Hello, Svetlana Sotak of s.o.t.a.k handmade here.
I’m excited to be part of the Patchwork Summer Series and share a tutorial for a super quick, totally adorable as well as practical house placemat (inspired by this placemat).
Fun, isn’t it? I especially like the handy silverware pocket.
Finished Size: about 13.5″ tall x 14.5″ wide
Seam Allowance: use 1/4″ seam allowance unless otherwise stated
9″ x 16″ rectangle of cotton/ linen fabric for the house (fabric A)
5″ x 16″ rectangle of cotton/ linen fabric for the roof (fabric B)
two 3.5″ x 5″ rectangles of cotton/ linen fabric for the door
13.5″ x 16″ rectangle of cotton/ linen fabric for the backing
paper template for the roof (print by clicking here)
Ready to make your own house placemat? Let’s start, shall we?
1. place fabric B on top of fabric A right sides together, pin and stitch along the 16″ side. Press the seam towards the fabric A. Topstitch using 1/8″ seam allowance.
2. place the two 3.5″ x 5″ “door” rectangles right sides together, stitch along the three sides leaving the bottom 3.5″ side open. Clip the corners, turn right side out and press.
3. position the finished door 2.5″ from the right side of the main house panel (bottom raw edge is even with the bottom edge of the panel).
4. pin the door in place and stitch along the two longer sides, make sure to backstitch at the beginning and end.
5. place the backing fabric right side up, put the finished placemat top from the previous step on top, right sides together. Pin all the way around.
6. use fabric marker to trace the roof template to the wrong side of the placemat top (line up roof template bottom with the seam where fabric A and fabric B from step 1 meet). Stitch along the roof outline, use 1/4″ seam allowance along the sides and bottom of the placemat. Make sure to leave about 3″ opening for turning on the bottom. (please note I used red thread only to make sure you see where my stitches are, use the thread that blends in nicely with your fabric)
7. use scissors to cut off excess fabric around the roof as shown in the picture below.
8. clip the corners, as shown, make sure not to cut into your stitches.
9. press the seams open, turn the placemat right side out through the opening from step 6.
10. push all the corners out either with your fingers or use a pencil to make sure they are all nice and pointy, press. Pin the opening closed.
11. Stitch all the way around (using 1/8″ seam allowance), making sure to sew the opening closed. Give your placemat one more good press and you are done!!!
Now, wasn’t that fun? I hope you give these easy to make house placemats a try.
Thank you Jennifer for inviting me to be a part of this series and thank you all for reading. Svetlana