Is your child interested in learning to quilt? Then “Sewing School Quilts” by Amie Petronis Plumley and Andria Lisle will inspire them to learn how.

It covers fabrics and stitches, and gives step-by-step instructions for all kinds of fun projects, including this easy personal place mat, which also would work as a wall hanging.

What you need:

  • ½ yard or fat quarter of light-colored fabric for the top
  • ¾ yard fabric for backing
  • ½ yard batting
  • Scissors
  • Fabric markers
  • Iron
  • Straight pins or sewing clips
  • Sewing machine and thread

What you do

1. Cut your top fabric to desired dimension. Our example measures 16 inches by 20 inches.

2. Use fabric markers to draw a design on top fabric.

3. Cut batting the same size as top fabric.

4. Cut the back fabric 4 inches wider and 4 inches taller than your top fabric.

5. Place bottom fabric right-side facing down on a flat surface.

6. Lay batting on top, with 2 extra inches on every side. Put the top fabric, good side facing up, on top of the batting, squaring the edges and making a sandwich.

7. Fold in the shorter sides of the backing fabric so the edges of the backing fabric and top fabric just meet. Press the folds. Do the same with the top and bottom of the backing fabric.

8. Fold just the short sides over again so the backing fabric covers the edge of the place mat top. Iron and pin or clip the folds in place.

9. Stitch down the self-binding along the sides of the place mat. Line up the sewing machine foot on the fold where the self-binding meets the top fabric.

10. Fold the top and bottom so that the backing fabric is covering the edge of the place mat. Iron and pin the folds in place.

11. Line up the pressure foot on the fold where the self-binding meets the top fabric. Stitch down the self binding along the place mat’s top and bottom borders.


This article originally appeared in the July 2019 issue of the Momaha Magazine. 

Marjie is a writer for The World-Herald’s special sections and specialty publications, including Inspired Living Omaha, Wedding Essentials and Momaha Magazine. Follow her on Twitter @mduceyOWH. Phone: 402-444-1034.

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