Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Fat Quarter Tutorial: Simply Striped Placemats

Simple.  
Elegant.


Fun. 
Reversible.


Fast.  
Washable.  


Materials:
  • 3 Coordinating Fat Quarters
  • 1/2 yard solid fabric
  • Matching thread


Instructions:

1.  Cut the 1/2 yard of solid fabric in widthwise so that you have two fat quarters. 
 I will refer to these as the back for the rest of the tutorial. 

Choose which of the two printed fat quarters will be your place mat, I will refer to these as the front of the place mats for this tutorial.

and which one of the fat quarters will be the stripes. 


2.  Take the fat quarter that will be the stripes.  
Cut this fat quarter widthwise into strips so that you have:

4,   2" x 18"

8,   1-1/2" x 18"





3.  Cut the 2 printed place mat fat quarters into 

2,  14" x 18" piece 
and 
2,  8" x 18" piece 

Repeat with the two backing fat quarters you created in step 1. 


4.  Cut the 8" x 18" pieces into three strips:

1,  3- 1/2" x 18"
1,  2 - 1/2" x 18"
1,  2" x 18"


5.  Sew the front place mat strips to the striped strips from top to bottom in the following order:

Striped: 1-1/2" x 18"
Placemat: 3-1/2" x 18"
Striped: 2" x 18"
Placemat: 2 -1/2" x 18"
Striped: 1-1/2" x 18"
Placemat: 2" x 18"



Repeat with the second place mat front. 


Repeat with the solid place mat backing pieces:


6.  Sew the 14" x 18" pieces from step 3 to their matching striped sections you just created in the previous step. 


7.  Put one front place mat against one of the backing place mats, right sides together. 


Sew them together along the edge with a 5/8" seam allowance.  Leaving a 2 -3" turning gap.

Trim the corners, careful not to cut the stitching, removing the bulk so that you have nice pointy corners at the end.  


8.  Going through the turning gap, pull the place mat through, turning it right side out.  Using a point turner, chopstick, or other tool that you have, push out the corners and edges.


9.  Using a 1/4" or 1/2" seam allowance, top stitch around the edge of the place mat. 
Then using a 1/2" seam allowance from the previous stitch line, top stitch around the place mat. 




Tada.  

You now have two coordinating place mats that are reversible.


I Like displaying them like this to show off the stripes and give a touch more elegance. 


 If they get dirty, you can throw them in the washer and the dryer and then press nice and crisp.   No one the wiser! 




1 comment:

Michele said...

Great idea! Thanks for sharing it!

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