lovely, but as they are so thick they make great heat protectors. You will be able to put hot dishes on these coiled mats and protect your table at the same time.

upcycled fabric placemat and plate
upcycled denim fabric placemat
upcycled fabric placemats with denim and wool
Yield: fabric and denim placemats

DIY Upcycled Denim Placemats

DIY Upcycled Denim Placemats

These gorgeous colourful denim and sweater fabric placemats are made without sewing.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Active Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Estimated Cost $1

Materials

  • Felted sweater scraps
  • Denim seams from old jeans
  • Gorilla Glue Contact Adhesive Clear

Tools

  • Scissors
  • Rotary cutter and mat

Instructions

  1. Cut the seams and hems from old jeans
  2. Using a rotary cutter, cut the sweater felt into strips the same width as the seams
  3. Next, place contact adhesive on the denim seam and the strop of sweater felt.
  4. Then, stick the denim and felt together then coil, using glue intermediately to stick the coil together
  5. Use pins to hold the coils in place until the glue has dried
  6. Finally, remove pins and glue a cross of denim hems to the underside of the placemats.

There are many more ideas for making placemats here. If you are looking for another denim version these woven denim coasters could be upscaled into placemats.

If you liked this upcycle you might want to check out the gorgeous no-sew denim rug I made out of waistbands. If you prefer something softer under feet then check out my felt rug made from recycled sweaters. There are a lot more no-sew denim projects here.

I have some hand-sewn patchwork denim placemats on the blog too.

Cool upcycled denim crafts for the home

For more denim ideas visit the DIYideacentre.

trio of pink glass bud vases
How To Make Beautiful Hand Painted Glass Bud Vases
← Read Last Post
Marimkko Easter Egg Wreath
How To Make A Marimekko Easter Egg Wreath
Read Next Post →

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Decluttering Tips - DIY & Storage Ideas | Gorilla Glue UK 

Wednesday 6th of January 2021

[…] Upcycled Placemats are made from Gorilla Contact Adhesive and are a great way to use up old clothes or […]

Lyn Instefjord

Wednesday 14th of October 2020

I've made smaller versions of these to use for coasters. Never thought to use glue - just hand tacked with thread and needle (well spaced). It's great way to use up hems I'll try the glue next time - less labor intensive.

Claire Armstrong

Wednesday 14th of October 2020

I bet they were lovely coasters.

Movierulezth

Tuesday 19th of March 2019

I swear I’m going to save some money and one day fly over the water to meet you Claire. I love your projects. They’re always so cool and different and happy and bright and quirky and ……….. they just always talk to my soul

Claire Armstrong

Wednesday 20th of March 2019

Aww, thank you so much. I just love bright colourful quirky things and I get a kick out of making them out repurposed materials.

Reader Tip Tuesday with this week's Craft & Recipe Party

Tuesday 19th of March 2019

[…] How awesome are these DIY placemats from Pillar Box Blue?  Another up-cycle and fab way to reuse […]

Silver Pennies Sundays Link Party (305) - Finding Silver Pennies

Sunday 17th of March 2019

[…] How fun are these upcycled fabric placemats by Pillar Box Blues? […]

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.