Decorative Fabric Placemats

Created By:

Carol Cruise of Carol's Zoo

Skill Level: Beginner

"Every year, hundreds of thousands of yards of discontinued decorative fabric are thrown away. I belong to a group called FabMo. We collect the fabric from the decorators, sort it and have selection days where people can come get the fabric and repurpose it by keeping it out of the landfill. Often, the fabric comes bound in a book and is assembled by coordinating colors. The fabrics I collected are perfect for the placemats." - Carol Cruise

Janome Supplies Required
  • Any Janome sewing machine with built-in Decorative Stitches. (I used the Memory Craft 12000.)
  • Satin Stitch F Foot
  • Janome Embroidery Thread
  • Janome Bobbin Thread
  • 5  Blue Tip Needle 75/11

*Size of each placemat is 12"x18" (Click here to see the image.)


Fabric and Notions Required

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  • Coordinated decorator fabrics. I selected from 10 pieces that measured 7"x10" and I had enough fabric for two placemats. Choose fabrics that are medium to light weight, but with some body to them. Test wash a piece because many of these fabrics will hand wash well.
  • 3/4 yards of fabric for backing and binding. This should back and bind two placemats.
  • 1/2 yard of Sulky® Fuse'n Stitch stabilizer
  • Sharp pair of pinking shears

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  1. Cut a piece of plain 12"x18" paper. Use this as a guide to place your pieces. Start in one corner and lay out some interesting shapes. Cut the fabric with pinking shears to lessen raveling.
  2. Start stitching pieces together in a random pattern and press each seam open. Try not to have more than two seams intersect so as to lessen bulk. Keep adding random pieces as in a crazy quilt pattern until you fill the 12"x18" space. Carefully steam press the entire piece. 
  3. Cut the stabilizer 12"x18" and carefully fuse to the back of the piece, following manufacturer's instructions. 
  4. Cut the entire piece of 12"x18" with pinking shears. 

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  1. Choose the decorative stitches you'd like to use. I used Decorative stitches 50, 51, 55 and 90 and Quilt stitches 50, 51 and 66.
  2. Choose your Janome embroidery thread colors, keeping in mind that you want to select colors that show but don't shout! Attach Satin Stitch F Foot and test stitches on some scrap pieces before stitching. 
  3. Stitch your decorative stitches on the seams. Be sure to lock the stitch; however it won't lock if the design has not finished its cycle. In that case, tie off the threads on the backside.
  4. Press the placemat again.
  5. Cut the back lining 12"x18" and baste to back.

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  1. Cut the binding in 4" wide strips. Since this is a beginner project, you won't "mitre" the corners, they will be squared off. Attach the A Foot for regular stitching. With the right sides together, stitch one side of the binding to the front of the placemat. Repeat for the opposite side and press seams away from the placemat. Press down the seam allowance on the binding, fold in half towards the back and press in place. Grade and trim seam allowances to lessen thickness and carefully hand stitch the binding.
  2. Cut the binding for remaining two sides about 1" longer at each end and pin the binding in place. At each end, fold the extra binding to the inside and pin, making sure the edges line up on the right side. Stitch and press seams away from the placemat. Press down the seam allowance on binding, fold in half towards the back and press in place. Grade and trim seam allowances to lessen thickness. Finish hand stiching these two bindings
  3. Carefully press the placemat.

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Everyone is Talking about Decorative Fabric Placemats

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

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Saturday, December 17, 2016

I like the concept, but the directions are "sloppy." Nowhere in the supply list does it mention the felt or the batting (how much?). Also, I would never use a high loft batting in a placemat, or a table runner, as I think that it would be too unstable for a glass. The next time I make these, I will cut out the batting (I use flannel) and spray baste it to the wrong side of the Dresden plate before I put the Dresden plate on the felt to cut out. I have not yet washed the finished placemat, and am hoping that the single layer of felt does not curl up, or become distorted after washing/drying.
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I made this today but your cutting directions need to be changed. You only need 4 of color 1 and color 3 4.5 squares for the triangles. Also the inner border, you only need 2 cuts as WOF is long enough to cut each in half to fit the sides.
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