Jennifer Mathis joins us today from Ellison Lane with a Pumpkin Placemat tutorial. You can adapt the fun techniques Jennifer shares and use them in a variety of projects; think of what you can do with fusible vinyl! Learn more about Jennifer in her introduction (there are links in the intro to her fun Trick-or-Treat Bags: Spooktacular Series!).
Hey everybody! I’m Jennifer from Ellison Lane. Leaves are falling here and there and everywhere which must mean Halloween is just around the corner! Dress up your Halloween table with these kid-friendly Pumpkin Placemats. Quick and easy to clean, these will be a hit all month long!

Yields: Two Placemats
Finished Size: Approximately 13.5” x 19.5”


  • ½ yard Fabric A (grey Harlequin fabric, Spooktacular by Maude Asbury)
  • ½ yard Fabric B (Gone Batty fabric, Spooktacular, Maude Asbury_
  • Fat Quarter Fabric C (Pumpkintopia fabric, Spooktacular, Maude Asbury)
  • 1 yard fusible, iron-on vinyl such as Heat-n-Bond Vinyl
  • Fat Quarter of fusible adhesive such as Heat-n-Bond Lite
  • ½ yard of cotton batting
  • Coordinating thread
  • Binding Clips or Wonder Clips
  • Jeans needle
  • Rotary Supplies
  • Scissors
  • Hera marker (optional)
  • Walking foot (optional)
  • Washable glue stick (optional)

*1/4” Seam Allowance unless stated otherwise.

Read through all directions before you begin.

1. Prewash and iron fabrics.

2. Cut (2) pieces of bat fabric 14” x 20” for the back.

3. Cut (2) pieces of batting 15” x 21” and place bat fabric on the batting.

4. Using a Hera marker, measure and vertical mark lines 1” apart across the bat fabric.

5. Starting in the batting, quilt straight lines using a 3.5 stitch length along the lines.

6. Trim the excess batting and repeat for other placemat back. Set aside.

7. Cut (2) pieces of harlequin fabric 14.5” x 20.5” and set aside.

8. Cut (1) 15” x 19” piece of pumpkin fabric. Cut (1) 14.5” x 18.5” piece of Heat–n-Bond Lite and fuse it to the wrong side of the pumpkin fabric according to manufacturer’s directions.

9. With scissors, cut out three pumpkins for each placemat. Choose one large, one medium and one small pumpkin for each.

10. Arrange the pumpkins 5” in from the left edge of the harlequin fabric. Make sure you have a 1” margin at both the top and bottom.

11. Peel off the paper backing and fuse the pumpkins to the fabric one at a time beginning with the smallest pumpkin at the top. Overlap the stems of the middle and bottom pumpkin as you place them on.

*Tip: As the pumpkins are covered by fusible vinyl, there is no need to stitch the pumpkins in place. The fusible adhesive will do the trick.

12. Cut (2) pieces of fusible vinyl 14.5” x 20.5”. Apply fusible vinyl to the right side of the harlequin fabric according to manufacturer’s directions.

*Note: The fusible vinyl can cause the fabric to shrink a bit. Once vinyl is attached, trim to 14” x 20”.

13. Place front pieces right sides together with quilted back pieces. Do not pin.

*Tip: a walking foot is very helpful at this stage to keep the layers together while sewing.

14. Use binding clips or wonder clips to hold the front and back together and sew with the batting face down on the machine.

15. Sew around all sides with a ¼” seam allowance, pivoting at the corners with your needle down. Along the bottom edge, leave a large 6” gap for turning, backstitching at the beginning and end.

16. Clip the corners taking care not to clip your stitches. Turn the placemats right side out and use a blunt turning tool such as a knitting needle to poke out the corners.

17. Fold the seam allowance under along the gap and apply a small dab of glue stick to the opening. Press the vinyl using the pressing sheet.

18. Topstitch with coordinating thread along the outer edge of the placemat 1/8th from the edge and again ¼” from the edge. Use a dark thread to hide food stains.

There you have it! Jolly Halloween Pumpkin Placemats that clean up in a flash thanks to the spiffy vinyl top. I can’t guarantee they’ll make your kids eat their dinner but they just might be more apt to come to the table in the first place!

Thanks for having me here today at Sew Mama Sew. Don’t forget to Check out my Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bag tutorial and many more sewing and quilting patterns and projects at Ellison Lane!

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