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"Summer Social" Guest Project — Make Pinwheel Placemats!!

Hello, everyone! 
My name is Amy, and my blogging home is Positively Splendid, a little creative haven where you’ll find everything from simple craft ideas to sewing projects, and just about everything in between. I would love for you to stop in for a visit!

I am so excited to be taking part in Jen’s Summer Social! Today I’m going to share a quick project with you to punch up your table decor during your next outdoor gathering.

These fun  pinwheel placemats are a terrific project to complete with fabric scraps you might have lying around!

All set to see how these are made? Let’s get started!

For this project, you will need…

Fusible web, such as Wonder Under


Fabric scraps in various prints

Paper and paper trimmer

Disappearing ink marker

Clear ruler


Hot glue gun and glue sticks


Ribbon and/or rick-rack

Bamboo placemats (I found mine in the Dollar Spot at Target)

step 1 / Use your paper trimmer to make square templates of various sizes. I found that squares of 4″, 3″ and 2.5″ work well. Fuse contrasting pieces of your scrap fabric together, wrong sides facing, following the instructions for your fusible web. Use your disappearing ink marker to trace your square templates onto your fused fabric pieces, and cut your squares out. (You will need three squares of descending sizes for each placemat.) Using your ruler, draw lines diagonally through the center of your squares with your disappearing ink marker, as shown.

step 2 / Use your scissors to snip about 2/3 of length of the lines you just drew, as shown.
step 3 / Add a dab of hot glue to the center of each of your trimmed pieces. Fold every alternating corner of your snipped sections up to this center point, as shown, pressing them firmly into the hot glue to secure them.
step 4 / Add a button or other embellishment to the center of each pinwheel to conceal the glued corners. Cut strips of ribbon or rick-rack that are the width of your placemats and adhere these to the left side of your mat with hot glue. Hot glue three pinwheels of descending size, from largest to smallest, along this ribbon, as shown.
All finished!

Aren’t these little guys so festive and fun? 

Thanks, Jen, for having me over today! I hope y’all will stop by Positively Splendid sometime soon. You can also find me hanging out on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!


That is absolutely adorable!!!
I want to make some RIGHT NOW!! 
Amy is one of my favorite blogging friends. We met for the first time at Blissdom and then we were able to hang out again at Creative Estates in April. 
{Here we are, along with another of my favorite people, Lara from Less Cake {More Frosting}.
There are so many reasons that I love reading Positively Splendid. One of the main reasons is Amy’s love of color!!
I love her Boy/Girl Room.
And her pillows are amazing. So so cute!
I could spotlight every single project that Amy has made on Positively Splendid, because I love them all so much and you will too!! 
Be sure to head over and give her a big TT&J hello!!
PS — We finished shooting Day 1 of the Get a Little Creative Show yesterday. Check out the fun set. Chevron!
{thanks Shelley @ House of Smiths for the great pic}


  1. Michelle says:

    Can those placemats be any cuter?! I love pinwheels :) (I'm actually in the middle of making pinwheel centerpieces for a family reunion this weekend!)

    Have a wonderful day!
    ~Michelle :)

  2. Those are adorable! I totally want to make some.


  3. nest of posies says:

    pinwheels are up there with buntings & chevron, in my book! so this project is adorable!!! way to go amy with a great idea!

    thinking about you jen & all the other gals at the studio center. you all will do super!


  4. How cute!! Your blog is just so lovely!
    Newest follower!

  5. Seriously adorable!
    Now, how do you guys shoot this web show?? I know Becky lives across the country from us?

  6. Jen-CraftOManiac says:

    great feature, love all of Amy's fun colorful stuff too. those place-mats sure are darling.


  7. These are adorable! I love your fabric scraps…where did you purchase your fabric from?

  8. Kelly (Seaux Southern) says:

    Cute idea! I will be trying this project with may fabric scraps soon but 1st I am going to check out your blog!

  9. Michele {The Scrap Shoppe} says:

    Very cute! This would be just adorable for a picnic!

  10. Very Cute!

  11. Anthony from CharismaticKid says:

    Yeah really nice looking. I'll forward this to my mom as tough guys don't make pinwheels. 😉

  12. Heather says:

    OH MY GOODNESS these are soo adorable. When I read the title I was like "eh" but after seeing them I am blown away. This is just what I have been looking for – my table is going to be soo purty! Thank you for sharing!