You may have seen a similar method used for making ornaments (see here and here) and maybe even pot holders. This little mat is larger and just right for placing under a vase or bowl on a table. It will give a festive air to any occasion.
We love the modern red and white fabrics used in the version above by the designers at A Spoonful of Sugar. It’s easy to imagine it in other colors, as well.
The finished mat is 10″ across. It won’t be hard to enlarge the pattern by adding more layers for “chargers” to put under dinner plates.