This is a really easy and fun project and great for beginner sewist. You can use a magnetic snap or velcro for the closure and it's super cute with a monogram.
Here's the link to get the placemat - https://amzn.to/2MxwRu2
Here's the link to get the magnetic snaps - https://amzn.to/2RP9py5
Here's the link to my favorite scissors - https://amzn.to/2CL7dxg