DIY  Needlepoint Tartan Plaid Placemat

DIY Needlepoint Tartan Plaid Placemat

Plastic Canvas Project

Here is a fun project that you can do yourself to make festive placemats for your table. I have chosen to make these in Christmas colors for this tutorial but I have also worked them in other colors to fit a season of the year or the colors in a kitchen. They are fun and pretty easy to do.

tartan plaid placemat

Supply List For 1 Mat

  • Color A 75 yds yarn (I used white in this sample)
  • Color B 50 yds yarn (red in this sample)
  • Color C 50 yds yarn (Christmas green in this sample)
  • Color D 25 yds yarn (Dark Green in this sample)
  • Plastic Canvas (7 count)
  • Blunt tip needlepoint needle
  • Scissors

I usually make 4 to 8 mats in the given color combination. Because you are using plastic canvas, you can use regular yarn like you would crochet or knit with instead of the more expensive needlepoint thread. Just multiply the number of yards you will need for 1 mat times the number you plan to make to determine how many skeins of each color you will need.

A few tips before we begin

Although we are using the needlepoint technique you will not approach your stitches in the typical way for needlepoint. Plastic canvas does not have the warp and weft of the weave that standard needlepoint fabric has. We will be working with just the intersections and we will work the horizontal rows first and then go back and work the vertical rows.

You will want to cut some sections of yarn to work with. I typically cut about 36 inches of the color that I am working with at a time.

tartan plaid step one

We work the horizontal rows starting at the top right going into every other top hole and over the intersection into the opposite bottom hole (like a typical needlepoint stitch). To conserve yarn and to make your back look neater, I suggest that you go across the first row in this method and then when you start the second row go from bottom to top (opposite the direction of the row above). It is also important to stagger those stitches. In other words if there is a stitch in row one, there will not be a stitch in row two. See the above image for clarity.

Pattern For Horizontal Rows (going across the canvas)

Starting in the upper right corner work:
2 rows of Color A
1 row of Color D
5 rows of Color A
5 rows of Color B
2 rows of Color A
2 rows of Color C
3 rows of Color A
2 rows of Color C
2 rows of Color A
5 rows of Color B
5 rows of Color A
1 row of Color D
5 rows of Color A
5 rows of Color B
2 rows of Color A
2 rows of Color C
3 rows of Color A
2 rows of Color C
2 rows of Color A
5 rows of Color B
5 rows of Color A
1 row of Color D
2 rows of Color A

step two tartan plaid

Pattern For Vertical Rows (working up and down the canvas)

Beginning in the first available stitch in the upper right corner:
2 rows of Color A
5 rows of Color B
5 rows of Color A
1 row of Color D
5 rows of Color A
5 rows of Color B
2 rows of Color A
2 rows of Color C
3 rows of Color A
2 rows of Color C
2 rows of Color A
5 rows of Color B
5 rows of Color A
1 row of Color D
5 rows of Color A
5 rows of Color B
2 rows of Color A
2 rows of Color C
3 rows of Color A
2 rows of Color C
2 rows of Color A
5 rows of Color B
5 rows of Color A
1 row of Color D
5 rows of Color A
5 rows of Color B
2 rows of Color A

After completing all of the horizontal and vertical rows you will want to finish your placemat by going around the outer edge with two strands of Color D in a whip stitch fashion.

It is really kind of fun to watch the tartan plaid take shape as you start to work those vertical rows! As I said, you can use any color combination for your placemats. Have fun doing this fun DIY plastic canvas project! They are nice to have for your own home but also make unique gifts, too.

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Beverly Owens

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Comments

  1. What a really pretty needlework project! I love the colors you selected and you certainly made it look easy enough. This really would be a lot of fun to watch the pattern take shape.

  2. Lovely placemats that even I could make!

  3. Beautiful, love the colors – lovely keepsakes. One of my fave things in my Mom’s house is her framed needlepoint work as well as my grandmothers (her mom’s) – I just treasure them. There isn’t something more valuable than things made by the hands of the people we love. I also have a huge needlepoint piece in our home that my mom made, means the world to me.

  4. Hi-I wanted to say thanks for the tartan design. I adapted it for a latch hook project, which is turning out amazing. Latch hook is worked by horizontal rows, so I had to graph it out with colored pencils on graph paper, but it wasn’t that hard, just a bit of thinking. I’m working it now and it’s going great! I want to do a pillow on canvas in navy, gold, and red later on. I’m totally mad for plaid!

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