I recently decided to make placemats for my daughter Andi.
So off I went shopping. I fell in love with some bright ethnic looking fabric, and opted to pair it with just 2 other colors, purple and mustard.
Wanting the colors to really pop, I chose black for the binding.
I decided to make the back of the placemat different from the front, so I made it predominately black with strips of the printed fabric.
For the front, I cut the squares 13 x 13 cm allowing for 1 cm seams, so the finished squares were 11 x 11cm. The final length of the placemat was 55cm
For the back I cut the following strips, allowing for 1 cm seams.
2 black 7cm x 33
1 black 5cm x 33
I black 27 cm x 33
1 Print 6 cm x 33
2 Print 7cm x 33
So…. To make the placemats, you just sew the front squares together in whichever manner pleases you.
To make the back, join the strips.
Attach a layer of interfacing in between the top and bottom using safety pins to keep it all in place. I did a quick zig zag around the edges to join the 3 layers.
Then you just bind the placemats. I used black strips of 6cm to make the binding and used the machine to bind the front and back.
At the back I pinned all around and machine sewed the inner edge of the binding in black. thread.
And there you have it, quick and easy placemats 🙂