Free patchwork placemat pattern: DIY your Christmas table!

Create the perfect table setting with this set of sweet patchwork placemats

How to make patchwork placemats

Have the best laid Christmas table in the neighbourhood with our fun napery projects, designed and made by Lynette Anderson with help from Donna Brabant. These simple placemats look great as a matching set, or mix and match prints for a fun and eclectic Christmas table. They’re quick to sew and quilt and you get to play around with fussy cutting and appliqué to add the festive finishing touches. A top tip from Lynette is to cut your fusible web slightly larger than the detail you want to fussy cut. Iron it to the wrong side of the print before cutting out the shape.

This project was first featured in Today’s Quilter magazine, issue 15. See more from Lynette over on the Lynette Anderson Designs website

Fabric requirements

  • Cream checked tonal print – 25in x WOF
  • Red checked tonal print – 12½in x WOF
  • Feature print to fussy-cut circles for appliqué
  • Binding fabric (green spot print) – 15in x WOF
  • Batting – four (4) 14½in x 19½in pieces
  • Backing fabric (multi-star print on cream) – 1yd
  • Fusible web such as Soft Fuse or Vliesofix

Finished size

Approx. 12½in x 17½in

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You Will Need

  • Fabric (See fabric requirements)
  • Wadding
  • Fusible web
  • Basic quilting kit
  • Sewing machine

Total time:

Cutting out

Step 1

From the cream checked print cut four (4) 12½in squares.

Step 2

From the red checked print cut four (4) 6in x 12½in rectangles.

Step 3

From the binding fabric cut six (6) 2½in strips.

Step 4

From the backing fabric cut four (4) 14½in x 19½in pieces.

Making the placemats

Step 1

Using a ¼in seam, join the 6in x 12½in rectangle to the right hand side of the 12½in square (Fig 1). Repeat to make four (4) placemats.

Free patchwork placemats pattern Figure 1

Step 2

Working with the fusible web, prepare four (4) fussy-cut circles (see Technical Tip). Position one feature circle approximately 1½in up from the bottom edge of a placemat  (Fig 2). Blanket stitch in place by hand or machine.

Free patchwork placemats pattern Figure 2

Quilting and finishing

Step 1

Layer top, batting and backing together. Baste and quilt as desired. Lynette quilted a crosshatch design on the larger piece of fabric. Trim batting and backing to size.

DIY patchwork placemats

Step 2

Sew binding into one length and press wrong sides together. Then attach binding to complete placemats.

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How to make patchwork placemats