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Quilted Place Mats with Spring Basket Embroidery

These easy-to-make place mats feature the patterns from the One-Color Spring Baskets Set for the large (5" x 7") hoop.

The finished size of each mat is about 15 1/2" (40 cm) square.

You will need:

  • embroidery thread (either polyester or rayon)
  • medium- to light-weight iron-on stabilizer or interfacing,
  • fabric for the central embroidered part,
  • fabric for the border and back of the mat,
  • batting,
  • graphic pencil,
  • scissors and
  • fabric glue.

Sewing the Table Mat

Step One: Although it's not too difficult to make the template from scratch, using our ready-made one is much easier! Download the file with the template. To open and print the template, which is a PDF file, you will need Adobe Reader or a similar program. The program is free to download and install.

Template Download (PDF file)

Step Two: Print out the template.

Step Three: Adhere the fabric for the top to the iron-on cut-away stabilizer or interfacing.

Lay the piece out with the stabilizer facing up. Position your template over the stabilizer and trace the template with a pencil.

Step Four: With a pair of sharp scissors, cut out the central part 1/2" from the inner line.

Cut notches into the seam allowance from the edge to the inner line.

Step Five: Fold the notched fabric back, press. Using fabric glue, adhere the notches to the stabilizer. Leave to dry.

Step Six: Position the batting on the table and cover with the fabric for the backing, face up. Cover with the working piece, face down.
Pin all the layers together.

Step Seven: On your sewing machine, topstitch along the outer line.

Step Eight: Cut away excess fabric and batting along the outer line leaving about 1/4" of seam allowance.

Then cut away the batting under the seam allowance close to the stitches.

Cut notches in the seam allowance.

Step Nine: Turn the working piece right side out and lay flat.

Take your time to straighten all of the angles and corners. Press the seams, if needed.

Step Ten: Top-stitch 1/4" (6 mm) from the outer edge.


Step Eleven: On the fabric for the central part, make the embroidery.

Step Twelve: Trim the stitch-out to a 11" x 11" square.

Step Thirteen: Insert the square with the stitch-out into the "frame". Straighten all the angles and corners.

Step Fourteen: Pin all layers together. On your sewing machine, topstitch along the inner line of the frame 1/8" from the edge.

Then quilt around the embroidery and all over the piece.

That's it! The plac e mat is finished!


Happy Stitching!

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