Monday, January 19, 2015

nine patch placemats {a tutorial}

A few weeks back I made these simple nine patch placemats mostly to practice some new straight line quilting I learned while watching my friend Catherine's DVD.

I adore the combination of this super traditional block and lots of neutral space, I think it makes for such lovely modern placemats. Oh, and using only red and low volume prints for the blocks definitely helps too :).

So, I thought I'd share a quick tutorial in case some of you would like to give these nine patch placemats a try.

Here's how to make four nine patch placemats.
(use 1/4" seam allowance) 

Materials needed:
24 - 1.5" x 5.5" of red fabric
24 - 1.5" x 5.5" of low volume fabric
1/2 yard background fabric
1/2 yard backing fabric
1/2 yard fabric for binding
1/2 yard batting

Cutting fabric:
from background fabric cut: 12 - 1.5" x 3.5" strips
                                               4 - 3.5'" x 15.5" rectangles
                                               4 - 5.5" x 15.5" rectangles
from backing fabric cut: 4 - 13" x 17" rectangles
from batting of your choice cut: 4 - 13" x 17" rectangles
from binding fabric cut: 6 strips 2.25" x width of fabric

24 - 1.5" x 5.5" strips of red fabric
24 - 1.5" x 5.5" strips of low volume fabric

Step 1: Make 16 nine patch blocks following my tutorial for tiny nine patch blocks.

Step 2: Arrange four blocks and three strips of 1.5" x 3" background fabric for each placemat (as shown in the picture below). Stitch together to form one continuous strip of patchwork. Press the seams.

Step 3: Sandwich strip of patchwork between one 3.5" x 15.5" and one 5.5" x 15.5" as pictured, stitch all three parts together and press the seams.

Step 4: Assemble all four placemat tops, they each should finish at 11.5" x 15.5".

Step 5: Make four quilt sandwiches by placing backing fabric (wrong side up) on  a flat surface, place batting on top and then placemat top (right side up). Baste together using either pins or basting spray.

Step 6: Quilt as desired.

Step 7: Square and trim the placemats. Make binding the way you would for a quilt, attach to each placemat.

Step 8: Trim all the stray threads and you're finished. 

Hope you find this tutorial useful.

And, as always, if you make a project using any of my tutorials please add it to my Flickr group. I always enjoy seeing all your amazing creations.



  1. Moc krásné, Svetlanko! Povedly se ti :) Jola

  2. Very cute. What a great way to make something useful and practice your quilting too.

  3. Thanks. Great ideas for the quilting too.

  4. They are beautiful! Love the two bindings you used too :)

  5. Love the blocks - I've never thought to use 9 patch blocks like this before - I feel a quilt coming up!! and love the quilting. I am liking the look of the straight line quilting and intend to do a few soon with simple quilts.

  6. They look beautiful on your table! Jxo

  7. Your placemats look wonderful. I lvoe the grid variations, and your spirals are fantastic. I also made placemats after watching the DVD, but my placemat binding does not look nearly as clean and proper as yours does! I would love to see a binding tutorial, if you have one.

    1. you can check out this fantastic tutorial I hope it helps.

  8. These are great! My new favorite thing is making placemats! I love making them and using them!

  9. Great placemats. Love the simplicity of the piecing against the quilting :)

  10. Very pretty! I love the pop of color and negative space.

  11. I love them! I like their "modern traditional" look.

  12. Svetlana, these are beautiful! I love them so much!!

  13. Love the quilting -- all different.

  14. Too lovely!!! Those placemats are really gorgeous!Thanks so much for sharing the great tutorial!


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