Summer Fun Placemats Tutorial

Makes 6 (six) placemats


  • 1 charm pack or 42 – 5″ squares
  • 1-1/2 yds backing fabric
  • 1-1/2 yds batting
  • 3/4 yd border fabric
  • 3/4 yd binding fabric

Lay out six 5″ squares in a 2×3 pattern for each placemat.

Layout for Placemat



Sew the squares into rows.

Press the seams on the top row toward the middle square.  Press the seams on the bottom row toward each end square.  This will help your seams to “nest” when sewing your rows together.

Seams on Placemats



Sew two rows together for each placemat, making sure to nest the seams so your blocks line up.

Nested Seams

See how the seams “lock” together?

The finished block should measure approximately 14″x9.5″.

Cut your border fabric into 2-1/2″ strips x WOF (width of fabric).  Cut the strips into pieces for your borders – you will need a total of twelve 9.5″ pieces, and twelve 14″ strips.

Borders for Placemats




Cut each of the remaining six – 5″ squares in half, and then in half again, making four 2-1/2″.  You will need a total of 24 – 2-1/2″ squares.

Four corners of Placemats

One – 5″ charm cut into fourths. Use on the corners of the placemat.














Sew one 2-1/2″ square on each end of the long (14″ strips.  Press seams toward the 2-1/2″ square.

Placemat Strips








Add Borders to Placemat:

Sew one 9-1/2″ strip on each side of the placemat.  Press seams toward the middle of the mat.

Side Borders

Side Borders

Add a long strip to the top and bottom of the mat, nesting the seams to align your blocks.  Press seams toward the middle of the mat.

Top Borders





Add Batting and Backing

Measure the width and length of your pieced placemat top and add 2″ to each measurement.  Cut a piece of backing fabric to that size (Finished top measurement + 2″ top and side).  Mine measured 13-1/2 H x 18W.  So, I cut my backing fabric at 15-1/2 x 20″.

You can cut your batting at the same size.

Baste your layers together to prepare them for quilting.  You can pin them, baste with thread, or use basting spray.  For small projects like this, I like to use basting spray.

Quilt placemats as desired.  I quilted mine with straight lines using a walking foot.  I kept the quilting spaced pretty far apart as I didn’t want a dense, heavy placemat.

Placemat - layers

Pic shows three layers and binding pinned, ready to attach.


There are so many great tutorials online on how to add binding to your projects, so I’m not going to try to add one here. A couple that I have used in the past are here ……and here.

Here’s the finished placemat:

Placemat Tutorial Quilted


I hope you enjoy your placemats as much as I enjoy mine!

Remember, if you make these I’d love to see how they turn out.  Thanks for following along!