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Quilted Leaf Place Mats with Lady Bug Embroidery

For this charming set of quilted table mats, we used the designs from the Ladybug Set I and Ladybug Set II. They are simple to piece, and the leaf shape is easy to achieve using our free PDF template!

Finished size is about 13 1/2" x 17 1/2"

You will need :

  • embroidery threads (according to the color card),
  • medium-weight cut-away stabilizer,
  • a lot of scraps of green fabrics,
  • batting,
  • fabric for the backing,
  • 2 packs of green bias tape (wide single fold), or enough solid green fabric to make 5 yards of bias binding,
  • quilting thread (green),
  • quilter's ruler and rotary cutter, or pencil and scissors,
  • printer and scotch tape (optional, if you're using our template).

Cutting and Assembly of the Leaves:

Note: seam allowance is 1/4", press each seam after you make it.

Cut all your scraps into strips 7 1/2" long and 18 1/2" long. The width of the strips should vary from 1" (the narrowest) to 2" (the widest). The number of strips per each leaf varies because the thickness of the strips varies, but you will need about 5-6 strips that are 18 1/2" long, and about 13-15 strips that are 7 1/2" long per each leaf.

Sew the short strips into 4 pieces about 18 1/2" long.

Lady Bug Leaf Placemat

Sew the long strips into 4 pieces about 7 1/2" wide.

Lady Bug Leaf Placemat

Sew the pieces with the short strips and long strips together in pairs.

Lady Bug Leaf Placemat


Print out the color cards and select threads according to the color cards.
Print out templates of the designs. If you do not have embroidery software to print out templates, cut the same size as the designs. The templates will help you to determine the position of the embroidery on the placemats.

Upload the Lady Bug files into your embroidery machine.

Stabilize the potion of the placemat on which you'll embroider each lady bug with medium-weight iron-on stabilizer. Hoop it, tighten the hoop.

Embroider the file. Please don't forget to cut out jump stitches after every color.

After you are finished, cut away the excess stabilizer.


Now place the backing on a flat surface (table) face down. Cover with batting. Spread your working piece over it.

Pin all three layers together with 1" pins and start quilting. We quilted arounf the embroidery and all over placemat in a free motion style.

After the quilting is finished, press the work with heavy steam.


Although it's not too difficult to make the template from scratch, using our ready-made one is much easier! Download the template file. Most computers will be able to open and print the template, which is a PDF file. If your computer cannot, you will need Adobe Reader or a similar program. The program is free to download and install.

You will also need a printer to print out the PDF template. Please note that if you download these instructions as a PDF, you will have to download the leaf template separately from this page!

Template Download (PDF file)

Print out the template twice.
Cut out the pages and connect them with a scotch tape.

Place the template over the quilted piece.

With a rotary cutter, or scissors, cut around the template.

Finish the raw edges with the bias binding.


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