Do you have a stack of old T-shirts? A drawer full of vintage linens? All that fabric is ready to be turned into a quilted placemat that can’t wait on your table. Follow these simple steps and make this timeless craft part of your DIY lifestyle, too!
Step 1: Cut the fabric into 12-by-12 inch squares by rotating the material 90 degrees and cutting down both sides.
Step 2: Sew three squares together to form a triangle with three seams (1/4 inch from each edge). This will create an open space for attaching the binding.
Step 3: Fold the triangle in half and sew up lining side seam (edge closest to the quilting). The open space will allow us to sew a backing fabric.
Step 4: Fill the triangle with stuffing for more comfort and aesthetic appeal. Then, attach the binding around the outside of all three sides, sewing as close to edge as possible.
Step 5: Flip the place mat over and attach a backing fabric to the form. Sewing the backing fabric to form will give credit card slots, pens, hot pads and other useful items a place to rest.
Step 6: Use painters tape to line up all edges on the outside of each triangular placemat. Then, sew all three sides together (right sides together) using a 1/4 inch seam allowance.
Step 7: Trim edges using pinking shears. This will prevent fraying.
Step 8: Sew a decorative stitch around outside edge of each placemat using coordinating thread.
Step 9: Attach a hanger to backside of each placemat and you’re done! Hang them on the coat stand or use as place mats in your favorite room (or both!).
I hope you enjoyed learning how to create quilted place mats. It is a great beginner project and shows that quilting can be used in a variety of ways to decorate your home. If you want more inspiration in using quilting for home decor, make sure to read our article Quilt Your Way to a Beautiful Home Decor!