Spring/Summer Placemats

I love making placemats. They are a fun easy project that doesn’t take a huge time commitment. They also are a great way to freshen up a room.

I recently made these super easy and super cute ones for my family. As a southerner, you know I love putting names on everything so added the names on these too.

Here is how I did it:

Supplies

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Sewing machine (I love my Janome 15000)
4 Fat Quarters of Kona Cotton
1 yard of backing fabric (I used a neutral from Cotton + Steel Fabric)
1 Yard of batting (I used Soft n’ White)
Binding (I used this pre-made binding, but you can certainly make your own)
Sulky Cotton threads – I used Sulky bobbin thread in my bobbin and Sulky 30 wt. Cotton Blendables in colors that matched my fabrics for the top.
Sulky KK 2000 Temporary Spray Adhesive for basting
Sulky Stick ‘n Stitch for adding the names (Water soluble sticky backed stabilizer that will rinse away after we sew)
Chalk for line placement

Cutting and prepping

Cut the batting to 15″ squares and cut the back and front fabric to 16″ or 17″ squares, whatever you are comfortable with, You will square them all up at the end.

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Use KK 2000 to spray baste the quilt sandwich together

Make quilt sandwiches and spray baste them with Sulky KK 2000

Go to your computer and type out the names you want on each mat in a font that is pretty wide. I use Google Docs and used font verdana. I was able to fit all 4 names on the page and then print on one sheet of Sulky Stick ‘n Stitch. I printed the names in grey instead of black so there is less ink to rinse away later.

How To Do It

If you are anything like me, you aren’t going to read all the words anyway so I will use as few words as possible. 🙂

Placing Name
Place the name where you want it. I put mine in the bottom right corner.
drawing guidelines
Using your chalk and a ruler, add some guidelines, beginning in the center and going out 2″ apart
chalk lines
Guidelines are 2″ apart
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I use Sulky bobbin thread in my bobbin and 30 wt Sulky Cotton Blendables on top
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Add your walking foot to your machine and begin sewing on the guidelines from the center out

Once your initial guidelines are sewn, Let’s sew the name!

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Change the foot to the open toe applique foot (I don’t know if that is the real name, it’s what I call this foot) and sew around each letter. Be sure to use the locking stitch at the beginning and end of sewing each letter.
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Here is the name finished and a few more quilting lines have been added.

Change back to the walking foot and use the edge of the walking foot to keep the lines straight and keep sewing in between the lines until you are the desired width apart. I sewed mine until there was approximately a 1/4″ between each line.

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After all the quilting is finished, run the Stick n Stitch under water to wash the stabilizer away.

Iron the placemats partially dry and square them up as much as possible. Let them air dry after ironing.

Square up the placemats and get ready for binding!

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I used premade binding for this one because it’s so cute. My stiletto and clips came in handy putting it on.

And you are done! Aren’t They sew cute….

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