This elegant fall leaf placemat craft is more for adults, but kids can also make this silk placemat. I love using leaf shaped placemats to decorate the dining room table for fall. You can add some simple splashes of color for so little money.
These silk fall leaf placemats are washable. I would wash them by hand or on the delicate cycle and then lay them flat to dry. Once the Fall leaf placemats are dry you can iron them on the silk setting to restore them to their former glory!
To Make These Fall Leaf Placemats you Will Need:
Resist or gutta
The first step is to stretch out your silk fabric. You can use a wood canvas frame, a traditional silk stretcher, or even a cardboard box. If you do not make a ton of silk painting crafts, just use the box. You can stretch your fabric over the top of an open box and tape the edges down on the sides.
Now, use the resist to draw out your Fall leaf shape. You can even use a leaf from the yard for inspiration.
Take the leaf shape yoru desire and draw it out on a sheet of paper. The leaf will need to be about 18 inches long and 14 inches wide. It is so easy to just cut out a rectangle of paper to this size, and then draw your leaf to fit inside this. Draw to the edges!
Now, cut this fall leaf shape out. Lay the paper leaf on the stretched silk. Use the resist to outline the leaf on the silk. You can use clear resist or resist colored green or any color you want.
I like to use clear silk resist.
Now, remove the paper leaf pattern. Use the resist again to trace the veins of the leaf on the silk.
Now, let the clear or colored silk resist dry. Once the resists has dried on the silk you can use silk paint to paint your leaf placemat out in a fall color.
If you are making a set of these fall leaf placemats, then try making each in it’s own color. You can even blend silk paint colors on the leaves.
Once the silk paint has dried you can go back and splatter dots of color on top too.
Now, once everything has dried on the fall leaf placemat you can remove it from the stretcher. Irons the fabric as your silk paint and resist instructors say to seal the paint colors.
Now, soak the silk placemat to remove the clear resist. If you used color resist or gutta you can skip this step.
Now, let the silk leaf placemat air dry.
Cut the leaf out, working about ½ inch from the edge of the resist or gutta.
Pull the edge fabric ot fray it.
Now, lay the silk leaf placemat on a piece of fusible craft heavy weigh interfacing.
Cut out the interfacing to be slightly smaller than the leaf and then iron the two together.
Now, use the sewing machine with a color full thread to sew around the edges. Treat the fall leaf placemat like a quilt in a way. Use a fun stitch if you want!
After you sew the outer edge of the fall leaf placemat, then sew some of the veins inside. Trim any threads and you are finished!