Marni Weaver from Haberdashery Fun designed these Quilted Heart Placemats just in time for February’s heart-filled festivities! Her use of grays gives the project an unexpected twist. Of course you can go with a more traditional color scheme for upcoming Valentine’s Day decorations if you wish. (You could even use shades of the color of the year!) Learn more about Marni in her introduction, and let us know if you create some of today’s easy Quilted Heart Placemats for your own home this year.
Set the table for love! I have wanted to make quilted placemats for quite some time. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to make heart-shaped placemats.
My husband also inspired this project; he studied industrial design and is a big influence in my color and fabric choices. He loves simple and sleek color palettes, so I wanted to take a modern approach with our placemats.
Luckily, I had a few shades of grey jelly rolls in my fabric stash that were begging to be used. Our heart-shaped placemats came together as easy as 1, 2, 3!…
Here are the supplies needed to make two placemats:
- 1 jelly roll: use 9 strips
- 3 fat quarters: 2 for the backing and 1 to make bias binding
- Fusible batting
- Sewing machine
- Sewing supplies: scissors, thread, pins
- Rotary cutter, mat, ruler
- Paper and pen
- Iron and ironing board
- Quilt basting spray
Before we get started, you will need to draw your heart pattern. Pull out a plate you use often. This is for size reference and also to ensure you create the placemat large enough. I chose our fancy dinner plates and drew a heart within the following dimensions: 19″w x 17″h.
Let’s start sewing!
Step 1: Decide on your color scheme. Undo the jelly roll and lay nine fabric strips in a row.
Step 2: Start at one end. Place two fabric strips right side together. Pin if needed. Place into sewing machine and sew along the long edge with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Press seam with an iron. Open seams and press again.
Step 3: Repeat Step 2 for the next two color strips. Repeat again, and sew all fabric strips together in sets of two. There will be one fabric strip left over.
Step 4: Lay fabric strips onto your work surface. Finish by sewing all sets together. Press all seams open.
Step 5: Lay the heart pattern on top of placemat top. Pin in place and cut out. Pin and cut the second heart. At the same time, cut your other fabric pieces: 2 hearts from the batting, 2 hearts from the fat quarters. Cut at least 45″ of bias binding.
Step 6: Place fusible batting on the wrong side of quilt top. Press.
Step 7: Sandwich the batting between the placemat top and the backing. Spray a small amount of quilt basting spray on the wrong side of the backing. Gently press in place.
Step 8: Place into sewing machine and quilt as desired.
Step 9: Using an iron, press the heart curves into the bias binding.
Step 10: Start at the bottom tip of the heart. Pin the bias binding in place, leaving a 1″ tail. Pin the bias binding around the entire heart. Fold and tuck the bias tape into itself when it meets at the base of curves. Fold and tuck into itself again when it meets at the tip. Place into sewing machine and edgestitch the binding in place.
That’s it. Happy sewing, and Happy Valentine’s Day!
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