That over-achieving sister/cousin/aunt that you know just walks around your house looking for something to criticize you for. That lady's got issues.
This year, we're not going to let her get to us. We're going to make our own lovely fall placemats for her to eat crow off of.
You'll need two fabrics, one for the top of your placemat and one for the bottom.
You'll also need some mid-weight interfacing, about 2 yards for four placemats. This stuff is about $2 a yard, so you're still pretty thrifty here. Cut your fabric to the size you want your placemat, plus seam allowance. I cut my fabric to 17" x 22", but you do what you feel is a good size. I totally trust you on this one.
Stack your fabrics like so: top fabric and bottom fabric, right sides facing, and the interfacing on the bottom.
Pin it up.
And sew up the outsides, leaving a hole for turning the whole works inside out.
I trimmed up my edges before flipping inside out, but that's optional. If you do, leave the fabric near the hole un-trimmed for the final sewing.
Turn it inside out and iron it. It's starting to look like a placemat, which is lucky since that's the look we're going for.
For the final step, sew around the edges again, with whatever seam allowance you like. I used 3/8" 'cause I'm a rebel like that.
And it was done. Kaboom.
That know-it-all relative hasn't ever made her own placemats, has she? That means you're better.
That turkey is gonna taste so good this year.