How to Make a Simple Quilted Placemat

How to Make a Simple Quilted Placemat

How to make a simple quilted placemat

I don’t really quilt but this is a super simple quilting project that any beginner sewist can create.  This simple quilted placemat is a great beginner quilting project.  It is perfect for holidays and everyday.  This placemat is completely washable and adds color to an otherwise boring table.  You can sew up these placements in no time for any holiday our season of the year.  

I used some Christmas fabric I had on hand that got from JOANN Fabric & Craft Stores but you can use any cotton fabric you like for your simple quilted placemats.  I recommend Hobby Lobby, and along with JOANN Fabric & Craft Stores as great places to purchase fabric and batting for this project.  You will need some standard quilt batting for this project as well.  This post contains affiliate links that if you click on them and make a purchase I may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.  

What you will Need: How to Make a Simple quilted placemat

  • 2 pieces of fabric 21″ x 15″ per placemat
  • 1 piece of quilt batting that measures 21″ x 15″ 
  • 2 pieces of contrasting fabric 21 1/2 ” x 3 1/2″ for the border
  • 2 pieces of contrasting fabric 14 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ for the border
What you will Need Placemat

Step 1: Cut your Fabrics

Cut your fabrics and batting in the dimensions listed above.  Take your border strips fold in half lengthwise and press.  Cut a 45° angle on each end so that when you open the ends they look like a chevron.  To do this Lay the folded side to the top.  Place your quilting ruler with the 45° angle line on the raw edge and cut.  Repeat for the other end and for the smaller strips.

Step 2: Create the placemat

Take the two pieces of 21″ x 15″ fabric and the same sized batting piece and stack them so that the batting is in the middle of the fabric pieces which are right sides out.  I used two different fabrics for my place mats but you could use the same for both sides if you like.  Pin the layers together.  Take some Taylors chalk or a frixion heat erasable pen and mark diagonal lines 1″ apart in both directions.  Stitch along those lines.  This is the quilting part of the project.  Very easy.  Trim the piece so that it measures 20″ x 14″.

Quilt the placemat

Step 3: Create the border

Take the border pieces and open them up.  Place a long border piece right sides together with one of the short border pieces and stitch along the V shape using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Stitch the long piece to the short piece and so on until you have created a frame.  Once you have finished stitching the frame clip the inside of the V up to the stitching line and refold the border.  Clip off the ears that are sticking out from the ends of the points.

Cut the miters


Place the miters right sides together
Clip the V

Step 4: Add the border

Add the border to the side of the placemat that you do not want it to be seen matching the raw edges and pin.  Stitch all the way around using a 1/4″ seam allowance.  Clip the corners and turn the border to the other side.  Press well.  Top stitch along the inner edge of the border.  You have now finished your super simple quilted placemat.   

Add the border
Turn the border to the other side
How to Make a Simple quilted placemat
Stitch the inner border.



How to Make a Simple Quilted Placemat
Finished Placemat

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