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Koi Fish Quilted Table Mats

These table mats feature a fish shape, which makes them an excellent fit for any nautical or fishing themed event. They are both a practical and beautiful decoration for your home.

The embroidery designs used in this project are from the One-Color Koi Fish Set of our catalog. The designs used are for the large (5" x 7") hoop.

The finished size of each mat is about 18" x 26".

You will need

  • embroidery thread (either polyester or rayon)
  • medium-weight cut-away stabilizer,
  • light-weight iron-on stabilizer or sewing interfacing,
  • light-colored cotton fabric for the embroidered central part (about 14" x 17" for each mat),
  • fabric for the "frame", about 20" x 28" per mat,
  • fabric for the backing, about 20" x 28" per mat,
  • small amount of contrast fabric (black, green, blue) for the eye,
  • batting,
  • quilting threads to match the colors of the fabrics,
  • graphic pencil,
  • scissors,
  • all-purpose glue or scotch tape,
  • fabric glue (optional).

Sewing the Table Mats

Step One: 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 parts of the template, cut them out and glue them together to form the template. You can use paper glue or tape for this, or you can trace the parts onto a large sheet of cardstock and cut it out.

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 oval and the eye circle 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 and 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, top-stitch along the marked outer line.

Step Eight: Cut away the 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 seams. Press the seams.

Step Ten: Top-stitch 1/4" from the outer edge.


Take the piece of fabric for the embroidery and...

... insert it into the "fish frame". Do not cut out the fabric!

Print out screenshots of the designs and position them on the fabric.

Take out the fabric. Stabilize the fabric, hoop it and embroider the designs one by one on the spots you selected.

Sewing the Place Mat (continued):

Step Eleven: Now cut away the excess fabric so that the piece can be inserted into the "fish frame".

Step Twelve: Insert the central part with the stitch-out into the "frame".

Insert a piece of contrast fabric for the eye in the eye opening.

Step Thirteen: Pin all layers together.

On your sewing machine, topstitch along the inner line of the frame, 1/8" from the edge.

Step Fourteen: Quilt around the embroidery and all over the piece.

That's it! The table mat is finished!


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