May 19, 2010

Placemats... the tutorial

So I have been trying to do some organizing on my blog lately. Did you notice my NEW logo? I am absolutely in love! A big thanks to Heidi from HeidiLyn Originals.

I also just added some tabs as well, which I will slowly start adding information to.

You will notice that one of them is for tutorials and I have only really ever posted 1 of them. So in my attempt to get better at sharing with the word here is another tutorial for your creating pleasure.

So here is a great quick project to do for yourself or as a gift... Placemats!For each placemat you will need2 pieces of 14" x 18" (or whatever size placemat you wish to have) for the front and back of your placemat - this can be one whole piece of cloth or a something that has been pieced together.
1- 15" x 19" piece of batting

coordinating thread

1. Sandwich your fabric in the following order backing right side up, top right side down and batting {sorry I forgot to take a picture of this step}
2. Sew about half and inch from the edge all around the placemat leaving about a 6 inch opening for flipping inside out.

3. Clip all 4 corners to eliminate bulkiness once it is flipped inside out.

4. Trim only the batting seam allowance as close to the stitch line as possible. This is also to eliminate bulk.5. Finally you can flip it inside out through the opening you left.

6. Pin the opening closed, tucking in the seam allowances.

7. Put your placemat under your sewing machine and stitch all around the perimeter about 1/8" away from the edge. Be sure to take out the pins as you get to the opening. This step will close up your opening.

This is what one corner should look like.

8. Switch your presser foot to a darning foot to get reading for quilting.

9. Quilt how ever you desire. I have done simple stippling in this picture.

If you do 3 more of these you get a nice set of 4 perfect for everyday use or as a nice gift!


  1. Love the fabrics! Im inspired to make some placemats to match my new patio cushions. THanks!

  2. These are great! I love the quilting. Thanks so much, I'll be linking.

  3. Thanks for the tutorial! I am inspired to try some myself.