Now you can create your dream colourful table-scape with our DIY Embroidered Placemats Tutorial!
Use our template to easily create the perfect wavy edge and then have fun with a variety of stitches to embellish the gingham checks. Be playful – experiment with different colour combinations + patterns to reflect your style and brighten up you home!
YOU WILL NEED:
- Placemat front – approx 410mm x 335mm fabric – we’ve used our small check gingham linens
- Placemat back – approx 410mm x 335mm fabric – we’ve used a contrasting solid linen
- Batting – approx 410mm x 335mm
- 12wt Aurifil Thread for embroidery
- Sewing Machine
- Embroidery needle – we’ve used a Tulip Sashiko needle
CUT YOUR PIECES
- Place the placemat template onto the gingham fabric and align to ensure the gingham is centred within the open window.
- Mark a dot in each corner of the window. The four dots should align to create a perfectly centred rectangle to use as a stitching guide later.
- Keeping the template centred, cut out your placemat front piece.
- Cut a placemat shape from the back fabric and batting.
JOIN YOUR PIECES
- Place the batting down on the table, then place the back panel right side facing up, then the front panel right side facing down. Pin or clip together.
- Using a quarter inch seam allowance stitch around the perimeter of the placemat, leaving an opening for turning.
- Snip ‘v’s into the seam allowance being careful not to cut through your stitching
- Turn right side out and iron flat.
STITCH THE BORDERS
- Using an embroidery needle and 12wt thread, stitch a border close to the edge of the placemat to catch both the outer layers and the seam inside. You can use any straight stitch of your choosing – Robyn has used a whipped running stitch to create a solid border. *tip* use the back of the needle for whipping into the running stitch. Here’s a quick tutorial on whipped running stitch – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s4qJr4GPSAs
- Then, using the dots you marked earlier as a guide, embroider from point to point to create an inner rectangular border. Robyn has again used a whipped running stitch for this.
ADD DECORATIVE EMBROIDERY
- Within the rectangular border you can now apply your chosen decorative stitch to complete your placemat.
- Robyn has created a Pinterest board filled with decorative stitches for endless inspiration! You can find it here -https://www.pinterest.com.au/Berrythief/decorative-stitch-placemats/