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More Placemats


About a year ago I was going to make a big cushion. I had strips sewn together. The pattern called for a paper-pieced design on top of those strips, but somehow I could never find the enthusiasm to get going on it.

One day I got brazen and cut the cushion square into four pieces. These would be the center of my replacement project, a set of placemats. I wanted a minimum of six placemats though, so I sewed a few more strips together and cut them in half to make two more center parts.

I added some filler strips on the sides to make a longer rectangle, and then decided on a border. Triangles in two bands, top and bottom, should add some interest. I hadn’t made triangles in squares for a while, and had to think about it.

Here they are below, right sides together. I drew a line from corner to corner and sewedΒ  a quarter inch from each side of the line, then cut along the line.

Open up and press. That gives you the squares with two triangles shown above.

I sewed the squares together in rows of eight and then sewed the triangle strips to the top and bottom of each placemat.

After putting batting and a backing on the flimsy (top), I did a bit of quilting in the center parts. Then I put binding around it, and voilΓ , a placemat made of a recycled cushion.

Don’t look too closely. It’s not perfect, but I feel good about having salvaged the remnants of one project, and used up many scraps at the same time.

Author: wordsfromanneli

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38 thoughts on “More Placemats

  1. Most folks underestimate the beauty nice placemats can bring to a dinner table.
    These look luxurious while still maintaining their handmade character πŸ™‚
    Life is Good !

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    • I’m so glad to hear this, Hans. I was beginning to wonder if anyone used them anymore. We do, all the time, but so many people eat “on the run” I thought placemats were falling out of favour. I like having several patterns on hand and change it up once in a while.


  2. Beautiful design, Anneli! Congrats on the project!


  3. I love my placemats! Even if we happen to sit in the family room to eat dinner with a TV tray to watch the hockey game, I still use my cherished placemats! Love the ones you made for me, and thanks for sharing the creative process on your blog. πŸ™‚

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  4. Those placemats are just fabulous! I love my placemats (made by Anneli) and we use them every day. When I have to wash them and wait till they are dry, the table setting looks so empty. The food tastes better if I have your placemats under the plates. I envy you for your talents!

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  5. Beautiful placemats, Anneli! They’re too pretty for someone to dribble on! πŸ™‚

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    • Haha! I often think about that when I see food drop on the placemats, but most of it is harmless stuff that washes out. I’d hate to see a big blob of grease end up on them but we rarely eat the kind of stuff that doesn’t wash out easily.

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  6. My breakfast room table is sporting “Anneli” made placemats at the moment! I also have a lovely runner to show off on special occasions.

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  7. I really like the colour and shapes. Nicely done!

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  8. Those are so pretty and creative, Anneli. The colors are wonderful. I love working with scraps of fabric. Well done. πŸ™‚

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  9. Wow! Those are terrific!

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  10. Very pretty pattern. I love the earthy colors.

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  11. Nice work! They look fabulous. πŸ™‚

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  12. Looking at it closely, I can’t find fault with your placements. Wonderfully done, and they looks so seamlessly put together πŸ™‚ The colours green, white and brown all go so well together, and there’s an earthly feel about this art you made. I take my placemats very seriously at home. They all have to be the same design so nothing looks like it’s out of place.

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  13. What an impressive project, Anneli. I like that you recycled a project, but most of all, I love your clever craftsmanship and wonderful result. Enjoyed seeing and reading about the process.

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    • Thanks, Jet. I always wanted to do quilting but for years had no idea how to do it right. I made some clumsy quilts without guidance in the early days, but once I took some classes and joined the quilting guild I had so much more help and it has been more fun than frustration ever since.

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  14. The placemats are wonderful. You are so creative.

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  15. Lovely to see that you are so creative Anneli! I have a little ‘crafty corner’ on my blog too…maybe it’s a spaniel owner’s thing!!

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