How to Create Thanksgiving Placemats

Hello, everyone! Kymona is here to show you how to sew and embroider “Give Thanks” placemats for your Thanksgiving celebration.

Thanksgiving is a couple of weeks away, and the world has opened back up enough for us to break bread with our family and friends this year. Decorating the table is a big part of this holiday, so why not have your placemats say what you want to say to all of your guests?!

Let me show you a set of “Give Thanks” placemats!

How to Sew and Embroider Give Thanks Placemats:Finished Product

Beautiful right?! Let’s make a set of “Give Thanks” placemats!

How to Sew and Embroider Give Thanks Placemats:Finished Product

Materials to Create Thanksgiving Placemats

How to Sew and Embroider Give Thanks Placemats: Materials

Instructions to Create Thanksgiving Placemats

Step 1: Cut the Fabric

  • Cut four pieces of auburn and brown linen 14 inches x 20 inches.
  • Cut four pieces of the fusible woven stabilizer to 14 inches x 20 inches.

Step 2: Prepare the Fabric

Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and iron on the four pieces of fusible woven stabilizer to the four pieces of auburn linen.

Step 3: Prepare the Embroidery Hoop

Using the Mega Embroidery Hoop, hoop the linen with the fusible woven stabilizer and a piece of cut-away stabilizer. This design will appear on the right lower quadrant of the placemat, so hoop the fabric close to the bottom right.

Step 4: Create the Design

  • Click on the toolbox labeled Digitize.
  • The object properties box will open up the lettering tab.
  • Type the sentiment you want to embroider. For this project, we’re using “Give Thanks.”
  • Select the font that you want to use.
  • Click “OK” to close the window.
  • Resize the image so that it is big enough on the placemat.

Step 5: Export the Design

  • Click on file.
  • Then export the machine file.
  • Choose the USB designation.
  • Name the design and press save.

Step 6: Stitch Out the “Give Thanks” Design

  • Attach the embroidery module to the machine.
  • Lower the feed dogs.
  • Attach the USB stick to the machine.
  • Select the USB icon and select your design.

Step 7: Stitch Out the Design

  • Attach the embroidery module to the machine.
  • Lower the feed dogs.
  • Attach the USB stick to the machine.
  • Select the USB icon and select your design.
  • Change the hoop size, and thread the machine with black thread.
  • Attach the hoop to the machine.
  • Do check to make sure the needle will not hit the right side of the hoop.
  • If everything looks good, press start.

Step 8: Unhoop and Cut

Once the design finishes stitching out, unhoop the fabric.

How to Sew and Embroider Give Thanks Placemats: Unhoop and Cut

Cutaway the excess stabilizer.

How to Sew and Embroider Give Thanks Placemats: Unhoop and Cut

How to Sew and Embroider Give Thanks Placemats: Unhoop and Cut

Step 9: Prepare the Placemat for Stitching

  • Place the embroidered fabric right sides up.
  • Place the brown linen right side down on top of the embroidered fabric.
  • Pin both pieces together.

Step 10: Stitch the Placemat

Stitch around the placemat using a 1/4 inch seam allowance, leaving a 3-inch hole for turning. I used my bernette 77 for this step.

How to Sew and Embroider Give Thanks Placemats: Topstitch the placemat

Trim the excess fabric and clip the corners.

How to Sew and Embroider Give Thanks Placemats: Stitch the placemat

Turn inside out.

Step 11: Top Stitch the Placemat

To close the opening, add two topstitch lines about 1/4 apart from each other.

How to Sew and Embroider Give Thanks Placemats: Topstitch the placemat

Now repeat for the remaining three placemats.

Guess what; they are reversible!

How to Sew and Embroider Give Thanks Placemats:Finished Product

You can use them on the opposite side during the rest of the year.

How to Sew and Embroider Give Thanks Placemats:Finished Product

These are an excellent addition to your Thanksgiving dinner table.

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