I recently had the pleasure of teaching a student how to make these placemats. She was a quick learner and a terrific hostess serving a delicious lavender tea in her matching tea set.
The pattern we used was Simplicity's # 5964, Sewing for Dummies. I hate that name, but it is a good pattern.
My student chose a cream background red toile for one side and red velour for the other. Ivory twisted cord gimp was used for the trim. Fabric requirements are on the pattern for two placemats and a runner, so this was adjusted, as we were only making placemats.
Finished size measured 12.5 " x 18", but since we were using directional fabric, each placemat top had to be "fussy cut" to get the right motif for each one. We cut the first one out on toile, then used that piece as a pattern for the next three, lining up the motif. The 4 red pieces were then cut, followed by a heat resistant padding which was used for the inside.
To assemble the placemats, The red fabric was sewn 1/2" seam allowance to the padding, wrong sides together. Next the gimp was pinned and sewn to the toile, right side up as well, using a zipper foot and sewing next to the cord. To finish the gimp where it started, we simply crossed the end piece over the beginning piece and sewed straight across.
Next the two 'sides' were sewn together, right sides facing, leaving a space about 4 inches wide to turn.
The placemats were turned and the opening was whipstiched together.
She did a great job and saved a lot of money by making these herself.
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