I added a pocket for utensils to both sides and quilted right above the pockets only, to hold the batting in place. For the quilting motif, I chose to mimic the chevron laminate design, as you will see in a close-up picture below.
My family LOVES them! My 23-year-old, Michael, wants me to mass produce them...
The set I made has six lovely placemats (twelve, if you remember they are reversible). Putting them together is fast, so they make a great gift for when you are pressed for time (read Christmas time!).
Here is what you will need:
Coordinating laminates (I had 1/2 yard of two or three fabrics)
Golden Thread paper
cutting mat, rotary cutter, ruler
basic sewing supplies
Since I made 6 placemats, the pictures are not all from one single mat (can you tell I was having fun?).
|Cut 12 rectangles, each measuring 18-1/4" x 12-1/2".|
|Cut 12 pockets, each measuring 5-1/2" x 7-1/2".|
|Using pinking shears, trim about 1/8" all around each pocket. This way, there is no need to fold sides down before you sew the pocket onto the placemat. As a bonus, the trim reminds us of the chevron pattern used on this project.|
|Place pocket onto the bottom right corner of a rectangle, making sure it is placed 1 inch from the bottom edge and 1 inch from the right edge of the placemat.|
|Blogger is giving me a hard time, and it keeps flipping my pictures!!! But, this is what the pocket should look like.|
|Now, cut a 18-1/4" x 12-1/3" piece of batting, put it under the rectangles, and sew the sandwich together with a 1/4" seam, leaving a 4" opening.|
|... and turn it inside out.|
|Fold fabrics 1/4" in at the opening, secure them with a paper clip, and top stitch all around so placemat will lay flat.|
|Because I added pockets to both the front and the back, I could not quilt the entire surface of the mat. I decided to trace the chevron pattern using Golden Thread quilting paper. Then, I cut out the strips of paper ...|
|... and secured one of them to the top of the placemat using paper clips. Now for some quilting fun!|
|Notice that I sewed the entire placemat using the walking foot, which handles the laminate better. Here, I am quilting with it. Once the quilting is done, carefully remove paper.|
|Cool, huh? And you are done!|
|What do you think?|