Please read through tutorial fully before starting. If you are a complete beginner and need some tips on basic skills such as cutting and sewing accurately, you'll find a Sewing Basics tutorial here.
Set of 2 Contrasting Placemats.
20 scraps of fabric in your chosen colours (measuring at least 2.5" square).
1 FQ of solid fabric
2 piece of fabric measuring 13 x 15 for backing.
2 pieces of batting measuring 12 x 14
Approx 52" binding fabric per placemat.
From your scraps of fabric, cut 20 x 2.5" squares. Ensure you have sufficient of the required colours, you need 6 for Placemat 1 and 14 for Placemat 2.
From your solid fabric, cut the following (assumes you are using a FQ cut)
Cut 2 x 3.5" strips across the long edge of the fabric. Cross cut each of these into 1 x 4.5" strip and 1 x 12.5" strip.
Cut a 6.5" x 4.5" rectangle.
Cut 2 of each of the following strips: 1.5" x 12.5" and 1.5" x 8.5"
Please note all seams are 1/4". I also used a scant seam for accurate piecing (a scant seam is marginally narrower than a full 1/4" - I usually move my needle over 1 setting to achieve it).
Lay out your 6 x 2.5" squares in 2 rows of 3, ensuring you are happy with the fabric placement.
Piece each row of 3 together and press seams in opposite directions, so they "lock" nicely when you piece the 2 rows together.
Sew the 2 rows together and press the seam (you can press it to either side, or open if you prefer):
Take your 3.5" x 4.5" pieces of solid fabric and piece to either side of your squares block. Press seams to one side.
Then take your 3.5" x 12.5" pieces of solid fabric and piece to the top and bottom of this row.
Yay! You did it, Placemat 1 is pieced!
Lay out your 14 x 2.5" squares in a rectangular shape as per the photo below, ensuring you are happy with the fabric placement.
Take the 2 squares on the left and right sides of the central rectangle and piece together. Then piece to each side of the 6.5" x 4.5" solid central rectangle as per the picture below.
Next, piece the top and bottom strips of square together:
Thenk piece them to the top and bottom of the central rectangle. Make sure to match and pin the seams at each end.
As per the process for Placemat 1, sew the 1.5" x 8.5" strips of solid fabric to either side of the rectangle, press seams, and then sew the 1.5" x 12.5" strips to the top and bottom.
Yay! Second placemat complete.
Now, all that remains is to baste, quilt and bind them. I'm not going to cover these processes in detail here, but you can find tutorials on basting and quilting here and one on binding as part of this tutorial.
The first set of placemats I made, I straight line quilted a quarter inch apart. This made for very dense quilting, but gave a lovely effect. I did the same for the purple and yellow placemat:
I also experimented with "organic" lines on the pink and green placemat; I really like how it looks.
If you are quilting vertical lines on your placemats, be sure to start in the middle, and work your way out to one edge, then return to the middle and work out to the other edge. Also be sure to sew the lines up and down, changing direction each time. Otherwise, constantly sewing in one direction will distort your placemat shape and pull it down or up on one side (trust me, I am the voice of bitter experience!!)
Also ensure to use good quality thread for your quilting as it will show up nicely and is such a feature in dense quilting like this. I use Aurifil 50wt thread for all my quilting. Its 100% cotton, and gives fabulous stitch definition. It appears expensive as it comes in big spools, but it lasts for absolutely ages, so it actually is great value. I always have a white, a neutral and a grey on my sewing table.
Lastly, you need to add your binding. I machine bound these as I wanted them to stand up to the sort of washing that only a 5 and 7 year old can generate at the dinner table.
I still need to make the 2 boys' mats but they finally informed me of their colour choices today so I'll get around to them later in the week. And I'll do one for the baby when she gets a bit older :-) I love the idea of having 4 different colourways on the kitchen table, brightening it up.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. If you make some placemats, I'd love to see them so please post them on Instagram and tag me (@sewfairyface) or add them to my Flickr group Made From FairyFace Designs Tutes
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