Using the 1/4″ Foot & other Accessories to Make Quilted Place Mats

Holiday Placemats

In the holiday spirit of trying to bust my fabric stash……  I decided to use up some remnants of Christmas fabric and make my family some much needed table decor.  Behold, the Quilted Place Mat!

For those of you who are only here because you’d like to see some tips for using the 1/4″ foot and other accessories, I’m putting those video links just after these remarks.  The details about the place mat tutorial are found just below the video links.

Video Links:

1/4″ Presser Foot

Ditch Stitching Foot

Quilting Guide Bar

Place Mat Tutorial:  (Makes Four 18×13 Mats)

Supplies:  1/4 yard of four coordinating fabrics for front of mat, 7/8 yard of fabric for backing, 7/8 yard of fusible fleece or preferred low-loft batting (I used 987F Pellon), 1 to 2 spools of coordinating thread


Cut 4 rectangles of each 1/4 yard fabric,(9 & 3/4" x 7 & 1/4") and arrange as desired for place mat front.

Also cut:  4 rectangles of backing and 4 rectangles of fusible fleece, (18 & 1/2″ x 13 & 1/2″)

Use the 1/4" foot to sew the front pieces together with a 1/4" seam.

Fabric A is joined to Fabric B. Fabric C is joined to Fabric D.

Press Fabric AB's seam one direction. Press Fabric CD's seam the opposite direction.

Lay fabric AB on top of Fabric CD, aligning the seams.

Pin at the seam and sew AB to CD. Don't take the pins out until your needle is a millimeter away. (This helps prevent fabric shifting.)

Press the seam open.

Fuse the fusible fleece to the wrong side of your place mat topper.

Lay the place mat topper on top of the place mat backing fabric with right sides together.

Sew around the perimeter with a 1/4″ seam allowance, leaving an opening for turning right side out.

Clip the corners diagonally and turn right side out.  Use a point turner to shape the corners.

Press your place mat. Turn under the remaining seam allowance at the opening and pin closed.

Choose a decorative stitch and sew around the border of your place mat. This will also close the opening.

Use your ditch stitching foot to stitch the center and cross wise seams of your mat with a decorative stitch.

You can also use your quilting guide bar to help you stitch rows of parallel lines across your mat, etc.

Repeat all steps for remaining mats. Enjoy!

Thanks for reading!

P.S.  We still need 2 more winners for the free stocking pattern.  See the bottom of post at this link for more info.: Stockings

Let’s Get Sewing!

Jenny Gabriel – alter ego:  StitchinJenny

4 thoughts on “Using the 1/4″ Foot & other Accessories to Make Quilted Place Mats

  1. Sandy

    WOW thanks for the tutorial on making placemats. I will be going to my Christmas stash, found some fat quarters I had forgotten. I will have new placemats for Christmas. Only need a stash of fusible fleece LOL. Will need to pick up some when I come to Houston.

  2. Jenny Gabriel Post author

    Hi Sandy!
    I’m glad you like the place mat tutorial!
    You don’t have to use fusible fleece, I just like it the best. Any low loft batting would work. You could even spray it with temporary spray adhesive….

  3. Sue K

    Great tutorial – I made some and then I fussy-cut a smaller square from a Christmas panel , fused it to the center of the each placemat and then stitched around it.


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