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Laminated Place Mats: A How-To | Killer b. Designs



Laminated Place Mats: A How-To

One project that’s taken me a ridiculously long time to get around to have been my high-chair place mats. I finished painting the chair weeks ago, and have had all the supplies. For some reason I just couldn’t get motivated to do this until today! It’s a super simple project, and you can use it for high-chairs (if you’re a mama too) or for traditional laminated place mats. All you need is a little scrap fabric, an iron, and some iron-on laminate. Ready to make your own? Here’s how!

• Scrap Fabric
• Iron
• Iron-On Laminate (found in the fabric/sewing section of Hobby Lobby)
• Paper
• Sharpie/Pen

Step 1: Make a paper template

I used some scrap butcher paper and laid it over my tray. Using a sharpie, I traced the indented area that I wanted to make a mat for. Then I cut it out, and made sure it fit.

Step 2: Apply template to fabric

I traced the paper template onto the wrong side of my fabric with a lighter sharpie, and cut it out.

Step 3: Cut your laminate

This is what the iron-on stuff looks like. It comes in a roll of 2 yards, which was enough to do 3 two-sided place mats. The best part is you can piece it together, because once it’s ironed on you can’t see the joins.

Unroll the laminate, and cut it to size. Then peel the laminate off the backer paper, place it sticky side down to the right side of your fabric (or what you want laminated) place the paper back on top.

Step 4: Iron-on the laminate

With the contact paper down, run your iron over the fabric in small sections for 8 seconds, making sure everything is good and stuck down. Once you’re done, peel off the paper and the laminate will be sticking to your fabric. I wanted to make sure that it wouldn’t peel off and my fabric would be stain-and-water-proof, so I flipped it over and covered the back as well. The lamination stuck really well to itself.

Step 5: Cut off the excess lamination

Cut the excess off your edges and you’re all done!

I love them! They’re super cute

Each cost roughly $1.75. I like them because they’re reusable, easy to wipe down, and will protect the high chair from messes. Plus, they’re pretty! Which is what babies need, of course 😉


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  1. Geek in Heels

    This is so awesome! Def a project I can get behind with an infant in the house (and another on the way)! And it seems simple enough that even a complete klutz like me can do it — so thank you!

  2. Stacia


  3. Amanda

    Genius! I love the fabrics you chose!

  4. Tina

    Love the idea… Where do you store the others that are not being used?? Thanks

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      I store them in a kitchen cabinet with some of the baby supplies we received as gifts that our daughter isn’t old enough to use yet. I wouldn’t recommend rolling them up or folding them, but they would store great under your plates or other items in your kitchen cabinets.

  5. Holly

    I am so glad I stumbled across this! I just bought a vintage wooden high chair today that I am going to redo, and I was wondering how I was going to handle the tray. I wasn’t too comfortable with the food on the wood, even after it’s painted. Now I am gonna have to go find fabric before I pick out what color I will paint the chair! LOL!

  6. Vanessa

    I know this is an old post but I was wondeRing if you know anything about this high chair. I have the exact same one but it’s missing the tray. do you know where I might be able to find one?

    1. Brooke

      I’m sorry Vanessa, I bought it on craigslist I think? That or a thrift shop, it was secondhand. I don’t know the brand or where to get a new tray.

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