Table place mats can be quite expensive, especially if you purchase high quality ones. As expensive as they can run, they are often necessary. They protect the table top from damage. They also add a decorative touch to the table. You can get around paying a fortune by making your own custom place mats. Choose your own fabric and pre-wash it before you start sewing. When you are done, you will have four lovely place mats that look store-bought.
Take two pieces of fabric and lay them face to face. Go along the sides to make sure they are lined up together all the way around.
Use a yard stick to measure in 1/2 inch on all sides. Draw a straight line that is parallel with the edge of the fabric all the way across on each side of the fabric. This will create a rectangle drawing inside the fabric.
Stick sewing pins around the edges of the fabric to hold the pieces together. Stay between the edge of the fabric and the line you drew with the tailor's chalk.
Sew the pieces of fabric together using a straight stitch on your sewing machine. Leave a 2 inch opening at one of the corners. Turn the fabric inside out at that corner, then hand sew a straight stitch to close the corner up. Sew along the very edge of the fabric to stitch it shut.
Iron the table place mat at the edges. This will flatten the place mat and make it look much nicer. Repeat steps with the other pieces of fabric to complete a set.