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Christmas Place Mat


Fabrics: Tole Christmas by Gina Martin for Moda Fabrics


Don't stress this holiday season! This place mat is so quick and easy that you'll easily be able to make a set of four between Christmas shopping and family time!


Materials for One Place Mat:

  • 18x21" piece (fat quarter) print for place mat backing
  • 9 assorted print 2-1/2x14" strips for place mat top
  • 1/4 yard dot or print for place mat binding
  • 14x20" piece thin quilt batting
  • Quilt basting spray (optional)
  • Water-soluble marking pen


Finished place mat: 18x12"


Sew this project with 1/4" seams. Sew with right sides together unless otherwise stated.

Yardages and cutting instructions are based on 42" of usable fabric width.



Cut the Fabrics:

From backing fabric, cut:

  • 1—14x20" rectangle


From binding fabric, cut:

  • 2—2-1/2x42" strips



Assemble and Quilt the Place Mat:


1. Lay backing fabric rectangle on work surface with right side down.


2. Place thin quilt batting piece on top. (If desired, use quilt-basting spray to secure the layers together.)



3. Using water-soluble marking pen, mark a line 2-1/2" from left short edge.


4. Align one print 2-1/2x14" strip, right side up, between the left short edge and the drawn line.


5. Place a second print 2-1/2x14" strip, right side down, atop the first strip.


6. Sew together along one edge through all layers.

TIP: Use a walking foot attachment on your machine during the construction to avoid puckers on the placemat front and back. With a walking foot, all layers of fabric move through machine at the same speed. (See a video of how to use a walking foot here.)


7. Finger-press the top strip open.


8. Continue adding assorted print strips in same manner, one at a time, finger pressing each open, until all nine strips have been added.


9. Finger-press ninth strip open. Press unit flat.


10. Centering strips, trim unit to make an 18x12" place mat top.


11. Machine baste around outer edges of place mat top about 1/8" from cut edges.


To bind and finish the edges of place mat use the 2-1/2x42" binding strips.  See instructions to finish the place mat here.






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