Activities: Make Your Own Victorian Table Mats
Victorians were very particular about their settings for dinner tables, especially at Christmas time. Some of the descriptions include water fountains, lakes and elaborate stands filled with flowers and fruit. Since a lake might be a bit ambitious, why not make some Victorian-style table mats to brighten up your dinner setting?
This activity uses sharp tools. Children should be supervised.
Cut the fabric to size – we would recommend felt or a heavy wool fabric for this. It won't fray and will provide heat protection for your table.
Lay out the design. You can use Ruth's design by downloading the template here, or create your own.
Take another piece of fabric, of the same size and use the first one as your guide.
Take one button at a time and sew onto the fabric, matching your laid out design.
Make a set of table mats using the same or similar styles.
Send your friends and family some original Christmas cards.
Wrap your gifts in something special.
Turn simple paper into an impressive table decoration.
See all 25 activities to make your own Victorian Christmas.
National Archives: Victorian Britain
History in Focus: The Victorian Era
Victoria and Albert Museum
The Victorian Web
British Library: Online Exhibition: Victorian Britain
Pollock's Toy Museum
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