Quick Christmas Gift Ideas – Metallic Placemats

Over the next few days, I am going to share with you my two favourite quick Christmas gift ideas that you can make in a single night, that are relatively cheap, and will delight all recipients


  • must be able to make in a single day/evening
  • must cost less than $10 for the basics
  • should be useful

Gift 1 – Metallic Place mats

I am loving these place mats.  I found mine at K-mart Australia – for $1 each.  The only mistake that I have made is to only purchase 4 of them.  Now that I can see how well they have worked out, I am going back to grab a dozen or so.

These place mats are so on-trend at the moment.  Mum was here this weekend, and loved the original collection so much, she went and brought a set of 8, and I have embroidered these for her as a gift for a friend.

There are two tricks to working with Vinyl:-

  • The first is to select open weave designs. I am using the Zentangle Christmas design collection.
  • The second trick to working with vinyl is to slow the machine down. I have slowed my machine all the way down to 350 stitches per minute.

To give a modern feel to the designs, I am stitching in a bright teal and hot pink.


  • 1 set of vinyl placemats – I have chosen round metallic vinyl placemats from kmart – which cost me $1.50 each.
  • Zentangle Christmas Embroidery Designs by Julie Hall Designs
  • Thread colours (I have used hot pink and bright teal)
  • Bobbin thread
  • TearClean Stabiliser
  • Double sided tape



  1. Take your TearClean stabiliser, and hoop firmly.
  2. Using four pieces of double sided tape, place one piece on each side of the stabiliser in the hoop – try to place the tape in non stitching areas. Remove the backing to expose the sticky side.
  3. Place the first vinyl place mat on top of the hoop, and press down firmly to stitch the vinyl to the stabiliser.
  4. Load the hoop carefully onto the machine, and stitch out the design.
  5. Once the embroidery is complete, remove the hoop from the machine, and carefully remove all of the excess stabiliser.

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