How I Made These Fun, Bright Placemats, in 10 doable Steps


It’s super easy to make fun bright placemats with matching cloth napkins and you don’t even need a pattern!

I’m going to walk you through the process in a few easy does it steps.

Make Placemats in 10 easy does it steps

The Ingredients for a set of two Placemats and two Cloth Napkins

Fabric used in the example is from Timeless Treasures the Tribeca Collection, this collection has a lovely large print design that was used to create the Appliques.

Placemats in just 10 Easy Does It Steps

    I had a purchased oval placemat that I like the size of. I used this as my template to make my base pattern.

  1. Using my “placemat pattern” I cut the fabric for the top and backing and two pieces of batting
  2. The stems were made by cutting the green fabric 3/8″ wide on the bias. I fused this in place with a bit of 1/4″ wide Steam a Seam.
  3. To make the leaves, first I applied fusible webbing to the wrong side of my green fabric. And next cut leaves out in a tear drop shape.
  4. I used a large floral print fabric to create my flowers. Again, I simply applied the fusible webbing to the wrong side of the fabric, behind the shape that I wanted to cut out.
  5. Then I carefully cut the medallion/floral shape from fabric following the outlines in the design
  6. I positioned the leaves and flower head where I wanted and fused those in place.
  7. Making placemats in 10 easy does it steps
    Appliques positioned and fused to background fabric
  8. Using a narrow satin Stitch I machine appliqued all the pieces in place.
  9. Placemats in 10 easy does it steps
    appliqueing with a narrow satin stitch
  10. Next I made my quilt sandwich layer, backing, batting, and top. I pin basted these together. at this point I realized it would have been better, if I had waited to create the oval shape AFTER I had quilted…but what was done was done, and I had to move forward!
  11. Now it’s time for the fun! Machine Quilting. I love this part. It’s like doodling, but with needle and thread.
  12. Placemats in 10 easy does it steps

  13. Time for binding. Because I did make an oval I’ll need to make a bias binding. I used a striped fabric – again from Timeless Treasures – Tribeca Collection. I sewed my binding to the front and hand stitched it to the back.
  14. Adding the Binding the Last Step
    Stripe Fabric adds a fun touch with a bias binding

    Now to add some Cloth napkins!

mason jar cups

The Cloth Napkins

Cloth Napkins oh sew easy :)
This fabric is perfect for cloth napkins, it’s soft and feels nice to the touch.
1/2 yard will make two napkins. Simply cut the fabric into an 18″ square.
Finish edges with a rolled hem or an overcast stitch.
Voila! Done!!!

Adele, Creative Domestic Engineer

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Fun Bright placemats in 10 easy does it steps

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