Sew Your Own Placemats Video Tutorial!

March 19, 2014

The Sew Your Own Placemat Tutorial (5)

After much thought, I’ve decided to post my first of a series of video tutorials on You Tube. Video tutorials  have been so helpful to me, and I continue to love watching them to learn new things all the time.  I find that I learn best from watching someone else first instead of just reading from a pattern.

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That’s me filming my first video tutorial!

I don’t know about you, but for me, there are lots of times when I’m not in the mood for a huge, complicated quilt project.  So for my first video tutorial, I’m featuring an easy, super-fast double sided placemat tutorial.  Click here to see it!


Tessa at school

My daughter Tessa goes to a fantastic Montessori school where they do their best to make every day special. Each child brings his or her own placemat and fabric napkin in their lunchbox every day.  As they unpack their lunches, they set their meals on their cute placemats;  it’s amazing how something so small can make such a big difference in the way they feel about themselves.  A simple placemat can make her feel so grown-up and independent.

I love these kinds of rituals of early childhood.  Who knows, this one just might be the one memory that gets locked into her developing mind and carried into adulthood.


So to make my daughter’s meal feel important, I make my own miniature placemats for her.  She has a different one every day.  Some are elegant, some have silly pictures on them. And their simplicity makes them a joy to create.  A finished project in 20 minutes?!  Yes, please!


You don’t need much for this project:

  • Just two fat quarters
  • Rotary cutter, mat and ruler
  • Pins
  • Seam Ripper and Scissors
  • Sewing Machine and Thread
  • Optional: Fusible Interfacing

I hope you enjoy the video.  Stay tuned for more in the future!


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