Making these place mats couldn't be any easier. I used a burlap sack purchased from my local feed store. You can usually find these in the spring with the gardening supplies for a dollar or two. Of course burlap fabric works too. I simply cut a bag into 4 equal rectangles and pulled a few threads from each side to fray the edges. You could sew around the edges to prevent further fraying, but since mine aren't going to see much action, I just left them as they were. I made 6 place mats for less than $2 and in only a few minutes. You could jazz these up a bit by stenciling numbers or designs on them, which I may do after the holiday rush.