Maybe we chose this Michael Miller fabric for its name: Send in the Crowns. Maybe we were captivated by the metallic sparkle of those rows and rows of crowns in their beautiful and unique shade of platinum. Maybe we wanted a clean, cosmopolitan design to blend with our Thanksgiving Elegance table. Actually… it was all those things, and the result is our lovely tri-panel placemats. A super simple project to make, an ultra sophisticated look on your table.
The yardage shown below is based on six placemats with a finished size of 19″ wide x 13″ high.
Sewing Tools You Need
- Any Sewing Machine (we recommend the Janome Decor Computer 4030).
Fabric and Other Supplies
NOTE: The yardage shown below is based on six placemats.
- 1¼ yards of 44-45″ wide fabric for main body of placemats: we originally used Antiquity in Send in the Crowns by Michael Miller Fabrics
- 5/8 yard of 44-45″ coordinating fabric for accent panel on each placemat: we originally used Antiquity in Linen Quartrefoils by Michael Miller Fabrics
- 1¼ yards of 44-45″ fabric for placemat backs: we originally used Bella Solids in Ivory by Moda
- 1¼ yard of low-loft batting; we originally used Kyoto Bamboo Blend batting; you could also use craft fleece or heat resistant fleece
- All purpose thread
- Embroidery thread for accent stitching: we originally used rayon embroidery thread in taupe
- See-through ruler: a 6″ ruler would be best
- Fabric marker, pen or chalk
- Straight pins
- Scissors or rotary cutter and mat
- Iron and ironing board
- Hand sewing needle and thread for basting
- From the fabric for the main body of the placemats (Antiquity in Send in the Crowns in our sample), cut THREE 14″ x width of fabric (WOF) panels.
- From each 14″ x WOF panel, cut four 8″ sections, creating a total of TWELVE 8″ x 14″ rectangles.
- From the accent fabric (Antiquity in Linen Quartrefoils in our sample), cut SIX 6″ x 14″ rectangles.
- From the backing fabric (Bella Solids by Moda in Ivory in our sample), cut SIX 14″ x 20″ rectangles.
- From the fleece or batting, cut six 14″ x 20″ rectangles.
At Your Sewing Machine & Ironing Board
- To create the placemat top, with right sides together, pin an 8″ x 14″ main fabric rectangle to each side of an accent fabric 6″ x 14″ center panel.
- Sew both sides together, using a ½” seam allowance. Press the seam allowance toward the accent fabric.
- Repeat to create the other placemat tops.
- Place a 14″ x 20 piece of batting flat on your work surface. Place a finished placemat top over the batting, right side facing up. Place a 14″ x 20″ backing rectangle on top of the placemat top, right side facing down. You’ve made a little placemat sandwich: batting, top, back.
- Align the raw edges of all the layers and pin in place.
- Using a ½” seam allowance, sew around all sides of the placemat, leaving a 5″ opening at the lower edge for turning. Remember to pivot at all the corners.
- Trim all the corners at a diagonal, being careful not to cut into your seam, and turn the placemat right side out. Poke out the corners with a blunt tool, like a large knitting needle or a chopstick.
- Press well, folding in the raw edges of the opening so they are flush with sewn seam. Pin the opening edges in place.
- Re-thread your machine with topstitching thread in both the top and bobbin. We used rayon embroidery thread in a taupe color to add some shine to the stitching. You may want to lengthen your stitch for a nicer look.
- As a finishing touch, topstitch along both sides of the center accent panel close to the seams, through all layers.
- Repeat steps 4-11 to complete each placemat.
Project Design: Alicia Thommas
Sample Creation and Instructional Editing: Michele Mishler