5 Uses For Placemats

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We have a drawer full of placemats that we don't use too often, usually preferring tablecloths to mats. Rather than give them away or toss them, we've found some new uses for our old placemats.

Look below the jump to see them...

Shown left: Juniper Placemat and Napkin from Unison Home.

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• Sew them end-to-end to make a table runner. These Concept Placemats ($4.95 each) from CB2 would make a great Bauhaus-style runner.

• Placemats are the perfect size for making throw-pillow shams. Sew three sides of 2 mats together and secure the fourth with Velcro.

• Frame up pretty placemats and hang them on the wall, or sew them together and pin them up to make a faux-quilted wall hanging.

• Fold in half, sew edges together and add 2 straps to the open sides to make a handbag. (Check out this link to how-to instructions.)

• Lay a set of napkins flat on top of a placemat, roll the mat up, and tie a ribbon around the roll. Store inside a drawer for a wrinkle-free, space-saving solution.