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Autumn Branches Table Linen Set

This Fall-themed set is super easy to put together. It's great for your Thankgiving table, or for casual dining throughout the Fall season. It also makes a great gift.

The set uses designs from the Autumn Branches Set.

The finished size of the tabletopper is about 36" x 36"; each place mat is about 12" x 15".



You will need :

  • embroidery threads; you can either follow the JPG color card, or choose your own colors,
  • light-weight cut-away stabilizer,
  • 2 yards of medium-weight linen or cotton/linen blend fabric; this type pf fabric is usually 42"-44" wide.
  • #12 universal sewing needle,
  • sewing or quilting thread that matches the fabric,
  • rotary cutter,
  • quilter's ruler,
  • chalk pencil or disappering fabric marker,
  • iron.

Cutting:

Cut away the selvedges of the fabric, then cut a square as big as the fabric allows. Since the fabric should be about 42-44" wide, you'll get a square with 40-42" sides.

For the table mats, cut the remaining fabric to get 4 rectangles measuring 16" x 19".

Embroidery:

Fold your square in half, align all sides and corners, and lightly press to mark the midline of the square. Unfold and repeat to mark the other midline.

Now fold your square diagonally, aligning all sides and corners. Lightly press to mark the diagonal. Repeat for the second diagonal

Measure 2 1/2" from the side edges and with the ruler and chalk (or removable marker) draw lines to mark the margins. Now measure 4 1/2" from the side edges and draw another set of lines. The designs will be positioned along this second line.

Using these guidelines, embroider the corner designs first. The designs should be positioned where the 4 1/2" guidelines intersect.

For the borders use any of the linear designs from the set. Emroider the design so that it's center lies on the 4 1/2" margin and the tip is close to the midline. Embroider the design on one side of the midline, then embroider its mirror image on the other side of the midline.

For the mats, on 16" x 19" rectangles, draw 2" wide margins.

Embroider the corner design in one of the corners about 1"-1 1/2" from the margin lines.

After you are done with embroidery, neatly cut away the stabilizer.


Finishing the Edges

Press the working pieces and check that the lines marking the 2 1/2" margins of the table topper and 2" margins of the placemats are still there. If not, re-draw them.


Fold the edges 1/2" forward, and press. Take your time and work with one side at a time.


Then fold each side to the drawn margins and press again.

Unfold the edges at the corners. For the table mats, measure 2" from the corner along each side. Place marks. For the table topper, measure 3" in both directions.


Connect both marks with the ruler,

Cut away the corner. Repeat with all corners.


Fold the piece at the corner, face inwards. Align the sides and pin at the 1/2" creased line.


On your sewing machine, stitch from the corner to the pin. Seam allowance is 1/4".


Trim the corner and open the seam. Press it with your fingers.

Turn the corner right side out. Repeat with all corners.

Tuck the folded edge inside.


Press again and pin.

On your sewing machine, topstitch the edges in place very close to the folded edge.

That's it! Enjoy!




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