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reversible placemats sewing pattern

Reversible Placemat


measures 13.5" x 18.5"



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Two Styles - Reversible Placemats


A great way to use fabric remnants! Mix and match colors and patterns to create complementary placemats. Elegant on one side and casual on the other, or mix up holidays and other occasions. Economical and easy. All it takes to create 2 placemats is 1 fat quarter of fabric #1 for the main fabric of one side, and one fat quarter of fabric #2 for the main fabric of the reversible side. Mix and match strips for the borders.

I also used 1/2 yard of fusible fleece. It takes just a bit more to add the table runner. Besides being quick to make, this project is very economical.

NOTE: Fusible fleece adds a nice padding. It noes NOT provide insulation. If you need insulation against heat or cold, use cotton batting and Insul-Bright.

Make a matching table runner

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side A reversible placemat side B reversible placemat

Supplies: Makes 2 Placemats

Sewing Hint: I provide exact lengths of strips. It is safer to cut the strips a bit longer than needed, and then trim as necessary.

FINISHED SIDE A: one center section measuring 10" x 15", and one border measuring 1.5"
FINISHED SIDE B: one center section measuring 10" x 15", and one border measuring 1/2" and one border measuring 1 "

Side A Main Piece: 1 fat quarter (I used large floral)

Side A 1.5" Border: 4 strips measuring 2" x 10.5", and 4 strips measuring 2" x 18.5" (I used dark aqua print: 1 fat quarter is more than enough)

Side B Main Piece: 1 fat quarter (I used light aqua print)

Side B 1/2" Border: 4 strips measuring 1" x 11.5", and 4 strips measuring 1" x 15.5" (I used cream print: 1 fat quarter is more than enough)

Side B 1" Border: 4 strips measuring 16.5" x 1.5", and 4 strips measuring 13.5" x 1.5" (I used orange print: 1 fat quarter is more than enough)

1/2 yard fusible fleece (fusible fleece needs to be 40" wide)

Sewing Supplies: pins, sewing ruler, scissors, thread to match background

Directions

use 1/4" seam allowance

1. Side A: Cut 2 top pieces, each measuring 10.5" wide by 15.5" tall.

2. Side A: Cut strips for Side A: 4 strips measuring 2" x 10.5", and 4 strips measuring 2" x 18.5"

3. Repeat for Side B (refer to section above for measurements for strips)
cut side A pieces


4. Stitch the two side borders to Side A main piece.

5. Stitch the top and bottom border to Side A main piece. press all seams.
stitch side borders A stitch top and bottom borders A
 
6. Stitch the top and bottom borders to Side B main piece.

7. Stitch the two side borders to Side B main piece. Press all seams.
stitch top and bottom borders B stitch side borderss B

8. Following the directions provided with the fusible fleece, press the fusible fleece to the wrong side of Side A. attach fusible fleece
 
9. Lay Side A right side up. Lay Side B over Side A wrong side up. Pin layers together. pin sides
 
10. Stitch around perimeter using a 1/4" seam allowance. Leave a four or five inch opening for turning right side out. See diagram at right. stitch front to back
 
11. Trim corners (cut corners off, diagonally, close to stitching).

12. Turn right side out. Use a turning tool or blunt end of a crochet hook (or something similar) to push out corners. Turn open edges under. Press all edges and corners firmly with iron. Press under the open edges at the area left open for turning.
press open edges
 
8. Topstitch around entire outside edge, 1/8" from edge. See diagram at right.

NOTE: It's difficult to get perfectly square corners. They will probably be at least a tiny bit rounded. If you make a sharp corner with your topstitching, your rounded corners will show more. Therefore, I stitch up to within a stitch of the corner, then turn the corner slightly and make one or two stitches diagonally to the corner, then turn slightly and stitch on down the next side. Be sure your needle is DOWN when you come to a corner. This allows you to turn your mat without pulling the needle away from the mat. Some machines allow you to designate a needle down position when stopping (a very nice feature).
top stitch

finished reversible placemat


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