I love the idea of pockets on placemats. They’re perfect for holding flatware and napkins. They work great for picnics on the patio as well as for lunches with the kiddos at the kitchen table. I’ve put together a dozen of my favorite pocket placemat patterns. Whether they’re sewn, appliquéd, embroidered, quilted, knitted, or crocheted, they’re all fun and functional.

Centsational Girl used laminated cotton to make her picnic placemats. It wipes down easily with a a wet cloth. As an added bonus, the tutorial shows how to add ribbon ties so that the placemats can be rolled up and put away in your picnic basket.

How do you like these square placemats from Peas In A Pod? They were made following Lucy’s Lunchmat pattern. I love the patchwork corner pocket.

Heidi from Fabric Mutt provides instructions for these nifty Patio Placemats. They not only hold your plasticware and a napkin, but a paper plate, too! They’re perfect for a breezy day.

Sew4Home provides a great tutorial to make these Picnic Placemats with Flatware Pockets using outdoor fabric. As an added bonus, they are reversible.

At Today’s Nest, old jeans are transformed into Upcycled Denim Placemats. Aren’t they adorable? They’d look great on a picnic table or at a country-themed party.

Here’s another upcycling idea, this time using a necktie. CraftStylish provides detailed instructions on cutting apart an old necktie and using it for a pocket on a placemat. Another section of the tie is made into a napkin ring! Wouldn’t they look great on a Father’s Day table?

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Do you have an embroidery machine? If so, you can make this Pretty Pocket Placemat with the instructions found at Embroidery Library Projects.

These pocketed placemats from Lil Fish Studios look like they’re made from linen, but they’re actually canvas. Lisa had her kids put botanical prints on the pockets. There’s a link to that step too.

At My Fabric Relish you can find instructions for making this adorable Christmas Reversible Patchwork Pocket Placemat. I love the appliquéd Christmas trees on the front and the patchwork on the reverse side.

Do you crochet? Then get this free crochet pattern for a pocket placemat over at the Crochet Zone. The pattern calls for worsted weight cotton yarn that would launder up nicely.

For you knitters, Ravelry offers a free pocket placemat pattern too. I love the design that the variegated yarn makes.

This mug rug from Sew We Stitch is a small rendition of a pocket placemat. A spoon and a tea bag could go in the pocket. I love the scrappy look of this mug rug.

If you want to save time, you could adapt most of these pocket placemat patterns by starting with placemats from Bright Settings instead. Just add pockets. Pocket placemats would make great bridal shower gifts or hostess gifts. It would be fun to choose fabrics to match the recipient’s decor. I think I’ll make a set myself this week. (It’ll be a great fabric stash buster, too;-)