Don't be intimidated by the curves. As the name suggests, I have a sneaky little trick that will have you whipping out placemats in no time.
This tutorial has been written to compliment my free I Cheat at Curves PDF pattern. You will need to download the pattern from Payhip for this tutorial to make any sense.
|Free PDF Pattern available from Payhip|
You could use more or less fabric as needed. For example, if you want six placemats, simply cut six rectangles. You could even cut more curves for a really funky look.
Let's get started...
Stack your fabric so that the right sides are all facing up and the raw edges are aligned.
|Stack the fabric with raw edges aligned.|
|Slice easy curves, dividing the fabric into four roughly equal parts.|
|Rearrange the fabric, as detailed in the pattern.|
|Overlap the strips 1/2''. Right sides of both fabrics are facing you.|
|Pin the strips in place.|
|Glue basting is a great alternative.|
Zigzag along the raw edge. You could use any decorative stitch here. You could even just straight stitch 1/8'' from the edge and have a pretty cool raw edge effect.
|Sew along the raw edge.|
|Strips have been stitched together.|
|The first placemat top is complete. For the record, Yes, I did iron the fabric first.|
I trimmed my placemats before quilting, for no reason other than I had a brief moment of insanity and forgot I had to quilt it. It was fine though and I only had to trim it a tiny bit again after quilting to ensure it was square.
I used a gorgeous yellow Aurifil thread and quilted simple horizontal lines, using the walking foot as a guide.
|Simple straight line quilting.|