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 3, 2010


    Um this is just too adorable. Thanksgiving is going to be way fun at your house. And I was just tickled by your coordinating ruffly chalk holder. Love it all!

  • Too cute, Bev!! I think my son needs one of these, ASAP. He would love to be able to draw on his placemat! Love that its reversible to boot! You know how I feel about those types of projects. ;)

  • Reply November 3, 2010


    What a great idea!!! Thanks so much for sharing this. I will be doing this for the kids table this year!!! I can’t wait ;0)

  • Reply November 3, 2010

    Paulina J!

    How smart!! I can definitely see infinite uses for that chalkboard fabric. I must get some!!!

  • Reply November 3, 2010

    Emily @ Frilly Details

    I had no idea there was such a thing as chalk board cloth. That is amazing!! I love this project. Maybe I should make two for me and the hubs. On his I will write with a permanent marker, “I’m thankful for my amazing wife” so he’ll never forget. ;)

  • Reply November 3, 2010


    Great idea and it would keep the kids busy! :)

  • Reply November 3, 2010


    I think that you will make Roo proud with your stick figures! ;) I love these placements- they are pretty, functional, AND meaningful… What threw me over the edge was your awesomely cute ruffle for the jar. LOVE that!

  • Reply November 3, 2010

    Kim @ Cheap Chic Home

    How DO you do it, Beverly? These are so cute! I didn’t know there was chalk cloth. “Kids” of all ages would have fun with these.

  • Reply November 3, 2010


    Very Kewl!

  • Reply November 3, 2010

    Jen B

    Your placemats are adorable! Great project–and the coordinating chalk jar is a wonderful finishing touch!

  • Reply November 3, 2010


    These are so great! And the ruffle on the chalkholder…super cute!

  • These are so fun! And I love the ruffle!!

  • Reply November 3, 2010


    Love this project! I wanted you to know that I mentioned it on my blog today & to invite you over to visit my blog. I love Thanksgiving, too. I’m celebrating the 30 Days of Thanksgiving & blogging what I’m thankful for everyday (or at least trying to).

    Thanks & I love visiting your blog.

  • Reply November 3, 2010


    adorable! I didn’t know about the chalk cloth.

  • Reply November 3, 2010


    Bev, this is seriously genius!! What a fun addition to the Thanksgiving table!

  • Reply November 3, 2010


    This is so cute Bev, you come up with the greatest ideas!

  • Reply November 3, 2010


    Thanks for visiting my blog! I thought it was funny you said here in CA you don’t have much color in the leaves. I’m in CA, too, although MUCH further north. We’re in the SF Bay area.

  • Reply November 3, 2010

    Karie Jackson

    What a great idea! I love it. . I didn’t know they had chalk fabric. I must copy this one. My grandkids will love it. Thank for stopping by my blog and leaving such a sweet comment. I so appreciate it. And thanks again for sharing your great idea.

  • Reply November 3, 2010

    Beth Eaton

    I think your stick figures look FANTABULOUS! Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply November 3, 2010


    I hadn’t heard of chalkboard cloth before, what a fun idea. My kids would really like this.

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