12/31 | How to Make a Quilted Placemat

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Hey everyone- today is a big day and I am so glad that you are here for it. I have been wanting to learn how to quilt for a while now and I even cut all the pieces for one but got intimidated and never finished. I decided to start smaller and use the help of my handy dandy Cricut Maker. Let me show you how easy it was!

Here is what you will need to make your own:

  • Cricut Maker
  • Cricut Fabric Mat
  • Cricut Washable Fabric Marker
  • 1/3 yard of 4 different patterns of fabric for the front
  • 1/2 yard of fabric for the back
  • Fusible Felt
  • Scissors
  • Sewing Clips
  • Thread
  • Sewing Machine
  • Iron

Step One: Follow the directions in Cricut design space to cut out the different shapes for the front of the geometric quilted placemat. Also, cut the fabric for the back and the fusible fleece to 14.25 by 21.25 inches.

Step Two: Paying attention to the photo in the design space tutorial, arrange the fabric shapes into the 3 groups. Be sure that the fabric is all right side down. The Cricut Maker is really amazing and draws all of the sewing lines for you! So all you have to do place the pieces right sides together and clip them together along the edges that meet up and sew along the line that the Cricut Maker drew.

Step Three: Repeat the process from step two to all three of the sections. They will fit together like the photo above to create a rectangle when sewn together. I really wish that each section had a number drawn on it like some of the other patterns do because it is a little bit of a puzzle trying to figure out which piece goes where, but you’ll know when it is right! It is actually kind of fun to play and figure it out!

Step Four: Press the seams towards the darker fabric using an iron. This makes the finished product look more professional because it will be less bulky and you won’t see dark fabric through light fabric.

Step Five: Then sew the three different sections together.
Step Six: Press the seams towards the darker fabric again after.

Step Seven: Then iron the fusible fleece onto the wrong side of the backing fabric.

Step Eight: Place the backing (that now has the fusible fleece attached) right sides together with the quilted front. Sew them together with a quarter inch seam allowance all the way around but leave about a 3 inch gap.

Step Nine: Then flip the placemat right side out using the small hole. The final step is a topstitch! You’ll want to stitch all the way around the placemat with about a 1/8 inch seam allowance. This will also take care of closing up the hole from step eight.

I am so happy with how it turned out and can’t wait to make the rest of the set to use on my dining room table next year! I think I am ready for the full-on quilt now! But I’ll definitely be using a pattern that’s in Cricut Design Space because having it cut all of the pieces and draw the sewing lines really helped me keep my sanity during this project! I can’t wait to see your placemats and see what fabrics you decide to use!