Thanksgiving Chalk Cloth Placemats

We have been enjoying writing down the things we are thankful for on our Write On Frame – and surprisingly they are not all cured meats. ;)

But it got me thinking about my little nieces – they are really too young for something like that. I thought these fun Chalk cloth placemats would be perfect for them. You’ve probably seen Chalk cloth Fabric Placemats around – this is similar but with a Thanksgiving twist!

The placemat says, “I am thankful for” and they can draw out what they’re thankful for, and easily erase it and draw something new.

(No laughing at my stick figure family. I’m no Roo. :)

If you are not familiar with Chalk cloth – it’s a black leather-like fabric designed to be used just like a chalkboard, but you can sew it. Sweet huh?
I ordered mine from, but I believe that is is available at Joann’s now. You can’t wash it – it just wipes clean with a cloth.

Here’s what you need if you’d like to make a placemat or two for your little ones!


  • Chalk cloth – 14 1/2″ x 18″ per placemat
  • Fabric for backing – same size
  • bias tape or similar binding
  • paint pen
  • chalk

Cut your placemat pieces out.

Place your pieces together, wrong sides together. If you pin the pieces together, pin them very close to the edge so the binding will cover the holes.

Sew your binding around the edges of the placemat. I used two rows of straight stitching. One placemat takes most of a package of double fold quilt binding.

Using a paint pen, write out what you’d like to say across the top of the placemat. I wrote, “I am thankful for . . .” across the top and then some of the leaves from the fabric in the bottom right corner. I am going to add each girl’s name in front of the leaves because you know it’s always easier when things are marked with names. ;)

To prepare the chalk cloth for writing on, rub a piece of chalk over the whole placemat.

Wipe all the chalk off with a damp cloth and you’re ready to start coloring!

I also decorated a small jar to keep chalk in. I cut a strip of fabric, hemmed the ends, and sewed it in half.

Sew two stitching lines along the piece – so that the lines divide the rectangle into thirds.

Cut a small piece of ribbon that is long enough to tie around the rim of your chalk holder. Thread the ribbon through the center casing – between the two stitching lines.

Do not watch t.v. while threading the ribbon through the casing and pull it all the way completely through to the other side. Twice.

Tie the ruffle around your chalk holder – I used a little ball canning jar. So cute.

All done!! Time to start getting creative with your kids!!

I think these would be a really fun way to help your little ones focus on Thanksgiving – you could use it at home or it would be perfect to take out to a restaurant too! It would definitely help keep everyone entertained while you’re waiting for your food. You just erase the chalk with a damp paper towel.

It would be fun on Thanksgiving Day too – keeping the kids entertained while they’re waiting not so patiently for Thanksgiving dinner. Hmmmm.

I think I might make one for Mr. F.T.


  • Reply November 21, 2010


    This is a wonderful idea! I saw it on Oopsey Daisy and had to head right over to see it all. I am definitely add it to my list of things to do for next year! I even have that same leaf fabric–can’t wait to use it!!

  • Reply February 8, 2011


    I am totally in love with these! must have!

  • Reply November 9, 2011


    Too cute! Its just what I need to keep my nine grandkos busy.

  • Reply November 17, 2012


    What a cute idea!!Love it.

  • Reply January 18, 2013


    Cute and what a wonderful idea!

    T’onna @ Submarine Sunday

  • Reply October 31, 2013


    I make something similar –
    Thanks for sharing your version!

  • Reply November 7, 2013

    Jill @ Called To Be A Mom

    This is such a neat idea! We use to make place mats every year in grade school. We had a Thanksgiving meal where we would always sit as the whole entire school. This is a great idea! It would be a lot better than the construction paper style that we did back then.

  • Reply November 7, 2013


    Bev I have a question. When I went to several sites to look into purchasing it had low ratings. Most were that it had a very strong odor that would not go away no matter how hard they tried, the reason for the concern is that my preschoolers are between 3-4 years old and I don’t want to get them sick. It is a little pricey and I don’t want to spend money on something that they won’t use. Also a few said that it did not write and the kids got frustrated but as I can see on your site it looks amazing. Is it washable and will it be same after? Can you please help and calm some of my concerns. Thank you and God Bless. Mrs. Valerie

    • November 11, 2013


      Hi Valerie!
      I did not notice a strong odor with my chalk cloth. It smells a little like vinyl, but not bad at all. I gave my nieces the mats and we have had a blast with them, reusing them often. I do use regular chalk with them, not the markers so I’m not sure if that was the problem or not. I have had mine for a while now, so I can’t vouch for the lots they are selling now, but I didn’t have any problem with odor or permanent marks.
      I have seen it in my local Jo-Ann’s – you might try heading in there to see if they carry it and if you notice an odor there? Then you’d be able to check it out in person instead of just ordering it online. Hope that helps!


  • Reply October 6, 2014


    I LOVE this. Thanks for helping me figure out what everyone is getting for Christmas this year! I love that I can do one family gift that is great for kids and adults.

    • October 6, 2014


      That is so great Sara! I’m so glad you like them – thanks!!

  • Reply November 8, 2015


    you just amaze me with all the crafting that is going on at your place! thanks so much for sharing on craft schooling Sunday!

  • Reply November 8, 2015


    I love this idea and will attempt to make these for next Thanksgiving. This one if I can find the time to get the materials. Thanks for sharing on Sunday’s Best Linkup. Looking forward to seeing more from you.

  • Reply November 10, 2015

    Mary-the boondocks blog

    This is so cool. I didn’t know they made this stuff in fabric form. This opens up a world of possibilities. Now we can make clothing and write on ourselves. Your mats are adorable.

  • Reply November 13, 2015

    Julie is Hostess At Heart

    This is so adorable!

  • Reply November 15, 2015

    Kim @ This Ole Mom

    These are the cutest placemats I have ever seen! Thanks for sharing. Pinned. Coming over from home matters Linky party.

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