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Perfect Potluck Placemat is perfect for quick quilting project!


Yesterday I showed you how to easy it is to get a lot of visual impact using grosgrain ribbon and the Letterpress fabric wedges to make the… Ribbon and Wedges Placemat. Applying the deep red ribbon to the wedges made the quilting simultaneously.

Here’s another placemat design using one main fabric (21892-11), of the Letterpress collection by Northcotta contrasting solid and some ⅜” grosgrain ribbon. This placemat has a little pocket on the front that’s perfect for holding a napkin and your silverware!


Letterpress fabric 21892-11 and a contrasting solid
Letterpress fabric 21892-11 and a contrasting solid


Cutting Instructions for 1 – 12″ x 18″ placemat

2 – 13″ x 19″ rectangles from print fabric

2 – 3″ x WOF for binding and 1 – 4″ x 12″ from contrasting fabric for pocket

1 – 3¾” x 11¾ ” from light-weight iron-on interfacing for pocket

Sewing Instructions

Press iron-on interfacing to wrong side of pocket fabric.


Press iron-on interfacing to wrong side of pocket fabric.
Press iron-on interfacing to wrong side of pocket fabric.


Press pocket fabric in half to make a 4″ x 6″ pocket. Sew a 4″ strip of grosgrain ribbon or similar trim about 1″ down from the fold.


Sew trim to top of pocket.
Sew trim to top of pocket.


Baste the pocket on the front of the pocket about 2″ from the right hand side and having the bottom raw edges even.

Sew grosgrain ribbon trim on each side of the pocket, covering the raw edges of the pocket. Sew another piece of ribbon trim about 2″ from the other side of the placemat.


Grosgrain ribbon trim added to placemat
Grosgrain ribbon trim added to placemat


Layer placemat, light-weight batting and remaining 13″ x 19″ rectangle. Pin-baste and then quilt as desired.

Trim the placemat so it measures 12″ x 18″ (or your desired size).


Sew the 3″ binding strips together, end to end, to make a strip long enough to go all around the placemat. Fold in half and press. Using a walking or even-feed foot, sew on the binding using a ½” seam. Fold binding to back and hand-stitch in place.

And like magic, you have another easy placemat made from Northcott’s Letterpress fabrics!


Finished placemat with cutlery pocket
Finished placemat with cutlery pocket


Come back tomorrow and I’ll show you another placemat design using fabrics from Northcott Letterpress collection. This placemat is the Perfect Potluck Placemat – it has extra pockets for carrying plates and cutlery to your next potluck event!


This is part 3 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 2: Simply quilted, high impact Ribbon and Wedges Placemat

Go to part 4: Making the ingenious Pull-out Plate Placemat using leftover Letterpress fabric

Jean has been designing and publishing patterns since 1997. For the past 10 years she has been designing patterns for new fabric collections by Northcott Fabrics. Her work has been published in several magazines in both Canada and the United States. Jean holds a Fiber Arts Certificate in quilting and has taught extensively throughout Canada, including six national Quilt Canada conferences. She was named "Canadian Teacher of the Year" in 2003 by the Canadian Quilters Association and has won numerous awards for her quilts.


  1. dianne davis

    Love this placemat, wish I would have seen it before Christmas 2017. I made placemats, napkins for my youngest son, & daughter in law for Christmas 🙂 I may need to make my oldest son/wife for Christmas 2018

    • Thanks Dianne. Glad you liked this design!

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