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Making Merry with Janome! Christmas Ornament Placemat {tutorial}

2015 December 7

I love having a theme with a deadline to sew for, it brings out all kinds of crazy-creative in me and today’s project is no exception. I’m thrilled to be part of Making Merry with Janome today! Since Janome Canada is my sewing machine sponsor, they’ve let me borrow a beautiful Skyline S5. (Squeee!)

This Janome machine truly makes my sewing more merry all on it’s own. But this blog hop is about Making Merry by sewing at Christmas, so I decided to create a Christmas-themed table runner, since our family didn’t have one yet. Now we do and I love it! The tutorial with printable pattern pieces is included below so you can make one too.

These quilted 14″ placemats can be used for a table setting or laid out in a row as an interchangeable table runner. I prefer to use them in table runner style to save myself the mild heart attack of letting my kids eat cranberry sauce over them! Of course, you could make just one to decorate a small round side table as well. If you are a little bit adventurous, you could even turn the circle applique into a round pillow. How cute would that be?!

All of the fresh and pretty fabrics I used for this project were provided by my blog sponsor, Country Clothesline. Their uniquely curated fabric selection is full of gorgeous florals, vintage reproductions, dots and stripes. Plus you never know what else you’ll run into! Apparently I like dots, since three of the 4 fabrics in this project have them. Find them all here: Red Dot, White Dot, Grey Dot, Wintery Blue.

As usual, please feel free to use my patterns/tutorials for your personal projects and gifts and for charitable fundraising events. Please do not sell anything sewn with this pattern. If you are interested in making this item for sale, please contact me and I will set up a license for it in the shop. Thank you!

Materials:

  • 1/2 yard each of 3 pre-washed fabrics (to make 3 placemats)
  • 1/4 yard (or fat quarter) for hanger applique
  • one 14.5″ square of quilt batting per placemat
  • fusible web for applique (this one is my favorite!)
  • 1/2 yard backing fabric (enough for 3 backing pieces)
  • matching thread for applique
  • removable fabric marker
  • fusible interfacing to layer under applique if colour shows through (I used this between blue/white stripe)
  • optional: walking/even foot is desirable for quilting
  • optional: basting spray (or pin baste)
  • CLICK TO DOWNLOAD: Christmas Ornament Placemat Pattern Pieces, 5 page pdf

Printing the Pattern:

  • Download the Pattern Pieces using the link in the Materials listing. Print out all 5 pages of the pdf on letter size (8.5″ x 11″) or A4 paper. Important: Do not select “fit to page” when printing, make sure you print at the original size. Once you have printed the pages, measure the 1″ test square to ensure the pattern is the correct size.
  • Cut the pages on the outer gray lines and tape/glue the pages together, matching the letters in the gray half-circles. Once you are finished, cut out each pattern piece.

Cutting your Fabric:

  • Use the cutting layouts below to cut each pattern piece. ** Be sure to cut as indicated to leave room for the bias cut binding strips.
  • Cut 3 bias-cut binding strips to match each main ornament fabric (as shown below)
  • Cut one 14.5″ square of low loft batting per placemat
  • Cut one 14.5″ square of backing fabric per placemat
  • Cut fusible web for each stripe and hanger pattern piece you need
  • If desired, cut fusible interfacing to place between the stripe and the main ornament fabric. This helps a darker main colour not to show through a lighter stripe.

Preparing to Sew:

  • Piece the three bias strips together to make one long strip. Fold the bias strip in half lengthwise and press well. Set aside.
  • Layer your main fabrics. Place the backing right side down, layer the batting on top, layer the main ornament circle over the batting right side up. Spray baste if desired, or pin baste later on.

Sewing the Applique:

  • Place the stripe and hanger correctly on the ornament circle following the red/dashed lines on the pattern piece. Adhere the fusible web.
  • Pin baste layers together (if not spray basted earlier)
  • Use an applique/blanket stitch to stitch around both fused pieces. (Skyline S5 Stitch #37: 3.5 wide, 3.0 long, AUTO tension)

 Quilting the Placemat:

  • Mark all light grey quilting lines from the pattern piece onto the ornament and hanger, including the hanging loop. I found that my hera marker worked well – I placed the paper template over the fabric and marked each line, then traced them with a water soluble fabric marker for better visibility. You can also use dressmaker’s carbon and tracing wheel, or even cut the pattern pieces on each line and trace around them to mark each one.
  • Stitch the Quilting line on the hanger with the applique/blanket stitch.
  • Quilt all other lines with a straight quilting stitch, leaving hanging loop to the next step. (Skyline S5 Stitch #01: 4.5 wide, 3.5 long, Tension at 3)

  • Use a contrasting thread and small zig-zag to stitch hanging loop. I had some grey-tone embroidery thread on hand that I used. (Skyline S5 Stitch #11: 2.0 wide, 0.2 long, AUTO tension)

Binding the Placemat:

  • Trim excess backing and batting, following the edge of the main ornament circle.
  • Apply the bias binding as desired. I like to machine quilt my bindings and use this tutorial as a guide. ((Skyline S5 Stitch #01: 8.5 wide – brings needle to 1/4″ from edge of even foot, 3.0 long, AUTO tension)

Remove all fabric markings, press if desired, and you’re done!

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I’d love to see your project! You can share photos on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram (links below) using the  hashtags #alongforthreadride and/or #threadridinghood. Thank you!

Disclaimer: Janome Canada is my sewing machine sponsor, you can read more about why I love Janome machines from earlier this year. Country Clothesline is a blog sponsor and provided the fabrics for this project. I truly love each of their products and always give my honest opinion. Thank you for supporting this blog’s amazing sponsors.

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9 Responses leave one →
  1. Kathleen permalink
    December 7, 2015

    I love these!! Thank you for the tutorial. I’ve not seen anything like them on the internet myself.

    • December 8, 2015

      Thank you Kathleen! So glad you like them! They are adding a fun bright spot to our table for sure :)

  2. December 9, 2015

    Oh, these are so cute!! I’ve got a Craft Gossip post scheduled for later today that features your free pattern: http://sewing.craftgossip.com/?p=85740 –Anne

    • December 9, 2015

      Hooray! So glad you like them Anne! Thank you so much for the link :)

  3. mom permalink
    December 9, 2015

    Those are awesome! Your work is always so incredibly precise! Amazing and really nice!

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