It’s holiday time and I just love whipping up goodies for my little one. He is almost two and is such a mess when eating, so I decided to make a travel vinyl placemat to help manage the destruction when eating out.

Holiday Travel Placemats

Christmas Travel Placemats with Vinyl and Fusible Fleece

Thermoweb HeatnBond Fusible Fleece
Thermoweb Iron-On Vinyl
Aurifil Thread
1/2 yard of fabric
Oliso Smart Touch Iron
Sewing Supplies: Machine, Pins, Clips, Scissors, Rotary Cutter, Rulers

Christmas Travel Placemat Instructions:

*all seam allowances are 1/4” unless noted

Cut out main piece 13”x18”- two in fabric, one in vinyl, and one in fusible fleece.
Cut out back pocket piece 4”x8”- two in fabric and one in fusible fleece.


Fuse the back of one piece of pocket fabric and once piece of main fabric with fleece. Iron on the vinyl to the front of the second piece of main fabric.

Pin the two pocket pieces right sides together (one will have fusible fleece on the back) and sew around all the edges, leaving a 3” gap on the long side. Cut the corners off to create more crisp turned out edges. Turn out the pocket piece and iron.

Pin the pocket on the top of the main fleece/fabric piece at least an inch from the short side. (see photo for guidance) Sew the pocket down on three sides, leaving one of the short sides open for your silverware.


Cut two 12” ribbon pieces and pin to the middle edge short side of your fused fabric. Baste the ribbon down.

Place the two main pieces right sides together and use your clips to hold it together. You do not want to use pins when working with vinyl. Sew around the entire placement leaving a 3-4” hole. Cut the corners close to your stitch line. Turn your placemat inside out. Lay your placemat vinyl side down and place you vinyl ironing sheet over it. Iron gently around the entire placemat.

Topstitch around your placemat. Roll your mat up and tie it closed. Add a cute plate and silverware and head out the door!

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Can’t wait to see what you all create! Happy Sewing!

Kristen Wright of Two Blondes and a Sewing Machine