Sunday, November 9, 2014

Christmas Reversible Patchwork Pocket Placemats Tutorial

I cannot believe that I made these Christmas placemats back in June when we were still living in the townhome waiting for our new house to be finished! I made them for the super sweet and talented gals over at Fort Worth Fabric Studio for their Christmas in July series. I had wanted to make Christmas placemats ever since I started quilting and it would just get pushed to the side and then Christmas would come and go and then I would think, next year, for sure! HAHA!

I decided to wait until when Christmas was more on everyone's radar to repost again on my blog, so here it is! Enjoy!

Christmas Placemats

I designed these placemats for my 47" round kitchen table (which I since refinished because I was so embarrassed of it's condition after taking these pictures!) and made them a bit smaller than normal placemats that you get at the store. I find that the store bought placemats are too large for my table and I hated the way the corners would touch. These are just the perfect size for a plate, silverware, and a cup. If you want to test out what size you should make your placemats, I recommend getting copy paper (tape together) or the large sheet construction paper (that's what I used) to decide on a size and go from there.

Christmas Placemats
I just love these little pockets...it keeps those little hands from reaching up and stealing the silverware and use them as pirate swords (not naming any names....little relish).

You will need:
  • (2) charm packs
  • (1) yard of Moda linen
  • (1) yard print for pocket and binding
  • Brown scrap fabrics for tree trunks
  • Scrap batting measuring approximately 14 x 18"
  • Woven interfacing for appliqué (example: Shape-flex 101)
Now the fun part!
  • Cut the linen fabric into rectangles approximately 14 x 18". These will be trimmed down to 12.5 x 16.5" once they have been quilted. 
  • Choose around 6-9 charms to use as trees. Fuse your interfacing to these charms and cut your triangles. I just made my trees into various sizes using the rotary and ruler. You will also need to fuse the interfacing to the brown scraps you will use for the tree trunks. These were also cut freehanded. 
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  • For the patchwork back, cut (192) 2.5 inch squares. Since I used my charm pack, I picked out 48 and cut each into 4's. 
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  • Layout the trees and the trunks how you like on the linen side of your placemat. Remember that the linen piece was cut a bit larger than needed so dont get too close to the edge. I used a glue stick to keep my trees/trunks in place while I appliqued them. I decided to use a raw edge applique and used my triple stitch setting on my machine. I like the look of the thicker stitches. 
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  • To make the pockets, you will cut (8) 4.5 x 7.5 rectangles. Place two rectangles right sides together and sew around three of the sides leaving one short side open. Trim your corners, turn and press with the open side folded in. Make sure the folded side is on the bottom when you sew the pockets on later. Repeat 3 more times and set aside.
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  • Make the quilt sandwich using the tree/linen side as your back since it's larger. Quilt as desired!
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  • You will need  (6)  WOF (44 inch) strips for the binding. I cut mine at 2.5 inches but you can make yours thinner or wider if you like...totally your preference. Trim up the sides and add your binding using whatever binding technique that works for you :)
  • Last step is to attach the pockets! You will place these on the right side about 2" from the bottom and 2" from the right side. Make sure the open side is on the bottom, so it will be stitched closed when you sew the entire pocket down. Edge-stitch the pocket onto the mat along the two long (right and left) sides and bottom leaving the top open. Tip: Use the same color thread on the bottom that you quilted with so it blends in with the quilting.  
    Christmas Placemats
If you want to mix it up a bit, you can do ornaments instead or some other Christmassy silhouette. That's it! Enjoy!

Christmas Placemats


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Melissa

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Monday, November 3, 2014

Free Christmas Tree Skirt Pattern on Craftsy

I am so excited to put my first pattern on Craftsy (download here)! I have decided to make this a free pattern (for now) just so I can get a feel for the process, so be sure to go and download it now! It's a cute, one-page pattern with the instructions in the middle of the template, SO no wasted paper or ink! I do recommend printing on heavy cardstock.
I designed this pattern using the Creative Grids 15 Degree Ruler and you can buy one from your local quilt shop or on Amazon (click here or on picture below). It took me forever to decide on fabrics to use, but ultimately decided on fabrics that I knew would look good under my Christmas tree and in my house. I am not huge on bright reds and greens as Christmas decoration and thought this would add just enough flare for my taste. That's the beauty of this pattern, you can make it look subtle or as bold as you like. You can even do alternating reds and whites to have a peppermint look or cut your wedges from strip-pieced sections.

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Please let me know if you download the free pattern and if you make one! I would love to see it!! Have a great week!


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