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Polka Dot Placemats

Create your own designer dot fabric customized to your colour scheme. All you need are felt pads, a large cork, canvas drop cloth, and Beauti-Tone paint. It's so easy!

Create your own designer dot fabric customized to your colour scheme. All you need are felt pads, a large cork, canvas drop cloth, and Beauti-Tone paint. It's so easy!

PolkadotsWhat You'll Need



Polkadots DIYHere's How

  • Cut canvas into 20" x 13" rectangles.
  • Using an iron, press a 1/2" hem on all edges.
  • Glue hem in place with Speed Sew glue.
  • Cut a piece of tissue the same size as finished placemats.
  • Plan your dot pattern on the tissue, making registration marks on each circle with a small pencil hole. (photo 1)
  • Lay the tissue over a placemat, and with a pencil, transfer the registration marks onto the canvas.
  • Peel the paper off the felt pad to reveal the adhesive. Stick the felt pad to the cork.
  • Pour a small amount of paint on a paper plate and coat the felt pad with that colour.
  • Position the felt pad on the canvas, using the registration marks as your guide. Press evenly all around the pad to ensure a clean print. Continue with this colour to complete the pattern.
  • Use a new felt pad for the next paint colour. Continue this process until the pattern is complete.
  • Allow the paint to dry thoroughly.
  • Iron the placemats flat using a damp cloth on the backsides.
  • Lay the placemats right side up on a drop sheet. With untinted semi-gloss paint, coat the entire surface of each placemat. It will appear milky white but will dry clear. Allow paint to dry thoroughly.
  • Apply 3 more coats, allowing paint to dry thoroughly between each coat. This process offers a protective acrylic coating that is stain resistant and easy to wipe clean. (photo 6)



Other options:

Dot patterns can be random, eliminating the need for registration marks.

All the dots can be one paint colour.

Use a variety of felt pad sizes for different size dots.

Create a cheerful and chic wall using this same technique.

For custom outdoor linens simply purchase cotton or polyester fabric (non stretch). Cut to size, hem with Speed Sew glue, and apply 4 coats of untinted semi-gloss paint.