Picnic Placemat Tutorial

Hello Everyone! Do you remember going on picnics and using a red and white checkered tablecloth?checkerd tablecloth When I decided to make placemats for my Guild’s service project for Meals on Wheels, I thought it would be fun and summery to make a placemat version of the tablecloth. Well I made four, all from fabric on hand. They were fast and easy to make so I decided to write a tutorial for them. I hope you make your own and if you do, send me pictures or post them on Instagram and tag me @thequiltingnook.

 

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Here are my four. I really didn’t want to give them away, but I did. I especially liked the red one on the bottom. I plan on making some for us using fabric left over from my Whaley project

The placemats are 16″ x 12″.  For each placemat, you’ll need a dark, medium and light. I used fat quarters and some 2 1/2″ strips that I already had cut.  Let’s get started…

Materials for one placemat:

  • dark   2 – 2 1/2″ x 17″ strips
  • medium   4 – 2 1/2″ x 17″ strips
  • light   2 – 2 1/2″ x 17″ strips
  • 18″ x 14″ piece of fabric for backing
  • 18″ x 14″ piece of batting
  • Binding  2 – 2 1/2″ width of fabric for a total of 66″

Sewing:

placemat 1

To make strip sets:

  • sew a medium, dark, medium, dark together
  • sew a light, medium, light, medium together

placemat 2

  • Press seams towards the medium fabric. The sets are 8 1/2″ wide.

placemat 4

  • Cut each strip set into 6 – 2 1/2″ strips. There is enough length to give you a generous clean cut. I used my Creative Grids Stripology Quilt Ruler to make the cuts. This ruler is worth every penny!

placemat 3

I layered my strip sets carefully and cut two sets at a time.

  • Sew 2 – 2 1/2″ x 8 1/2″  medium/dark strips together on the short side making sure that the colors alternate. Repeat two more times.
  • Sew 2 – 2 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ light/medium strips together on the short side making sure that the colors alternate. Repeat two more times.
  • You will have 3 medium/dark strips and 3 light/medium strips

placemat 5

  • Sew 1 medium/dark strip to 1 light/medium strip. Repeat two more times for three sets.

placemat 6

  • Sew the three sets together as shown above.

placemat 7

  • Press the seams open for less bulk.

placemat 11

  • Layer the top, batting and backing. I used my walking foot and quilted in the ditch in all the seams, running off into the batting and sewing to the next seam. That way I was able to do all the quilting in one pass.
  • Sew the binding on in your preferred method. I usually hand sew my binding, but I finished these up on the day they had to be turned in so did this binding by machine. It wasn’t perfect, but not bad either!

placemat 9

placemat 10

 

placemat 12

These are the other three that I made. I made these in a couple of days while I was working on other things.

I hope you enjoyed the tutorial. Send pictures if you make them and I’ll post them here on the blog. Thanks for stopping by.

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4 Responses to Picnic Placemat Tutorial

  1. Lydia says:

    You make this look so easy!

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  2. Michele says:

    I love these. I can see making them for every holiday and season change.

    Like

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