So of course I had to go work on something completely new!
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I settled on the 10-minute table runner (you can do a search for that and find lots of tutorials) though it took me longer than 10 minutes to make. I added trim between the borders and the center, and top stitching to help keep seams flat after washing. Still quick, but it took longer than I anticipated. Then again, what doesn’t?
I wanted the poinsettia print to do most of the work in the placemats, and I wanted to use the other two fabrics from the runner to tie in to the runner. Here’s what I came up with:
I took notes and pictures to remember how to make them again and to share the process here.
Christmas Placemat Tutorial
For each placemat I used:
- 1 – 13” x 18.5” rectangle of poinsettia print
- 1 – 13” x 18.5” rectangle of backing fabric
- 1 – 2” x 14” strip of gold for the diagonal strip
- 2 – 3/4” x 14” strips of striped accent fabric
Step 1. Sew one accent strip to each side of the gold strip. (I missed a picture of this, sorry!). Press the seams towards the accent strips.
Step 2. Measure and mark 9 1/4” from the top left corner along the top and left side of the print rectangle, then cut from one mark to the other.
Step 3. Sew the gold strip set to the largest print piece, centering it along the diagonal cut. Open and press the seam towards the print.
Step 4. Sew the print triangle to the other side of the gold strip set, matching centers. Press the seam towards the print.
Step 5. Trim the piece back into a rectangle measuring 13” x 18.5”". The top of your placemat is finished.
Step 6. I wanted my placemats to be thin to layer over a tablecloth, so I chose not to add batting to quilt them. I also didn’t want to use binding, so I finished the placemats by sewing the front and back together right sides together all around the sides, leaving an opening on one side, then turning the piece right side out through the opening. I clipped the corners of the seam allowance to reduce bulk in the corners.
**If you want to add batting, layer batting, then backing (right side up), then top (wrong side up) and proceed as in step 6. **
Step 7. Press placemat, making crisp edges all around and pressing the fabric in the side opening to match. Top stitch about 1/8” from the edge all around the placemat. This will close the opening as well as keep the edges pressed when you wash the placemats.
Step 8. Top stitch in the ditch between the thin accent strips and the gold, and between the accent strips and the poinsettia print. This will help the seams stay flat when you wash the placemats.
That’s it! Now I need to go fill a few plates with Christmas goodies to set on the Christmas placemats! I need to go find the greenery and candle centerpiece too…