Christmas Placemats

Posted by debbieh on Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

Hooray for Holidays

Project by Reeze L. Hanson

Morning Glory Quilts

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Debbie Hicks, Too Cute Embroidery


 When I first laid eyes on all the fun Christmas Candy fabrics in this line, I knew I HAD to make Reeze’s placemats for the holidays to showcase them.  I hope you enjoy making them as much as I did!


Project Notes

The fabrics listed will make at least four place mats and four napkins.  The instructions are written for making one of each. 



Skill Level: Beginner

Place Mat Size: 17-1/2” x 13-1/2”

Napkin Size: 13-1/2” x 13-1/2”



-       20 coordinating fat quarters

-       Batting – 22” x 18” thin batting for each place mat

-       Neutral-color all purpose thread

-       Quilting thread

-       Basting spray or safety pins

-       Water or heat erasable marker

-       Basic sewing tools and supplies


  1. Select eight coordinating fat quarters for one place mat and napkin set.  Decide which fat quarter will be used for the A center, B ends, C pocket, D pocket edge, E binding and F backing; the remaining two fat quarters will be used for the backing. You may mix  and match fabrics to use the same fabric as the D fabric for binding or the backing may be cut from the remaining D fabric. Save all remaining fabric pieces to combine and use for more place mats.         
  2. From the A fabric, cut one 14” x 14” A square for the place mat center.
  3. From the B fabric, cut two 2-1/2” x 14” B rectangles for the place mat outer edge pieces.
  4. From the C fabric, cut one 10” x 10” square; cut in half diagonally to make two C triangles.
  5. From the D fabric, cut one 1-1/2” x 15” D strip for the edging for C triangles.
  6. Cut and piece 2-1/4” bias strips from fabric E to create an 80” long strip.
  7. Cut one 14”x14” square from each of the remaining fat quarters for napkin.         

Completing the Place Mat

  1. Sew a B strip to opposite ends of A; press seams toward B strips.


  1. Mark diagonal crosshatch lines 1-3/4” apart on the A-B to using a water or heat-erasable marker.


    3. Sandwich batting between the A-B top and the F backing fat quarter       with right sides out. Apply basting spray or use safety pins to secure layers together.

  1. Stitch on the marked lines; remove marker lines. Note: A walking foot may be used on your machine to keep layers from shifting.  


  1. Trim the backing and batting edges even with the A-B top.


  1. Fold and press the 1-1/2” wide D strip in half with wrong sides together along length.


  1. Pin the pressed D strip along the diagonal of a C triangle, matching raw edges.
  2. Place the second C triangle right sides together on top of the pinned C-D unit; stitch together along the long diagonal edge as shown.
  3. Press one C to the wrong side, and D up and away from the C pieces and trim excess D to match diagonal edge.


  1. Align the edges of the C-D pocket with one corner of the quilted A-B top and machine baste in place along outer edges.
  2. Join the binding strips on the short ends to make one long strip; fold with wrong sides together along length and press.

  1. You have two choices when applying your binding. You can apply it traditionally; (1) stitching to the front and folding to the back or (2) pin the binding strip to the back side of the placemat and stitch in place, mitering corners and overlapping at the ends. Press the binding up and over to the top side of the place mat, enclosing raw edges.  Hand stitch or machine stitch to secure folded edge to place mat.


Completing the Napkin

  1. Place the two 14” x 14” napkin squares right sides together, aligning edges.
  2. Stitch all around, leaving a 3” opening on one side.
  3. Clip corners; turn right side out through the opening.
  4. Press opening edges ¼” to the inside
  5. Topstitch layers together close to the edge, closing the opening at the same time.
  6. Fold napkin as shown and place inside the place mat pocket.




I would like to thank Reeze for allowing me to share her wonderful project with you. You can find out more about Reeze and more of her inspiring projects at her website below.


I had so much fun playing with the Christmas Candy fabrics, I stitched up a set for our holiday dinner.  These would make wonderful heartfelt holiday gifts for friends and family that they could enjoy year after year.


Happy Stitching!


Debbie Hicks

Too Cute Embroidery




Category: Home Decor


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