Last autumn we went from the 1970s to the “2000-teens” when we renovated our kitchen.
And when the project was finished…
I decided that I really wanted some new dishes.
When my husband and I married, we didn’t purchase a matching china pattern (is that weird?), so I never had a set of dishes that I really prized and enjoyed.
After some not-so-subtle hints, my husband purchased four 4-piece sets for me for Christmas, and I added on with some bowls.
But my beautiful dishes have been sitting on a naked table during dinner so far!
So it’s time to sew quilted placemats to enhance the beauty of my new dishes.
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Don’t you just love my Lenox Simply Fine Chirp dishes (Amazon affiliate link)?
I really like aqua, combined with the small red accents. I wanted to bring some of that red onto my table, but didn’t want to compete with the china.
So rather than create a complicated design, I kept it simple!
What you’ll need
This list assumes you’ll sew 4 place mats, each with a finished size of 18″ wide by 14″ high.
* 1 1/2 yards quilting cotton for side strips and backing (Fabric A)
* 7/8 yard quilting cotton fabric for the center rectangle (Fabric B)
* 1 yard Pellon Fusible Fleece (45″ wide) (Amazon affiliate link)
* 3 1/2 yards of 5/8″-wide ribbon (optional). Mine is jacquard ribbon from Renaissance Ribbons, but my sponsor, The Ribbon Retreat, has lovely ribbons as well!
* Regular sewing supplies, including sewing machine and iron
* Walking foot (optional)
How to sew quilted placemats
Cut Fabric A into 4 rectangles, each 14 1/2″ high x 18 1/2″ wide.
Cut Fabric A into 8 strips, each 14 1/2″ high x 3″ wide.
Cut Fabric B into 4 rectangles, each 14 1/2″ high by 13 1/2″ wide.
Cut the fusible fleece into 4 rectangles, each 14 1/4″ high by 18 1/4″ wide.
If using ribbon, cut into 8 strips, each 14 1/2″ long.
Sewing the placemats
First, gather two of your Fabric A strips and your Fabric B rectangle. Stitch one long side of one of the Fabric A strips onto the 14 1/2″ side of one of your Fabric B rectangles, using a 1/4″ seam allowance.
Repeat on the other side of the Fabric B rectangle. Press your seam allowances to the darker color.
Following the directions on the package, fuse/iron the fusible fleece to the back side, making sure to leave 1/4″ all the way around. This will reduce bulk in the seam later.
Set your machine to a slightly longer stitch, and stitch straight horizontal lines onto the placemat front. I used a walking foot, though this isn’t completely necessary. I lined each line of stitching up with the edge of my walking foot, to make sure my quilting lines would remain straight! If you want to use a different width, feel free to mark the lines first with a quilting pencil (it can be washed out later).
If you’re using ribbon, stitch it along the seam where Fabric A and Fabric B meet, on both sides (first photo below).
Place a Fabric A rectangle right sides together with the front of the placemat, and pin all the way around. Sew with a 1/4″ seam allowance almost all the way around the rectangle, but leave an opening large enough to slip your hand through.
Clip all four corners, taking care not to clip through your stitching. Then, turn your placemat right side out.
Press the placemat, but be careful not to use a hot iron on your ribbon, because it could melt! Slip-stitch the opening closed.
Repeat all steps for the remaining three placemats….set your table…and enjoy!
If you enjoyed learning to to sew a quilted placemat, you’ll also enjoy this tutorial on how to make simple napkins (after the discussion of how to use a rotary cutter and mat)!
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