Easy Quilted Placemat Pattern & Tutorial
Did any of you get time to make those quilted Christmas stockings? We’re using the same quilt-as-you-go method today to make some pretty but simple quilted placemats, complete with cutlery holders. You can make an identical set, or mix and match your fabrics according to what small pieces you might have to make a complimentary set. I’m using the left over fabrics from a quilt I’m working on – only my second ever but it’s so pretty that I wanted to make the most of these left overs.
To sew the easy quilted placemats
You will need:
- Piece of fleece or low loft batting
- Small pieces of fabric for the cutlery holders and accent panel
- A larger piece for the main panel
- Backing fabric
- Matching threads
This can be easily adapted to whatever sized pieces of fabric you have so I’ll include the measurements I used for mine, but feel free to mix it up to fit your pieces and the ideal size for your finished mats.
Cut your piece of fleece or batting which will form the center of your placemat. I made mine 11 by 14 inches but do whatever size you like. Do allow a little extra around your edges for trimming and squaring off, say 1/2 an inch on each side.
For the accent pieces, cut strips of fabric 1.5 to 2 inches wide by 5 inches long. I used 8 of these pieces. Lie out your fabrics until you are happy with the color balance.
The same as we did for the Christmas Stockings, place two pieces more or less in the middle on top of the fleece, with right sides facing. Line up the edges and sew along one of the longer edges with a 1/4 inch seam. Open out and press. Stitch several lines horizontally through the fabric strips to quilt them to the backing.
Then build up the strips one at a time to the top and the bottom, pressing and quilting each piece until the whole side is completed.
Cut your main piece of fabric to fit over the rest of the fleece with a little left over for trimming. With right sides of the fabric facing each other, line up one edge with the right hand edge of the accent panel and stitch with a 1/4 inch seam. Open out and press neatly.
Quilt the main panel with equally spaced lines of stitching from top to bottom to have a little contrast to the side panel which is quilted horizontally.
Square off and trim all of your raw edges.
Cut two pieces of fabric 3 inches by 5.5 inches. Fold in half lengthways and stitch along the open long edge to form a tube. Turn it right side out and press with the seam centered at the back.
Decide where you want to place your cutlery holders and use your cutlery to work out the placement, the size and the lines that will be needed. Take a look at mine as an example. I’m making space for a knife, fork and spoon, but you can just make space for the knife and fork if you prefer.
Tuck under the raw edges on each side, mark your lines and stitch the cutlery holders to the main panel. Stitch along the bottom of the lower piece to stop your cutlery going all the way through and falling out the bottom.
Match up your front with a backing fabric right sides together and stitch around the outside with a 1/4 inch seam. Leave a 4 inch gap in one side to turn.
Turn out the right way, press and turn in the raw edges at the opening. Stitch all the way around the outside with a decorative stitch of your choice to close up that gap and your pretty placemat with cutlery holder is now completed.
If you enjoyed this tutorial and love to sew, check out some of the Little House Living favorite sewing patterns, quick and simple sewing patterns and all of the previous articles in the sewing category.