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Christmas Tree Placemat

Christmas Tree Placemat project
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by Sheila Reinke
For a festive holiday table, these Christmas tree placements offer added decor to your dinner table, or other tables that are around your house. Using an applique technique, you can easily make these in time for gifts for friends for the holidays, or a gift for you and your home.

Pattern can be reproduced for personal (not for sale) use.
For more patterns by Sheila, see her blog at: http://sheilareinke.wordpress.com/

Skill Level: Beginner

Time to Complete:

Tools Needed:

Materials Needed:
  • For four placemats:
  • (beyond standard sewing supplies)
  • 1 2/3 yards – Christmas fabric
  • 1/4 yard – white fabric
  • 1/4 yard – green fabric for tree
  • 1/4 yard – fusible web for applique (optional based on technique used)
  • Batting and backing
  1. Cut 2 pieces of Christmas fabric – one piece 2” x 13” and one piece 12” x 13”.
  2. Cut 1 piece of white fabric – 5 1/2” x 13”.
  3. Cut one tree out of green fabric, using the Christmas Tree template.
  4. Applique the tree onto the white fabric piece using your favorite applique method – see the three options below for assistance.
  5. Using a 1/4” seam allowance, stitch the pieces of the placemat together along the 13” length in the following order: narrow Christmas fabric strip, white strip with Christmas tree, wide Christmas fabric piece.
  6. Finish the placemat using your favorite backing and binding method – you may choose to use a thin batting in the placemat.
  8. Below are some of the currently popular applique methods:
  10. Method 1: Draw your applique design on the top of your fabric.
  11. Cut out your applique using a scant seam allowance. Turn the seam allowance under and run a basting stitch to hold the seam under. Pin the applique to the front of your project along your placement diagram. When applique is secured pull the basting thread out.
  13. Method 2: Fusible interfacing method.
  14. Draw the mirror image on the smooth side of the interfacing. Lay the rough side (glue side) to the top of the fabric. DO NOT IRON. Sew on the line, sewing the interfacing and fabric together. Trim edge 1/8" from stitching line. Cut a small slit through the back of the interfacing. Clip any curved seams. Turn the applique through the slit. Your applique will have a finished edge and the glue side of the interfacing will be facing out. Now iron your applique to your project. The interfacing will hold in place until you finish the edge with blanket stitch or hand stitching. When quilted you will never even know there is an interfacing there.
  16. Method 3: Fusible - the fastest method.
  17. Take fusible web and draw the mirror image of your design on the rough side.   Iron the rough side to the back of your fabric. Cut the design on the line you drew. Peel off the paper from the back of the fusible web. Place your applique on your project and iron in place. To finish the edges blanket stitch or satin stitch around the edges.

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