This is also a perfect project for scraps...I actually started with a Lucy's Crab Shack charm pack and then added in scraps from Hometown, Reunion, and Feed Company to mix it up. I'm in love with these...they are just the thing to brighten my table for a month or so before I'm ready to start decorating for fall!
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It goes without saying that the recipe fabric from Feed Company is the perfect backing for placemats...I'd been saving this for quite a while just for this project. And the Reunion print on navy was the only Sweetwater fabric I had enough of for binding...and I knew I wanted to bind all of my placemats in the same fabric.
So...here's what you need for 6 placemats:
- One charm pack or 36 squares 5" x 5"
- 1/3 yard for inner borders
- 3/4 yard for outer borders (or 1/8 yard for each if you make these different)
- 2/3 yard for binding
Begin by cutting each charm square into 3 strips 1 1/2" x 5". Mix up your strips and sew together into sets of 3.
Pressing really doesn't matter...press seams open, or press in one direction. These sections should measure 3 1/2" x 5".
Now, cut the sections in 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" squares. Choose 6 different squares for each placemat center. Lay them out so the colors and prints are mixed well.
Sew the top three units together, the bottom three units together, and then sew the two rows together.
My measurements for borders are provided below...be sure to measure your pieces and cut your borders to the measurement you need.
Sew a 1 1/2" x 6 1/2" rectangle of the inner border fabric to the left and right sides of the center unit. Press out toward the borders.
Sew a 1 1/2" x 11 1/2" rectangle of the inner border fabric to the top and bottom sides of the center unit. Press out toward the borders.
For the outer borders, sew a 2" x 8 1/2" rectangle to the left and right sides of the placemat unit. Press toward the border fabric.
Sew a 2" x 14 1/2" rectangle to the top and bottom of the placemat unit. Press toward the border fabric.
Aren't they starting to look cute?!
Layer your placemat top, batting, and backing and quilt as desired. I cut my batting and backing to measure 14" x 17" and used a wavy quilting design.
Bind your placemats and enjoy! I used 2 1/4" wide binding strips for my placemats. Watch my binding tutorials here and here if you need help with binding.
I hope you'll have fun with this placemat pattern! I'd love to know if you make some. Thanks so much for stopping by!