I got a late start for a variety of reasons ... but one was that I didn't actually know how to make a placemat ... and as I learned from my pot holders ... just treating it like a mini-quilt does not always work.
So I decided to put together at tutorial for anyone else out there that might be trying to figure this out ...
The tutorial is not about how to design the front of the placemat. As I had previously mentioned, the inspiration for my placemats this year was Kate at Needle and Spatula. But rather, the tutorial focuses on how to put the place mat together.
First, I start with the excess batting I have laying around from making quilts and cut a piece for each placemat.
|15" x 20" batting|
Then lay the back of the placemat onto the batting -- if you're using a print, you'll want the wrong side of the fabric to face the batting.
|14" x 19" back of placemat (right-side up)|
|14" x 19" front of placemat (wrong side up) pinned|
Sew 1/4" from edge of fabric, leaving an opening on one of the long sides of the place mat that is large enough to get your hand into (you will need to turn it right side out).
Trim the excess batting and clip the corners.
|Open seam seen at top|
|Clipping the corners|
|Right-side out placemat|
Then I use a letter opener to finish pushing out the corners (be careful here not to push to hard and rip the fabric).
Then gently iron around the perimeter, getting the fabric to lay flat and closing up the opening you used to turn it right-side out.
|Ironed (you can see opening on bottom left)|
I then stitch about 1/8" of an inch from the edge -- this ensures that you get the opening caught and closed to avoid fraying later. I have also been shifting the needle one notch to the right (as opposed to keeping it central). This gets me that much closer to the edge.
|Stitching close to the edge|
I also did some straight line quilting ... which you can see front and back below.
Let me know if you have any clarity questions.
All the best