Did you have a chance to make the Book Lover Placemat I showed you yesterday? That pattern is a very versatile one from which you can make a whole collection of placemats. Northcott’s Letterpress collection is such a cool fabric to make a quick and easy placemat.
Let’s explore how to use 3 more fabrics from this collection plus some grosgrain ribbon trim to make another book lover’s placemat. I used fabrics 21891-11, 21894-92 and 21893-11 from the Letterpress collection.
Cutting Instructions for 1 placemat
- 1 piece 13½” x about 15″ from each of the 3 fabrics
- Stack the fabrics, one on top of the other and press.
- Cutting through all 3 layers, cut 4 wedges that are 3½” x 4½” at the widest part and 1½” – 2″ at the narrowest part. Try to make different angles on each wedge for more design interest.
- 2 strips 3″ x WOF from a contrasting fabric for binding
- 13″ x 19″ piece for backing
Sew the wedges together, alternating wide and narrow edges. Press seams open.
Layer placemat, batting and backing and pin-baste together.
Use a walking or even-feed foot to sew a ⅜” strip of grosgrain ribbon or similar trim over each seam line. You’ll be quilting the placemat as you sew on the ribbon. I also added some straight line quilting on the wedge sections using a variegated rayon thread for added interest.
Sew the 3″ binding strips to make a strip long enough to go all around the placemat. Fold in half and press.
Use a walking or even-feed foot to sew on the binding using a ½” seam. For this placemat, I sewed the binding on the back of the placemat and then folded it over to the right side. Then I machine-stitched the binding in place.
I hope you enjoyed making this place mat using Northcott’s Letterpress fabric.
Come back tomorrow and I’ll show you another quick and easy placemat design using fabric from this great collection.
This is part 2 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 1: Fun with Letterpress fabric and making a quilted placemat
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