Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Almost Plaid Placemats Tutorial

Hello there! I'm excited to share my latest set of placements today! I made a set of these at Christmas, and I just loved them and had to make them again with different, I thought I'd put together a quick tutorial to share with you.

Material Requirements:

30 – 5” squares of coordinating prints
5/8 yard solid fabric for stripes and binding
1 yard fabric for backing
4 – 14” x 16” rectangles of batting

Cutting Instructions:

1. Cut each 5” square into four (4) 2.5” squares. Put each of the four (4) 2.5” squares into a separate stack, so that you will have 4 stacks that consist of 1 square from each of the original 5” squares.

2. From the Solid fabric, cut 3 strips 1.5” x width of fabric. From those strips, cut:
  • 4 rectangles 1.5” x 10.5” 
  • 4 rectangles 1.5” x 11.5” 
  • 4 rectangles 1.5” x 2.5” 
3. From the backing fabric, cut 4 rectangles 14” x 16”.

Sewing Instructions: 

**all seam allowances are 1/4”

1. For the first placemat, you'll need one stack of 2.5” squares and 1 of each length of the 1.5” wide strips.

2. Lay your squares out like the image below. If you have any prints that are very close in color to the solid, avoid placing them in the rows/columns on either side of the solid fabric. I did this with my prints that had navy backgrounds.

3. Sew together each row on the left side of the 11.5” rectangle. Press the seams in each row all one direction, but alternate the direction you press each row so that your seams will nest together.

4. Sew the rows you created together, including the 10.5” strip.

5. Sew the blocks together that form the column on the far right.

6. Sew the 11.5” strip onto the column you just made.

7. Finally, sew the 2 pieces together to finish the top.

8. Repeat steps 1-7 to finish the other 3 placemat tops.

9. Baste, quilt, and bind in your preferred method. I stitched in the ditch on either side of the navy stripes, then did stippling/meandering over all the patchwork.

Finished Placemats are approximately 13.5” x 11.5”.

I'd love to see what you make with this or any of my tutorials and patterns! Connect with me on Instagram @summerleequilts (use #summerleequilts) or on Facebook at

If you'd like to print this, you can find the whole pattern for free in my Craftsy Pattern Shop.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Have a great day!

I'm linking up today with:
Let's Bee Social
WIPS on Wednesdays!
Needle & Thread Thursday
Can I get Whoop Whoop?
Finish it up Friday


  1. These are darling! I need to make some new placemats, too. These would be great projects for practicing quilting designs, too.

    1. Oh Rebecca - great idea about practicing quilting designs! ~smile~ Roseanne

  2. Summer, these placemats look so Summery ;) And the black lines really set everything off perfectly. I'm pinning this for some summer placemats of my own--if it ever comes here in Maine. Thanks so much :)

  3. Hi Summer,
    What a fresh take on placemats! These look just great. I am PINing them for future reference - I need to make some of these for sure! ~smile~ Roseanne

  4. Beautiful placemats and a great tutorial! Thanks for sharing!

  5. So cute! Love the fabrics you used, especially the print with the silverware!

  6. These are so cute Summer! Thanks for the tutorial and thank you for linking up with TGIFF! I may have a pack of mini charms that I could easily 'stretch' to make some! :-)

  7. These are so nice in these fabrics. Summer, thank you for taking the time to make the tutorial for them.

  8. Great tutorial for some really cute placemats

  9. Thanks for the tutorial!! These would look good in a multitude of color combinations. PERFECT for any quilter's table!!