Saturday, July 14, 2012

Quilted Chevron Placemats

One of The How-To Gal's most popular posts (to this day) is my Easy Placemats Tutorial from 2009 when I first started blogging.

Since that time I have used those placemats countless times and LOVED having them. Well, time has passed, my tastes have changed and so has my dinnerware. I decided it was time for a placemat update and I'm going to combine several tutorials to show you how I made my new, quilted chevron placemats:

 What you need: 
  • 1 1/2 yards of zigzag fabric and 1 1/2 yards of backing fabric. The number of placemats you get out of 1 1/2 yards depends on the size of placemat you want. I cut my pieces 16" x 18" and was able to get six placemats.
  • Rotary Cutter/fabric cutting board 
  • Sewing machine 
  • Pins 
  • Iron
  • Patience 
Step One: 
Measure your place setting vertically and horizontally. Add about an inch to each end for seam allowances.

My pieces turned out to be 16" tall and 18" wide.

Step Two:
After all of your pieces are cut, lay right sides together and pin.

 Step Three:
Sew up the sides, leaving a small opening in the middle of one side.

 Step Four:
Pull the placemat through the hole you left, revealing the right sides.

Step Five:
Iron your seams flat. Make sure to pay special attention to the opening - keep the edges folded in and press flat. A top stitch will close the hole up later.

Step Six:
To get the quilted chevron look, sew along the top edges of your zig zags.

Remember how I crazily did this for my baby boy's chevron chenille blanket?? Well, I learned my lesson and this time I only sewed every other zigzag.

Step Seven: Top stitch around the edges of the placemat to secure the zigzag stitches and to sew up the last side.

Aren't they gorgeous?? I don't care if the chevron pattern is a fad...I love it and won't be giving it up any time soon.

1 comment:

  1. Just wish I knew how to sew...but your placemats are lovely and I don't think that the chevron pattern is a fad It's been around for sometime.


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