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Requirements:
3 coordinating fabrics for front
1 coordinating 1/2 yard for back and binding

From the focus fabric, cut a 12 1/2″ square
From one accent fabric cut a 1 1/2″ X 12 1/2″ strip

 

Tutorial_1

Create the body of the placemat (image 1)

Join the 1 1/2″ X 12 1/2″ strip to one side of the 12 1/2″ square, creating the body of the placemat (image 1).

Cut a 4 1/2″ X 12 1/2″ strip from focus fabric
Cut a 4 1/2″ X 12 1/2″ strip from second coordinating fabric

Fold and press 4 1/2″ X 12 1/2″ strip of coordinating fabric in half, wrong sides together (your piece should be 4 1/2″ X 6 1/4″.) Top stitch 1/8″ from folded edge to finish the pocket piece.

 

Tutorial_2

Attach pocket panel to body of placemat along accent strip side and stitch (image 2).

Pin 4 1/2″ X 6 1/4″ pocket piece on 4 1/2″ X 12 1/2″ strip of focus fabric, lining up bottom edges. Attach pocket panel to body of placemat along accent strip side and stitch (image 2).

The top of the placemat is finished…it should measure approximately 17 1/2″ X 12 1/2″.

 

 

 

Don't pin pocket down so the whole placemat can be quilted (image 3).

Don’t pin pocket down so the whole placemat can be quilted (image 3).

Cut 19 1/2″ X 14 1/2″ backing fabric and batting. Layer and pin in preparation for quilting…don’t pin pocket down so the whole placemat can be quilted (image 3). Quilt as desired.

 

 

 

 

 

Make sure to catch right edge of pocket in binding (image 4)

Make sure to catch right edge of pocket in binding (image 4)

Cut two 2 1/4″ X width of fabric strips for binding. Bind using your favorite binding technique, making sure the right side of the pocket is sewn down with the binding (image 4).

 

 

 

 

 

Ready for dinner!

Ready for dinner!

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