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Make It Tonight: Place Mat

Fabrics: Mixed Bag collection by Studio M for Moda Fabrics

 

Here’s a place mat that’s so easy you’ll be eager to sew a set of four! This quilt-as-you-go project means that when the top is done, so is the quilting! Add binding and you’ve completed a pretty place mat! This project is courtesy of our sewing blog, howtosew.com. Visit daily for new sewing projects and easy home decor.

 

Want to see it? Watch the video for our quilt-as-you-go place mat here.

 

Materials for one place mat:

  • 18×21″ piece (fat quarter) print for place mat backing
  • 9 assorted print 2-1/2×14″ strips for place mat top
  • 1/4 yard dot or print for place mat binding
  • 14×20″ piece thin quilt batting
  • Quilt basting spray (optional)
  • Water-soluble marking pen

 

Finished place mat: 18×12″

Sew this project with 1/4″ seams. Sew with right sides together unless otherwise stated.

Yardages and cutting instructions are based on 42″ of usable fabric width.

 

Cut the Fabrics:

From backing fabric, cut:

  • 1—14×20″ rectangle

From binding fabric, cut:

  • 2—2-1/2×42″ strips

 

 

Assemble (and Quilt) the Place Mat:

1. Lay backing fabric rectangle on work surface with right side down.

 

2. Place thin quilt batting piece on top. (If desired, use quilt-basting spray to secure the layers together.)

 

3. Using a water-soluble marking pen, mark a line 2-1/2″ from left short edge.

 

4. Align a print 2-1/2×14″ strip, right side up, between the left short edge and the drawn line.

 


5. Place a second print 2-1/2×14″ strip, right side down, atop the first strip.

 


6. Sew together along one edge through all layers.
TIP: Use a walking foot attachment on your machine during the construction to avoid puckers on the placemat front and back. With a walking foot, all layers of fabric move through machine at the same speed.

 


7. Finger-press the top strip open.
8. Continue adding assorted print strips in same manner, one at a time, finger pressing each open, until all nine strips have been added.


9. Finger-press ninth strip open. Press unit flat.

10. Centering strips, trim unit to make an 18×12″ place mat top.

 

11. Machine baste around outer edges of place mat top about 1/8″ from cut edges.

 

12. To bind and finish the edges of place mat use 2-1/2×42″ binding strips.

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We Heart It, It’s Free

Once a month, we highlight our favorite free quilt and sewing patterns around the web!

 

 

 

Summer Sand and Stars Quilt by Tops to Treasure for Moda Bake Shop

If you love stars, this quilt is perfect for you! Ranging in size, these stars are great for using scraps and showcasing your fave fabrics.

Click here to get the free pattern.

 

 

 

Rag Quilt by Fleece Fun for Shannon Fabrics

Use Cuddle precuts in an adorable and quick-to-make quilt that any child would love to snuggle up with!

Click here to get the free pattern.

 

 

Mesa Verde by Julia Gray for Fabri-Quilt

Southwestern prints and stunning blocks make this quilt standout.

Click here to get the free pattern.

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Perfect Your Skills: Two-Color Binding

Each month, learn a fun trick or tip to make your quilting easier and more polished! This month, learn to make a two-color binding for a quilt that looks just as pretty on the front as it does on the back!

 

French Braid designer Becky Cogan in American Patchwork & Quilting April 2013

 

To make two-color binding that finishes a scant 3/8″ wide, complete the following steps:

From binding fabric that will show on quilt front, cut:

  • 7/8″-wide binding strips in number and length specified in your pattern

From binding fabric that will show on quilt back, cut:

  • 1-5/8″-wide binding strips in number and length specified in your pattern

 

1. Sew together 7/8″-wide strips with diagonal seams to make one continuous front binding strip. In same manner, join 1-5/8″-wide strips to make one continuous back binding strip.

2. With right sides together, join front and back binding strips on a pair of long edges with scant 1/4″ seam to make a pieced binding strip. Press seam toward darker print.

3. Fold pieced binding strip in half lengthwise with wrong side inside. Sew pieced binding strip to quilt, placing front binding against quilt front.

 

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Make It Tonight: Shower Curtain

Fabrics: Jack and Jenny collection by Laurie Wisbrun for Robert Kaufman Fabrics

 

A shower curtain is easier than you think! Choose your favorite fabric and turn it into a one-of-a-kind shower curtain to match your decor! This project is courtesy of our sewing blog, howtosew.com. Visit daily for new sewing projects and easy home decor.

 

Materials:

  • 4-5/8 yards donkey print for the curtain
  • One package curtain rings with attached hanger clips
  • Purchased waterproof shower curtain liner

 

Finished curtain: 72″ square

 

Yardages and cutting instructions are based on 42″ of usable fabric width.

Measurements include 1/4″ seam allowances. Sew with right sides together unless otherwise stated.

 

Cut Fabrics:

From the donkey print, cut:

  • 2—39-1/2×81″ rectangles

 

Assemble the Shower Curtain:

1. Using a 1/2″ seam allowance and with right sides together, sew the rectangles along a pair of long edges to make a 77×81″ pieced rectangle. Zigzag-stitch the seam allowances to prevent fraying. Press the seam in one direction.

shower curtain

 

 

2. With wrong side inside, fold a long edge over 1-1/2″; press.

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3. Fold the same long edge over another 1-1/2″; press again.

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4. Topstitch (sew a straight line) along the first folded edge to hem.

shower curtain

 

5. Repeat steps 2, 3, and 4 on the remaining long edge and the top edge of the pieced rectangle.

6. With wrong side inside, fold bottom edge over 3″; press. Fold same edge over another 3″; press again. Topstitch just inside the first folded edge to hem as you did before.

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7. Reinforce top and bottom corners by stitching an X in each corner to complete your shower curtain.

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shower curtain

 

8. To hang your shower curtain, slide curtain rings on shower rod and clip curtain and waterproof liner together.

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We Heart It, It’s Free

Once a month, we highlight our favorite free quilt and sewing patterns around the web!

 

 

 

Tonga Cabana Tassel Table Runner by Janaé King for Timeless Treasures

It uses precuts, it’s scrappy, and reminds us of the beach. Do we need any more excuses to make this beautiful table runner?

Click here to get the free pattern.

 

 

Poolside Pillows by Coats & Clark

This is a great intro to outdoor fabric and outdoor thread! Plus, these pillows are a perfect way to add pops of color to your deck, outdoor playtime, and the beach!

Click here to get the free pattern.

 

Ultimate Summer Hexie Coasters by CraftyPod for Robert Kaufman Fabrics

We’re pretty much obsessed with both solids and hexagons in the office! So you can bet these fresh and fun coasters are on our to-do list for summer!

Click here to get the free pattern.

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