Hi, everyone! Today we are back talking holiday entertaining. Could your table use a festive makeover? Greet your guests with these quilted placemats and sparkle napkins for a perfect holiday dinner or gift them to a special someone.
Here are the materials you’re going to need:
One package of Annie’s Soft and Stable
1 1/4 Yard Manchester Cotton Woven in Crimson (makes two placemats)
To make your placemat, you’ll need to cut two pieces of the fabric at 14″x18″ and one piece of the Soft and Stable to the same measurement. Layer them together so that their edges are aligned like this:
MARK AND PIN
Put 4-5 safety pins around to secure the layers together. Using the 45-degree markings on your cutting mat, align your placemat so that you can mark lines. You will use your clear ruler to line up with the markings and using your Hera marker, put a crease mark on the line. It will look like this:
I put creasemarks every two inches apart and then went to the sewing machine.
Starting with the middle line, and using a larger stitch length (3.0) and coordinating thread, quilt along your marked lines.
After you have quilted on all the lines in that direction, go back to the cutting mat and mark lines going the other direction in order to make a quilted grid.
Now you’re ready to make some binding and add it to the placemat. Cut two strips along the width of the fabric, 2″wide. Stitch them end to end, along the 2″ to make one long strip which should measure 2″ x 84″ (approx.)
Fold the strip lengthwise so that it is now one inch and align the cut edge of the binding strip with the edge of the placemat. It should look like this:
Stitch the binding to the placemat using a 1/4″ seam allowance and stop at 1/4″ before you get to the corner. cut your thread, rotate your placemat counter clockwise and fold your binding up at 45 degrees. It will look like this:
Then, fold the binding back down on itself and it should look like this:
Your binding should be lined up with the next side of the placemat. Stitch starting at the very top and when you get to the next corner, repeat these steps until you come back to where your binding began. To join your binding strips, open the bottom strip and fold it back on itself at 45 degrees. Lay the other end of the binding on top, and then close the other binding strip over it. All cut edges should be aligned with the edge of the placemat at this point and you can finish the last few inches of binding now.
See how tidy that binding will look when it’s finished? All pretty. Now, you can take the placemat and bring the binding around to the other side with your fingers and then pin in place. Top stitch in place carefully.
Now you have one perfectly quilted and bound placemat. Go ahead and make another one! Then we can make some napkins.
For one sparkle napkin, you’ll need:
Two pieces of Manchester Cotton Woven in Crimson cut 14″ x 17.5″
Two pieces of Essex Yarn Dyed in Fog cut 4.5″ x 17.5″
Stitch one metallic piece to the crimson piece along their 17.5″ lengths, right sides together. You’ve made one side of the napkin. Do that again for the other side. Take both sides of your napkin, and with right sides together, and aligning the metallic fabrics at the seams wtih a pin, stitch them together using a 1/4″ seam.
Leave about a 5″ opening in the crimson fabric so that you can turn the napkin right side out. Helpful tip: when leaving an opening for turning something, stich the opening with a 90 degree stitch line. Your stitches won’t pop out and you’ll be left with the exact measurement and place to press your napkin. Should look like this:
Once the napkin is turned right side out, you can edge stitch to close the opening and to give the napkin a professional finish.
These can be made in an afternoon or two. We hope you enjoyed this tutorial!
Happy holidays from all of us at Harts!