How To Make Quilted Placemats

Considering we spend all of our meals together on the dinner table, it’s amazing how impersonal it gets after time. From our dinner plates to the mantle to the placemats, everything is store bought and mass produced. But back in the day of our grandparents, they made everything. In fact, I’d guess that they carved the dinner table and the seats out of wood they chopped down themselves. Of course that was the era before mass production and homogenization.  One easy way to make the dinner table more homey and intimate is to make quilted placemats.

You’ll need the following items:

  • Quilting ruler
  • ¾ yard fabric for the front
  • ¾ yard fabric for the back
  • ¾ yard batting
  • Cutting mat
  • Safety pins
  • Thread
  • Pins
  • Scissors
  • Safety pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Rotary cutter
  • Disappearing fabric pen

  • Step 1: Make sure that the fabric has been washed. Ink will stick better on it after it’s been washed and dried.
  • Step 2: Fold your fabric the right side out and make sure the selvages are matched with each other.
  • Step 3: Take your scissors and cut 13 x 19 inch rectangles. Cut from your mat, backing fabric and the batting. These will be what your placemats will be made of.
  • Step 4: With your fabric pen, make quilting lines on the place mat fabric. Measure 2 ½ inches from the upper left side and mark it. Mark more points across the top of the rectangle at 2 inch intervals. Your final point should be 2 ½ inches on the opposite side now.
  • Step 5: Repeat Step 4 but for the bottom of the rectangle.
  • Step 6: Connect the points you’ve made in Step 4&5 with vertical lines.
  • Step 7: Take your backing fabric and mark points a half-inch away from the corners.
  • Step 8: Take your batting pieces and put in a piece of the placemat on each piece of the batting with the right side up. Put the backing above your placemat with the wrong side up. Finally, line up the edges and corners of your placemat.
  • Step 9: Stabilize the placemat by pinning the different layers together. Leave a 5-inch gap in the middle of a side.
  • Step 10: Sew up the placemat. Begin at the opening you made in Step 9 for turning. Sew with a half-inch seam allowance until you get to the first point at the corner. Keep sewing until you reach the opposite side of the opening.
  • Step 11: Take out the placemat and press it down. Repeat with the others as well.
  • Step 12: Remove any lingering threads as well as the seam allowances by the seams.
  • Step 13: Turn the placemat inside out by pulling it out through the opening you created in Step 9. Close the opening by sewing it shut.
  • Step 14: Stabilize the layers of the placemats using safety pins. Put pins in 4 inch intervals from top to bottom.
  • Step 15: Start quilting the placemat. Begin at the center and work your way to the sides.  Use the lines you made in Step 7 as a guide.
  • Step 16: Remove the pins and move on to the next.

You can get more ideas for quilted placemats by visiting websites like QuiltPox and StitchnSave.  


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