Last year I made a beautiful table runner in Christmas fabric (pattern here).
This year I found in a box a few orphan blocks…
and I thought to make a few placemats.
The blocks were 12” x 12”; I added 7” x 12” pieces to make a rectangular piece- about 12” x 18”; I quilted and bound the pieces.
I thought to add something cute to the simple part of the placemat and here is the result!
For the pocket you have to use a 4.5” x 6.5” quilted piece (or even 5” x 6.5”, if you want a wider pocket). You can quilt only on batting and skip the backing.
You also need a backing fabric for the pocket, in the same size as the front/quilted piece.
I used the smallest design of the EVERGREEN pattern (for postcards) but you can use any quilted piece (maybe with a nice fussy cut motif from fabric).
I rounded the bottom corners of the piece.
Place the two pieces right sides together and sew following the edge of the quilted piece, leaving a gap (in one of the vertical sides) for turning the piece with the right side out.
Topstitch close to the top edge and the pockets are ready to be appliqued on the placemat.
Have you seen the other designs of the EVERGREEN pattern?
The technique used- reverse applique – allows you to sew two quilt tops at once; with one design, you will make two quilts! A craft knife and some fusible web make wonders!
Cutting out designs is so relaxing!
There are 8 designs- hard to choose a favorite one!
Change the fabric and you can make a pillow for every season!
And these are the postcards.
And here are a few other projects I am stitching for Christmas.
Pouches made SNAP POUCH PATTERN.
Pouches made with BOX POUCH pattern.
More details about the patterns below.