What you will need
|Don't you love my purple cutting mat! I know I do!|
2.5" strips of fabric at least 19" long (6 per placemat)
12.5" x 18" Fusible Fleece (Cotton Batting would also work)
12.5" x 18" fabric for backing
Fabric for binding (I used 2 strips, 2" x WOF)
Let me start by saying I decided to use the fusible fleece because it's easy! I'm all about saving time. Cotton batting would also work but would require pinning the fabric strips in place. I HATE pinning so I went for easy and used the fusible fleece!
First, lay the fusible fleece with the fusible side up. Seems silly to point this out but I have first hand knowledge that this is a VERY important step. Otherwise, you will have to start over after you have your strips laid out and positioned. Ask me how I know!
Start laying the strips of fabric on the fleece. The first strip will line up with the top of the fleece. Each subsequent strip will overlap the previous strip by 1/2." I used the grid on my cutting mat to help me line up my strips.
|The dark strip is strip #1. Strip #2, the green strip, overlaps strip #1 by 1/2"|
|Strip #3, the blue strip, overlaps strip #2 by 1/2"|
|All 6 strips placed on the fleece|
Flip it over and trim off the excess strips on both sides.
|My little piles of scraps after trimming|
I also trimmed 1/2" off the last strip I added. I wanted all my strips to be about the same width and that last one was a little bigger than the rest.
Now it's time to stitch those strips in place for good. Topstitch each strip 1/4" from the edge.
|All strips are top stitched now! Almost done...|
Put the placemat face down and lay the backing on top.
Pin in place
|All 4 sides are pinned...this is a close up of one corner|
Finally, make your binding, pin it on, and sew, sew, sew...
I also made one and added a little flower for fun! I just used steam a seam to adhere the flower and then sewed a button in the center. I added the flower before I attached the backing.
|Close up...so cute!|
Please note...this method leaves raw edges on the strips and flower. I really like the additional texture it adds to the placemat.
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