Homemade Christmas gift ideas continued … [Project #2]

Our next project in our quick and easy gift ideas blog series is probably my favourite! One because the fabric range we used is just stunning and two because I love having picnics and there is no better way to make a picnic a classy affair than by putting out your own set of placemats and cutlery.

Picnic placemats

These placemats are designed as a quick and easy project that you can roll and take anywhere you want to go – or just a beautiful way to decorate your table. I used the Imperial collection by Robert Kaufman for my set ( found here on our website while stocks last – Imperial Collection 16)

As with the book covers, in our previous post, you can use any patchwork block or any fabric you like. You can even make your placemats a different size, you are only limited by your own imagination!! Our finished placemats are 17″ x 11″. We use a 1/4″ seam unless otherwise stated.

To make the placemats as we have you will need:
1 x feature fabric 9.5″ x 11.5″
2 x side panels 4.”5 x 11.5″
1 x pocket panel 4.5″ x 6.5″
1 x backing fabric 17.5″ x 11.5″
2x ribbon 14″
1 x fusible pellon or foam 17″ x 11″
coordinating thread

Step 1:
Fold down the top of the pocket piece 1/4″ and press, then fold down again and press. Topstitch fold.

Step 2: Baste the pocket piece onto the bottom of one of the side panels. This is just to keep it in place for the next step.

Step 3: With right sides together stitch the side panels on to your feature fabric.

Step 4: Centre your fusible foam or fleece. Carefully turn over and press until fused to your fabric.

If you wish to do any quilting on your placemat you can do it now which will leave the back plain or you can wait till step ?????

Step 5: Centre, pin and baste your ribbon in place – the opposite side to your panel with the pocket.

Step 6: Place your backing fabric right side down on top of your feature fabric. Pin and stitch all the way around, leaving a 3-4″ gap for turning. Clip your corners and turn out the right way using your gap.

Quirky Tip: – Change the directions of your pins so you remember to stop and leave a gap!! Don’t forget to backstitch/lock your stitch so it stays in place while turning.

Step 7: Press placemat well and pin closed opening. Top stitch using 1/8″ seam all the way around the placemat. If you wish to quilt now so the backing is quilted as well, now is the time.

Step 8: Ready to roll! Now off to a picnic with you:)

We would love love love to see your placemats! Share them on our Facebook album……*****can we make a special album for customer projects on fb??****