Vintage Button placemats are the perfect way to dress and set a shabby chic dinner table.
These simple Vintage Button place mats are a very easy craft project you can make out to really include a fun and whimsical table setting in your vintage dining room décor.
You can make these Vintage Button placemats in any color you want.
To make this Vintage Button Place Mat You Will Need:
Metal Tapestry needle
Premade canvas placemats
Go ahead and paint the entire mat out in some primer. Let this dry.
Now, roll on a coat of fabric paint or milk paint over the whole placemat. You can make a border too if you want.
You will be able to see the color of your placemat behind the vintage buttons, so this is important.
You can paint as many colors as you want.
Ok, so now that you have the basic color of your Vintage Button dinner placemat you need to start decorating it with your Vintage Button.
You could tape off a border it and paint it in as well.
Ok, so now, go ahead and thread your metal tapestry needle. Start in the top left corner and sew your first vintage button on.
You can pre plan a design or even cover the entire placemat with buttons.
Sew each vintage button on just like you would on a shirt.
Choose a fun thick twine like thread so it ties into the vintage look.
You can mix and match colors, stick with all one color, or even create lines of colors using your collections of vintage buttons.
For a fun look try mixing in some new buttons as well.
This is the time to really get creative.
You could also run a bead of glue around the edges of the Vintage Buttons once you have them sewn on. Sprinkle on some very fine glitter, and then knock off the excess. This would be a awesome take on a traditional vintage look.
This step is optional:
Now, work your way around the edge with your whole punch. Punch one hole about every inch. Try to keep them space evenly from the edge and form each other.
Now, start on the back left top corner. Tape the end of your ribbon back behind the Vintage Button placemat. Start weaving your pretty ribbon in an out of the border. I like the idea of a white or black ribbon.
You can finish off at the same top left corner. Remove the tape, tie a knot, and then cut off any extra ribbon! You’re finished. You have a beautiful homemade Vintage Button placemat!
Tip: When making these vintage button placemats be sure to use similar sized buttons on each placemat. They can be different widths, but they should all be about the same height so that your place rests evenly on the placemat. Nothing is more annoying then a plate that rocks when you are trying to cut your dinner!