How to Make Gingham Placemats
Hello WeAllSew readers,
It’s Minki Kim, and you can find me at Instagram @zeriano and MinkiKim.com. I also design fabric for Riley Blake Designs and I have my own line of sewing patterns. Do you like ginghams like me? You can create your own gingham pattern with only three or four contrasting print strips. Here are the examples of combinations and how I made them.
I hope you enjoy!
I have made 5 placemats for everybody in my family and I am willing to make more for guests. It’s such a quick and fun project and a good way to use up your left-over strips!
Materials to Make a Gingham Placemat
Finished size is approximately 13 1/2″ wide x 10 1/2″ tall. I used my Someday fabric collection for Riley Blake Designs.
- 1 Accent strip: 2″ x WOF
- 2 coordinating strips: 2” x WOF
- 1 light color strip: 2” x WOF
- Backing fabric: fat quarter
- fusible interfacing: fat quarter
- rotary cutter
- cutting mat
- Backing fabric: 14” x 11”
- Fusible interfacing: 13 1/2” x 10 1/2”
Note: All seam allowances are 1/4″ unless otherwise noted.
Prepare the strips
1. To make a strip set A, pair one light color strip and one coordinating strip with right sides facing and raw edges aligned. Machine stitch with 1/4” seam. To press seam to one side, begin by pressing strips flat to set stitching.
2. Fold top fabric strip back, revealing right side of seam and strip set. Gently, press seam open on right side with seam allowances to light color side. Strip set should be straight, without any distortion along outside edges. Press from the wrong side to help set seams. Add third strip and press as said above. Join strips in pairs and then sew pairs together. Sew a total of 7 strips together.
3. Sew accent strip and the remain coordinating strip together. Repeat step 1 – 2 for strip set B. Press seams to accent color side.
4. Aligning horizontal lines on a ruler with long edge and seam lines of strip set, trim the uneven end of strip set. Keeping horizontal lines on ruler aligned with a strip set, cut 2” width segments.
*In this picture, I sew 3 strips first and then sew the remain strip sets.
5. Arrange strip set A and strips B as below. Make sure the seams are pressed in the opposite direction.
6. Join them together, aligning raw edges, press the seams as below. Trim the excess. It should measure 14” x 11”.
7. Fuse interfacing on the wrong side of the backing fabric. Right sides facing, sew backing together with placemat front, leaving a gap for turning right side out.
8. Turn right side out through the gap, and hand stitch the gap closed. Press in shape. Topstitch twice spacing 1/8” apart along outer edge.
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