Sewing Placemats with Binding – Video Tutorial

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Happy Thanksgiving placemat by Tara Reed

If you’ve been looking for a tutorial for sewing placemats from a Placemat Fabric Panel – like the 12 monthly panels that are part of a collection I created for Riley Blake Designs – you’ve come to the right place. 

This video tutorial will also be helpful if you want to make quilted placemats from any fabric – simply substitute an 11” x 18” piece of fabric for the front and the rest will be the same. I also cover how to make quilt binding (that you will use for your placemats in this case) and tricks to get great corners and how to connect the two ends perfectly. 

I’ve created a pdf download with the supply list and cutting requirements for your convenience.

Because this is a rather long tutorial I’ve provided shortcuts to the time for specific topics – of course feel free to sit back and watch the whole thing!


  • 32 secs – Fabric Requirements & Cutting Directions
  • 2:41 – Layering the Fabrics
  • 3:49 – Quilting the Placemat
  • 5:25 – free motion quilting (totally optional but I show you what I do)
  • 7:03 – Trimming the Placemat to Size
  • 7:50 – Making Binding
  • 10:46 – Sewing the Binding onto the Placemat
  • 11:49 – How to Fold the Binding at the Corners to get Sharp, Mitered Corners
  • 13:59 – Joining the ends of the binding to the perfect size every time
  • 19:18 – Finishing the Binding – Hand or Machine Binding
  • 26.16 – See all 6 placemats for November in the Monthly Placemat Program from Riley Blake Designs 

Music: Music by Lesfm available at Pixabay

trimming quilted placemat to size
quilting turkey placemat
Fall is my Favorite Color placemat by Tara Reed


Sewing placemats for each month of the year is a great way to add some fun to the table without taking up a lot of storage space!

Because they are so useful they would make great wedding gifts to get the new couple started, hostess gifts and more.

✂️ Happy sewing!  Tara Reed

P.S. Click here to see all 12 placemat sets and more samples and ideas >