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How to create woven Holiday Ribbons on placemats using fabric and threads

 

In this week’s blog posts I’m focusing on WonderFil’s rayon thread packs. There are over 20 different thread packs that are perfect for any project. I’ve already played with the fall thread pack and the Pumpkin pack. Today’s pack is Christmas!

Christmas thread pack creates ribbon effect on placemats.
Christmas thread pack creates ribbon effect on placemats.

 

I like using the rayon Splendor as an embellishing thread. I find the 40wt thread just a little too fine for quilting larger projects, so I limit myself to quilting wall hangings and decorative stitching.

So far this week, I’ve shown you two different placemat projects using these fantastic threads and today I’m adding another project. It’s simple, but really great looking.

It involves some pre-marking on the fabric, and then some fun stitching!

WonderFil's Christmas rayon thread pack.
WonderFil’s Christmas rayon thread pack.

 

There are 3 different Christmas theme packs to choose from: Christmas, Classic Christmas and Country Christmas. I’ve chosen the Christmas pack.

I’ve also chosen a light beige fabric with metallic print as I think the thread will show well.

HINT Stitch with fabric right side up!

I was showing off my finished placemats and hubby noticed that one was shiny and the other wasn’t. I guess I wasn’t paying attention. Good thing these placemats are for us and not gifts!

One placemat with fabric right side up and one with wrong side up.
One placemat with fabric right side up and one with wrong side up.

 

My placemats are going to be 14″ x 10″. I’ve cut the fabric and a layer of low loft batting 15″ x 11″ to allow some shrinkage as I stitch.

I’ve drawn myself a little map on a piece of paper so I know which ribbon will weave under and which will weave over. I started my lines about 3½” away from the top and left edge of the fabric. I’ve drawn 4 lines 1″ apart horizontally and vertically starting at the left edge.

Draw ribbon lines on right side of fabric.
Draw ribbon lines on right side of fabric.

 

HINT Test stitches on scraps of fabric.

Use scraps of fabric to test decorative stitches.
Use scraps of fabric to test decorative stitches.

 

It’s always a good idea to test decorative stitches. I look for density, size, whether I can flip or mirror the image and just to see how the pattern stitches out. It’s a good time saving idea.

Stitch decorative stitches between the marked lines.
Stitch decorative stitches between the marked lines.

 

I used the drawn map to give me an idea of where to stitch. I started with stitches a bit more solid down the center between the lines. I then used stitches a bit more open to stitch down both sides of the center line.

Add the green stitch to show off the ribbon effect.
Add the green stitch to show off the ribbon effect.

 

I chose different stitches and green thread to stitch the vertical ribbons. It’s starting to look good.

Have you noticed that I’ve used 2 different green threads and 2 different reds? The reds are quite close in color, but there’s a clear light and dark in the 2 greens. I could have easily used just one red and one green threads, but I like the lacy effect I get with two shades.

Quilt the placemat with outline stitches on either side of the ribbons.
Quilt the placemat with outline stitches on either side of the ribbons.

 

Once the decorative stitches were sewn, I layered the placemats with backing fabric. I used a triple straight stitch to outline the ribbons and quilt the layers of fabric together at the same time. There was no need to add a 2nd layer of batting.

Notice that I used the darkest green thread from the pack to outline the green ribbons and the darkest red to outline the red ribbons.

This week I’ve used the Fall, Pumpkin and Christmas rayon thread packs from WonderFil to stitch up some quick and easy placemats. You can see all these exciting collection packs under Seasons Colorway – you’ll fall in love.

I’ve got a Variegated and the Bright thread pack left to work with and I have some more placemat project ideas to share with you! Join me tomorrow!

 

This is part 3 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 2: In decorative stitching, the magic is in the rayon threads

Go to part 4: A variety of decorative stitches create an original applique fabric

Allison has an Education degree from University of Winnipeg and many years’ experience teaching aquatics. Allison began teaching sewing and quilting while working at a sewing machine dealer in Calgary, Alberta. She also owned her own fabric store and sewing school for 6 years where she had the wonderful opportunity to teach a wide variety of classes to many sewers, young and old. She now has a studio and classroom in her home and does customer quilts and well as longarm machine rentals. She is a National Handi Quilter Educator. Allison teaches in her studio, locally and in North America. Allison has a very, very supportive husband, 2 daughters and granddaughter close by.

1 Comment

  1. Linda Cartwright

    I love this idea, something I have never thought of!

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