Posts Tagged ‘quilted gifts’

Matthew 5:8

In part one of this tutorial, I began showing you how to construct a set of quilted placemats.  We have completed the quilting of our little placemat sandwiches and will now turn to the finishing touch, which is the binding.

First, connect two 40” cut binding strips as demonstrated in my previous binding tutorial.   Do this for each of the placemats, which means you will end up with four (4) binding sections measuring approximately 80” each.

Next, take each binding section to the iron board and fold them wrong sides together (in half) as you press them.  This creates a double-fold binding.

Create Double-Fold Binding

At the beginning of the binding application, leave a long loose tail of about 7-8 inches as shown.  Begin sewing the binding three-quarters of the way down one side.  This leaves plenty of maneuvering room when the tails meet.

Leave a Loose Binding Tail

Sew the binding around the placemat and stop a little beyond your last curved corner.  Notice how much space is left between each binding tail.

Stop Sewing After Final Corner

Overlap your two binding tails as shown.  Since my binding was cut 2” wide, I will overlap the tails by 2”.  If my binding had been cut 3” wide, I would overlap the tails by 3”.

Formula:  width of cut binding = measurement of overlap

Measure Overlap

Mark the 2” overlap on one tail and cut off excess.  I like my overlap to be snug since I don’t want any fullness in my binding when I continue attaching it later.

Mark and Trim Overlap

Now unfold each end of the binding and form a right angle as shown, placing right sides together.

Form a Right Angle With Binding Ends

Draw a diagonal line from one corner to the other.  Pin and sew on the line.  Trim the excess seam allowance down to a quarter inch and finger press open.

Trim Seam Allowance

Fold the binding back together and finish sewing it to the placemat.

Finish Sewing Binding to Placemat

Fill a bobbin with fusible thread and set you machine at 3.0mm stitch length and 3.5 mm stitch width.  Zig-zag stitch around the seam allowance of your binding.

Zig-Zag Stitch with Fusible Thread in Bobbin

Roll the binding edge to the back side of the placemats and steam press in place, using a cotton setting on your iron.

Steam Press Binding to Back Side

Pressing Complete

Top stitch around the finished binding, using a 3.0 mm stitch length.  You should now have four beautiful placemats ready to grace the table of a cherished family member, friend, or neighbor.

I want to thank Judy for demonstrating this method of binding at a recent Piecemakers4Life meeting.



Read Full Post »

Acts 20:35

I love making gifts with my own two hands especially when I can include a personal touch, such as the receiver’s favorite colors or a meaningful motif.  For quilters, making placemats is no different than making a quilt.  They include the quilt sandwich, a quilting design, and binding.  In fact, placemats are great practice projects for new quilters.  You’ll have four passes at attaching binding and mastering those binding tails!

Any quilt block can be turned into placemats.  However, in this tutorial I used simple strips of red checked fabric because that was the kitchen decor of the couple for which I made these.

Completed Placemat

My placemats had a finished measurement of about 14” x 20”.  Here is how I constructed them.

First, I cut my fabric and batting as follows:

Four (4) strips of the larger center check fabric 5” x 21”
Eight (8) strips of the smaller check fabric 5” x 20”
Bias binding cut 2” wide, approximately 308”  (8 ½ yards)

Cut Placemat Strips

Cut Binding Strips

Four (4) backing rectangles, cut 17” x 22”
Four (4) batting rectangles, cut 17” x 22”  ( I like to use craft felt as batting for placemats)

Cut Backing and Batting

Place one center strip and one side strip right sides together and stitch with a quarter-inch seam allowance.  Sew the remaining side unit to the center strip.  Repeat this for all four placemat tops.  Press your seams.

Sew Top Strips with Quarter-Inch Seam

Trim your placemat tops to 14” x 20”.

Trim Placemat Tops

On a flat surface, layer your quilt sandwich in this order:  backing, batting, placemat top.  Using a temporary adhesive spray, adhere your backing and top to the batting.  Go lightly with the spray; it takes very little to do the job.

Layer Quilt Sandwich and Spray

Your placemats are now ready to mark with quilting lines.  I chose to use grid quilting and made two diagonal lines (mirror images of each other) through the center of the placemats at 45 degree angles.

First Diagonal Grid Line

Second Diagonal Grid Line

Using a walking foot, stitch your quilting lines.  Attach a seam guide to your walking foot and continue quilting the top of your placemats.  The seam guide makes this a very simple process since the bar is placed in the previous row of stitching and guides you as you sew the new line of stitching.  If you don’t have a seam guide, just continue marking your top and quilting your design.

Quilt Diagonal Lines with Walking Foot

Attach Seam Guide

With your quilting complete, it’s now time to round the corners of the placemats.  You can use any round object you like to accomplish this step.  I have circular acrylic templates that I find useful.

Circular Acrylic Template

However, you can use dinner plates, container lids, old CDs, or whatever else you have around the house.  I think I’ve used them all at one time or another.

Round Objects Make Useful Templates

Either mark the corner and cut with scissors or cut the curve with a rotary cutter.

Rounded Corners

Your placemats are now ready for the binding, which I will demonstrate in part two of this tutorial.


Read Full Post »