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Striped Placemat

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Directions - Creates Four Placemats

All seams are 1/4"


CUT FABRIC
1. Cut Border Fabric Pieces

You may use your own large quilter's ruler, rotary cutter and mat to measure out and cut the pieces, or use another straight edge and scissors.

Cut the following pieces: (width x height) Quantities are in parenthesis

candy cane border placemat Side Border Fabric 2-color (candy cane stripe)
Cut 12 strips of each of the two colors. Each strip must be 1.5" wide. Cut across the entire width of the fabric (strips will be 1.5" x 42"-44" depending on your fabric width). You will have 24 strips.


4 color stripe placemat border Side Border Fabric 4-color ("special" 4-color stripe
Cut 6 strips of each of the 4 colors. Each strip must be 1.5" wide. Cut across the entire width of the fabric (strips will be 1.5" x 42"-44" depending on your fabric width). You will have 24 strips.


solid placemat border Side Border Fabric 1-color (no stripes):
Cut 1 strip that measures 12.5" in height. Cut across the entire width of the fabric (strip will be 12.5" x 42"-44" depending on your fabric width). 

Cut the strip into eight 5" segments. Each piece will measure 5" width x 12.5" height. You will have two border pieces for each mat.


2. Cut Center Squares

From the center square fabric (white print in my Christmas placemats), cut 2 strips of fabric, each measuring 12.5" x w.o.f. (width of fabric). Cut across the entire width of the fabric (strips will be 12.5" x 42"-44" depending on your fabric width).

Now, cut the first strip into 12.5" segments, so that you have three 12.5" x 12.5" squares. Cut one more 12.5" x 12.5" square from the second strip. You will now have 4 center squares, which will be used to create 4 placemat tops.


3. Cut Backing

From the backing fabric, cut 2 strips that measure 12.5" in height. Cut across the entire width of the fabric (strip will be 12.5" x 42"-44" depending on your fabric width).

Now, cut the first strip into 21.5" segments, so that you have two 12.5" x 21.5" rectangles. Repeat with the second strip. You will have 4 backs in all, each measuring 12.5" x 21.5".


4. Cut Batting or Fusible Fleece

cut batting for placematUse your backing pieces as patterns for cutting batting (or fleece or felt) pieces. For felt that is only 36" wide, you will need to place one mat vertically, as shown in the diagram.


SEWING INSTRUCTIONS
1. Make Diagonally Striped Borders

Go on to step two if you are using solid borders.

Sew your strips together along long edges. If you are using two colors, you will alternate the colors. If you are using 4 colors, you can repeat color patterns, or sew them together randomly.

sew stripes When finished, you will have a piece of "striped fabric" that measures 45" width x 24" height.


sew stripes You will now need to rotate the fabric piece 45 degrees and cut the borders from your striped fabric. Be sure all 8 pieces fit before you begin cutting! It might be helpful to cut 8 pattern pieces from paper, each measuring 5" width x 12.5" height, and lay them out before cutting.


2. Assemble Placemat Tops

assemble placemat top Sew the two border pieces to the center square (solid border pieces or striped border piece). Each border measures 5" wide x 12.5" height. When the placemat top is sewn together, it will measure 21.5" width x 12.5" height.


3. Attach Letters Or Other Applique

If you wish to add letters, do so at this time.

If you are going to wash the mat by hand, you may not need to sew the letters into place. If you plan to machine wash the placemat, I recommend stitching around each letter or applique. Edges of appliques can be outlined with fabric paint to help prevent fraying. Spray-on glitter can also add a nice touch.

Go to: Applique / Fusible Web Tutorial for applique tips and instructions.

Go to Page 1 for my letter patterns.

letter applique To create your own FREE alphabet for applique, use any software you have that allows you to create interesting letters. Another good source for letters is coloring books and embroidery transfers. I used a graphics program to draw my letters.


ASSEMBLE & FINISH YOUR PLACEMAT

Go to: Assembling and Binding for instructions on finishing your placemat.

You can finish the mat by adding a binding around the edge, or finish the placemat without binding. Both methods are explained in my free tutorial.


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