Sunday, 17 May 2009

Springtime Table Mats - tutorial

Since Imagingermonkey sent me the cotton batting, I'd been toying with the idea of making some table mats to match my table runner.

I'd had enough of hexagons for a while, so instead, I decided to use the leftover fabrics to make table mats with stripes in coordinating colours - both vertical and horizontal stripe versions.
I devised my own instructions and I'm posting them here in case anyone else wants to have a go.

Quilted table mats

Finished size of each mat: 30 x 42 cm

The amounts stated will be sufficient for 4 mats, assuming the yardage fabrics are 115 cms wide. If you want to make 6, you'll need to buy 35 cms extra batting and yardage - you should have enough for the front pieces though, providing you are not wasteful when cutting out.

  • 70 cm of cotton batting (Note: cotton batting, not polyester or anything fluffy. The batting I used was Warm and Natural batting, and looks like a thick flannelette sheet. It needs pre-washing as it has some shrinkage. Do not substitute felt if you want to be able to machine-wash your table mats!)

  • 70 cm of yardage for reverses (I used Fresh Squeezed by Sandy Gervais for Moda)

  • About 50 cm of washable linen or linen-blend fabric.

  • For the stripes: 2 or 3 FQs in coordinating fabrics (I used 2 FQs in different fabrics from the Fresh Squeezed range, plus some of the reverse yardage)

  • Matching thread

Seam allowances are 1 cm throughout unless otherwise stated.

Cutting list for each mat:
  • 32 x 44 cm rectangle from batting

  • 32 x 44cm rectangle from backing fabric

  • Front pieces: either

For vertical stripes cut -

  • 3 strips each 7 x 32 cm out of three different coordinating fabrics

  • 2 linen pieces each 17 x 32 cm
For horizontal stripes cut -
  • 2 strips each 7 x 44 cm out of two different coordinating fabrics

  • 2 linen pieces each 13 x 44 cm

Step 1: Make the front pieces first.

For Vertical stripes:
Pin two of the three strips of patterned fabric together along one long side with right sides facing. Machine-stitch with a 1 cm seam allowance. Pin the third strip of patterned fabric to one side of the joined pair, again with right sides facing. Machine stitch. Press the seams open.

Pin the long side of one linen piece to one side of the joined pieces, with right sides facing. Machine stitch with a 1 cm seam allowance. Repeat for the other side. Press the seams open.

For Horizontal stripes:
Pin two strips of patterned fabric together along one long side with right sides facing. Machine-stitch. Press the seam open.

Pin one linen piece to one side of the joined stripes, with right sides facing. Stitch. Repeat for the other side.
Press the seams open.

For both versions: you should now have a rectangle the same size as the batting and reverse piece. If the front pieces are slightly larger ( I erred on the side of generosity in the cutting instructions, just in case) you can trim them to the same size as the back pieces before the next step.

Step 2: Layer and stitch together
Lay the batting piece on a flat surface. Lay the backing fabric on top of the batting with the right side up. Lay the top piece on top of that with the right side down (so the two right sides are facing). The correct order is shown in the photo below:

Pin the three layers together.

Starting in the middle of one linen side, machine stitch round all four sides, pivoting at the corners and leaving a 6 cms gap for turning. Clip the corners and turn right side out. Use a chopstick to push the corners right out. Press, making sure the hems are turned neatly to the inside along the turning gap.

Step 3: Quilting

Quilt the mat by stitching on the linen panels close to the edge of the patterned stripes on both sides where the linen and striped panel join (about 2 mm from the join). The photo below shows this being done for the horizontal stripes version.

Step 4: Finishing
Top-stitch round all four outer edges close to the edge, taking care that the hems are lying smoothly at the turning gap, as the top-stitching will also secure the edges of the gap. The photo below shows the completed version, with vertical stripes.

Repeat for the number of mats you want to make. I made six altogether, three with horizontal stripes and three with vertical.

Enjoy your new dining experience!

1 comment:

  1. wow - they look fantastic! I'm so pleased you could make use of the batting!!!!