Hello! Welcome to my Scrappy Patchwork Place Mat tutorial! I’ve done a little editing to this post to add in a few more ideas. I originally wrote the post to make scrappy place mats with left over jelly roll strips, but you can really use any scraps, and you can also use Moda candy squares and charm squares!
If you use jelly roll strips, simply follow the directions below. If you decide to
use Moda Candy squares (2 ½″ x 2 ½″) then you’ll need 36 for each place mat. A charm pack can be cut into 2 ½″ squares, and so one charm pack will give you enough squares for four place mats.
I had fun making my original place mats out of the “Oh Cherry Oh” Jelly Roll by Moda fabrics. I also used a little rick rack for embellishment.
Jelly Roll Instructions (if using 2 ½″ x 2 ½″ squares, simply make nine four-patch units or six nine-patch units and follow the rest of the instructions below).
For 4 placemats you will need a minimum of thirteen jelly roll strips (if you’d like to make your placemats even cuter and scrappier…cut 18 jelly roll strips in half and use 9 of those half strips along with 4 full-sized strips for the side borders). You will also need ½ yard for binding for the four place mats and ½ yard to back them (or use one fat quarter to back each place mat). If you would like to add rick rack trim to the sides, then also get 3 yards of ⅝″ rick rack. Your finished place mats will measure 12 ½″ x 16 ½″.
I used the chain-sewing technique to make the sewing of these segments go quickly. I didn’t even cut them apart after sewing on one side…I just flipped them over and began chain-sewing the other side.
Press the four-patch blocks open, and you will have 36 four-patch blocks. Use 9 four-patch blocks for each place mat. Sew into three rows, and then sew your rows together.
Attach your binding and your place mats are done! A Jelly Roll with 40 strips will make 12 place mats…I can’t wait to make some 4th of July, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas place mats for myself and for gifts!
8. Make a “coin” quilt. 9. Sew strip sets, then cut at 45 degree angles to make triangles. 10. Make “Log Cabin” blocks. 11. Make “piano key” borders. 12. Make potholders, coasters, or placemats. 13. Use strips to frame or sash blocks or rows of blocks. 14. Make ½ square triangles (you’ll need a special ruler, template, or paper).
Sew Many Ways... says
These are the cutest placemats and such a great tutorial. Thanks for all the extra tips too. This was the best!!
The Un-Organized Mom says
I love these placemats!! They match perfectly the colors I am using for my kitchen re-do… another project added to the list!
I love your placemats! Thanks for the great tutorial and for sharing your ideas!
Simone de Klerk says
I think I should get a Jelly Roll some day, seeing all those pretty things you can make with it. Thank you for the tutorial. A good one for placemats for my daughter, who will be leaving home in a few months …
Vickie E says
Very good tute….very very good…
This is a very good post.. I am always trying to think of ways to use those 2.5 inch strips.
Darling and love the ric rac! Absolutely perfect for spring/summer tea parties. :o)
How perfect for spring and summer – Very Cute!
Another great idea – such great placemats. A great way to make the fabric do the work.
Thanks Sherri. I have a “Butterfly Fling” jellyroll that I have been trying to figure out what to do with. I’ll just make placemats for springtime. Woohoo!
These are so cute! Thanks so much!
Too cute!! Thanks for sharing!
Red Geranium Cottage says
Cute Sherry!! I just made one of those a couple weeks ago. Very easy and anyone can do it. Thanks for the tutorial. We’ll all have pretty placemats on our table now. Just dont drop any food on them.
Wow ..thanks for a great idea!!! :o)
The placemats is wonderful!!
Sheri Howard says
I loved that aqua color in that line of fabric! I think Aqua is a great color. I have always loved those little “stamp” sized blocks. Thanks for sharing!
Carrie P. says
You are just full of great ideas. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks for the tutorial. This is something I could have thought of but wouldn’t have. It is also something I will use. Thanks again.
Peddlecar Quilts says
Those are so darn cute! What a great way to use a jelly roll. Most of the patterns I use need so much extra fabric, now all I need is some fat quarters and binding, what a concept!!!! You are just full in information we love!!
I LOVE your placemats and what a great tutorial…Thank you so much!
Awesome Sherri! I now know what I’m going to do with one of the 4 jelly rolls I have collected in the recent past.
Excellent tutorial. Thanks for sharing.
jen duncan says
Hi Sherri- Thanks for visiting my blog! You said you felt like going to sew now…girl; by the looks of this blog of yours, you sew PLENTY!! Wowee–love it ALL!!
Jane's Fabrics and Quilts says
Holy Moly, thank you so much, may I ask what size rick rack you used? i just love that fabric line!!and all the ideas Thank you so much!!!!
A Spoonful Of Sugar says
Such sweet, colourful placemats – thanks for the inspiration!
Kathy Wheeler says
Love the placemats, and great tips. Thanks Sherri. KJW
Nanette Merrill and daughters says
THanks Sherri. Good job. I love the placemats. They are so cute and the rick rack adds so much. I’ve been wondering what to do with my new jelly roll.
These place mats are so cute. Thanks for a great tutorial and for all the tips on what to do with a jellieroll. I did one of the 15 you mentioned, a Chinese Coin quilt and love it.
Love the placemats!
Shades of Blue says
These are so cute, I have been looking for something to do with jelly rolls and I think I have found it! Thanks for sharing.
Love the place mats! I'll have to try making some for my table.
Thanks for sharing.
What size are the squares?
Looking for an idea for placemats and I found your site. Thanks SEW much for this "jelly Roll." Good tips.
Rohit Kumar says
These are so nice placemats,i like these placemates so much.