While the design looks complicated it is very easy and doesn't use a lot of fabric. I used a local cotton fabric similar to Shwe Shwe but you can use any fabric you wish - plain, designed, shades, taffeta - let your imagination run wild! Out line the zig-zags with braid, decorative stitches, beads - whatever takes your fancy. For a Christmas theme use reds, golds, green. The placemats will make a WOW gift for somebody on your list. Full, easy to follow instructions including advice on cutting, mitring corners and how to make binding are included.