Saturday 7 August 2021



First up you need to decide what size you want your placemat.
Mine was 11.75” * 14.25”

Cut a piece of backing and batting an inch bigger than required.
Layout your pieces you want for the top. You need to cover most of the left hand side, a zip, a piece for the right edge and a 8” strip for the cutlery pocket.

Now to start sewing. I’m not too good at explaining the steps so hopefully you can work it out with the pictures.
You need to lay the pocket piece right sides up with it folded so the side edges meet in the centre. The right fold should overhang the batting a little. Quilt a few lines through all layers to hold it in place.. about 3”. 

Start attaching one side of the zip. The left side.

Finish attaching the zip and sew the outer fabric, zip and pocket lining. This will form a tube where some of the pocket is secured to the batting. Top stitch the fabric either side of the zip. Yes, this is tricky.

Give it a good press. Top stitch the right hand side in place catching the top strip, pocket piece batting and backing. Trim the excess.

On the left hand side of placemat (photo is upside down) continue adding your strips sewing the seams through all your layers. QAYG. Press. Continue until the whole piece is covered.

Press, press, press. Before trimming stitch over the zip on top & bottom so it doesn’t pull apart. Now you can trim to square and neaten to the size required.

Bind and you are all done. 

You can use any orphan blocks, a solid piece of fabric or selvedges like I did.

Have fun.

Have a look at other table covers, mats, runners have been made.

I’m linking with FNWF


Karen's Korner said...

Thank you for the instructions. Great idea and one added to the to do list.

Maria said...

Thanks for the tutorial Jo, like Karen will at to my list……

Janice said...

Thanks for the little tutorial. They are a great idea.

kiwikid said...

Thank for the tutorial Jo, also added to the to do list

jacaranda said...

Great instructions, these would be fabulous to keep in a picnic basket. Thanks Jo.

Cheryll said...

Great idea for picnics... good job xox

The Joyful Quilter said...

Thank you SEW much for writing up a tutorial for your zippered placemat!! I am pleased to be able to share it with participants in the August 2021 TABLE SCRAPS Challenge. I'm looking forward to giving it a try (once my new studio is up and running!)

Chookyblue...... said...

Great idea to have your own cutlery and looks like an easy project to make.
You have a big spam comment on this post..... said...

How cool is this placemat with the zipper for silverware. Genius! Thanks for sharing your process!

Susie H said...

Thank you for the step-by-step instructions. Perfect way to be ready for a picnic! So transportable!

Jane said...

What a handy dandy placemat. Thanks for the tutorial. Jane