Place place mat face-side-down on surface.mark the sideds 5" from the bottom'long edge
place 1/2 yard of ribbon just above the pocket on the left side edge/ with access laying on the placemat. fold under 1/2" of edge of ribbon
stitch close to the edge of the folds. with chalk, mark a line 6" both edges of place mat. Stitch through all layers form top to bottom "lock" stitches at the beginning and end.
Mark another line 7"both edges sides. do same as last.
mark again 3" from the edges.
turn place mat over. fold one end of the unused ribbon under about 1/2". place folded end of ribbon on the outside at the stitching lines, making sure it matches up with ribbon on the other side. machine stitch a square along the edges. also keep 1st ribbon "free"
cut ends of ribbon at an angle so it doesn't ravel.
Fill, fold, and enjoy!