Placemat for Easter

by Chrissie

Is it already Easter, again? Lucky me I bought some fabric for placemats just in time.

Freestyle Patchwork

I made the pattern as I was sewing. So kind of freestyle patchwork.

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If you want to sew those squares very quickly you can sew stripes together. After that you just cut them lenghtwise.

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I like to fix the seams with clips to get them exactly together. Don’t forget it’s easier if the seams are looking in the opposite directions when putting them together.

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Interface

I’ve chosen a light interface to put between the top and the back of my fabric. Right sides of the fabric are looking in the opposite directions.

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To fix the three layers you can use some special safety pins for quilting. Another method is to staple the layers in order to fix them. I don’t use basting spray, it get’s too sticky in my opinion.

Stitch in the ditch

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Mostly i stitch in the ditch because I like the look of it. Although with my Stitch-in-the-ditch-foot from my Janome 9400 QCP (which comes with the machine) the fabric still shifted a bit even with security pins. I will try the AccuFeed-Foot next time to check if the problem still remains.

Accurate Edges

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As I finished with quilting I cut the Layers to get even edges. After that I’ve used my serger in order to give the edges a nice and clean finish.

The border

There are of course lots of other possibilities to sew the border. Especially faster ones! But I like it the usual way as I do it with my quilts too. I cut some fabric in a 45°-angle and sew them together. The border is approx. 2.5″ wide.

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Trim the overlapping edges with your scissors and don’t forget to press the seam allowance open.

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Sewing the stripe onto the placemat

I prefer to sew the border by hand on the back. That is why the stripes are sewed onto the top of the fabric.

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Join the stripe together

To merge the stripes they have to overlap exactly the same width they have.

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So if they are 2.5″ wide, like in my example, make sure the overlap the same width before cutting (don’t get confused, the measurement here is showed in centimetres, 1″ is about 2.53 cm.)

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Preparation for sewing by hand

I like to use those clamps before sewing by hand to attach the border firmly.

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After sewing the back by hand it’s done, you’re all set!

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I wish you and your loved ones a very Happy Easter. May you find lots of  Easter eggs in your gardens.

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