Two Holidays in One

by Marie on November 7, 2007

I have had my kitchen table for too long, but it is not quite time to replace it. So I needed to cover it and give it a little color. I wanted to make a fall placemat, but I also wanted to make a Christmas placemat for the next month. I decided to combine the two and make a Double-Sided Placemat. One side is for Fall and one side is for Christmas, two holidays in one.

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I bought 2 fat quarters of fabric, one has leaves for fall, the other has stars and swirls for Christmas. Then I bought red double bias tape to bind the placemat together. The red color is perfect because it matches the Fall colors and the Christmas colors. I did cut down both fabric pieces, you will need to decide how large you want yours, square or rectangle.

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Then I laid one piece down (right side down). I cut a piece of batting the size of the fabric. I laid down the batting on top of the first piece and laid down the second piece (right side up) on top of the batting. They make a little sandwich.

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Making sure it was all flat and straight, I pinned the whole thing. The placemat is so small that it wouldn’t fit onto a quilt frame to get it all straight, so I had to just keep checking the bottom piece and make sure it wasn’t bunching.

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Next, I got my red binding and sewed it around the edges. Here is a picture of how I fold each corner. I sew to the end of the edge, then take the piece off the machine. Then fold the corner over and start sewing again. Repeat this for 3 of the corners. For the last corner, I just fold the binding under and sew it to the end. This may not make sense, so try to look at the photos, or do whatever works.

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Once the piece has the binding, remove all the pins. I then tied the quilted placemat with red DMC floss thread (all 6 stands). I tried to follow a pattern with the thread, making it even all around.

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Now you are done and have a fun quilted placemat that is double-sided for 2 holidays in one. Simply flip the placemat over on December 1st.

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