We like to go out to eat and Baby G has started to eat a lot of finger food which makes it way eas...
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- 2 piece of fabric that are approximately 14" x 21.5" (you can adjust for whatever size mat that you'd like to make). I used Pul with some other material for the back. I wanted my back material to be less expensive and also hopefully be more likely to grip the table better.
- 2 lengths of strap at 77" long each (I believe 36" would be safe for the shorter side of most tables)
- 2 lengths of strap at 29" long each
- 2 Parachute Buckles (For the correct width of your straps)
Cut your fabric and straps. You can adjust your fabric or straps to the size that you want. I wanted mine to be long enough to go around the longer side of our kitchen table so that we can put him on that side at home.
Pin your fabric right sides together.
Sew the 29" straps onto the parachute buckles, as seen in the pictures below:
Sandwich your straps in between the two fabrics. There's going to be a lot of strap extra and you only want to catch one end while you're sewing it all so be conscious of that. I made my straps 1.5" from the edge and I have two on each short side. The end opposite to the side you'll be using should be the end sticking out. To keep my straps from effecting my sewing too much, I pinned them further in, around the middle of the placemat, as well as on the ends where I'd be sewing. It helped keep the weight of the straps from tugging everything amiss.
If you're sewing with Pul, I recommend using a walking foot. I made a huge mess and had to seam rip because Pul is a PITA to sew with the shiny side up. If you don't have a walking foot, some people use tissue paper over the Pul and sew over it, then rip it off after. I think that makes a mess personally.
I sewed around my placement with approx. a 1/4"-1/2" seam allowance (I did mine small because I forgot to add extra for the seam allowance when I cut my fabric). Leave an opening on the long side to turn the fabric. Be careful to sew over the straps a couple of times.
Cut off excess seam allowance and the ends of the straps.
Pul is the same material that is used for cloth diapers. It's not tested for safety with food... I was comfortable using it, but you could use tablecloth material instead. I decided to use Pul because I can throw this through the wash, just like I do with my cloth diapers. I believe I can even throw it through the wash in a hot cycle (although I'm not sure how the fabric on the back or the straps would fare if I did that).