The Humble Placemat

Ah, the humble ubiquitous placemat. You know, the round ones made of woven spun polyester, or maybe even straw.

I don’t know why, but I just love them.


Maybe it’s because they are inexpensive, come in many delicious colors, and are widely available.

I never just see them as placemats though. I always look beyond their primary use to see what else they could become.

I’ve unraveled them into a yarn of sorts. I’ve tried to make jewelry with them.

I’ve used them as embroidery/appliques by sewing them onto fabric.


I’ve tacked them directly to my walls for a sort of ‘Morroccan’ ambience in my living room.



But my favorite use for these lovelies:

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Hot glue the ‘yarn’ around an empty beer bottle

Attach decorative trim, and Wah-la! A new bud vase.

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5 thoughts on “The Humble Placemat

  1. Libby says:

    Stop the madness! Only you, Yetunde, would find some many wonderful ways to use those type of placemats. Now you’re trying to lure me back into my hoarder ways. You know it’s very difficult to throw things away or turn a deaf ear to those sale/thrifted items that keep calling my name. Pure loveliness. 🙂

    • AfroMartha says:

      Thanks Libs!
      I’m always looking for a way not to throw things out, so I’m probably not the best person to seek advice from for hoarder matters, lol

    • Yetunde Rodriguez says:

      Hi Lois!
      Thank you so much for stopping by…I am happy you like my site. I took 3 years of french so I know what it is, really, I was just trying to be funny by saying ‘wah-la’, but I guess I wasn’t lol…
      Thanks again for visiting!

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