Paired with our new Sketch Gingham, which hits stores this month in a selection of 6 colors, these placemats are both picnic-friendly and table-ready.
Use die-cut place mats to speed up this project. Kristine has included a tutorial on easy bias binding!
½ yard cuts of 4 Snack Time fabrics (shown above)
½ yard accent fabric Sketch Gingham (Fun-C3120-Red, hitting stores this month)
4-pack of die-cut rectangular place mat 13” x 18” (we used Innovative Craft Product #4251)
From each coordinating fabric:
Cut (1) 13” x WOF strip, sub-cut into (2) 4” x 13” strips, and
(1) 13”x 14” rectangle and then set aside the remainder to be used for the place mat backing.
From Accent Fabric:
Cut (2) 1¼” x WOF strips, set remaining aside for bias binding
Press (2) 1¼” x WOF strips from Accent Fabric in half lengthwise; cut into (4) 4” strips and (4) 13” strips (Figure 1).
Fuse backing rectangle to back of each place mat, following manufacturer’s instructions (Figure 2). Trim to match place mat. Repeat.
On front of each place mat, draw a line 4” from left edge (Figure 3).
Apply 4” x 13” strip to place mat, aligning with drawn line (Figure 4). Put a different fabric on each place mat! Trim to match place mat. Repeat for all 4 place mats.
Make pocket – cut remaining 4” x 13” strips in half, so that you have (2) 4” x 6½” pockets. Place 4” folded accent strip in between the rectangles (raw edges facing out) and stitch along top, through all layers (Figure 5). Turn to right side and press. Repeat with all 4” x 13” strips.
Place Pocket over side piece as shown. Pin or glue in place. Trim to match place mat. (Figure 6).
Lay folded 1¼” x 13” accent strip over the side and pocket, raw edges together. Lay 13”x 14” rectangle over Accent strip, right sides together. Pin in place (Figure 7).
Stitch through all layers and flip to right side. Fuse to place mat (Figure 8). Trim to match place mat. Optional – quilt as desired (remember not to quilt over the pocket!).
Easy bias binding:
Remove selvages, and straighten edges.
Fold fabric over on one end so that the side edge touches the bottom edge and creates a 45° fold (Figure 9a). Press. Cut resulting triangle along the fold.
Sew triangle to the opposite side of the piece, to create a parallelogram (Figure 9b).
Cut 2½” strips along the 45° edge (Figure 9c).
Join strips as needed (Figure 9d). Fold in half lengthwise and press. Now you have flexible bias binding to accommodate the curved corners!
Bind place mats, being careful not to over-stretch the binding strips when attaching to place mat. Ease binding around curves for an extra smooth finish.
Enjoy your new placemats!