A quick and easy way to quilt placemats for summer

A quick and easy way to quilt placemats for summer

🍓 Easy Sewing Project for Summer: How to Quickly Quilt Placemats with a Fabric Panel

Summer is the perfect time to enjoy outdoor gatherings with family and friends. And what better way to brighten up your dining table than with handmade placemats?

In this blog post, you will learn a quick and easy way to quilt placemats for summer using a fabric panel by Tara Reed for Riley Blake Designs.

 You can sew a set of 6 placemats in just a few hours!

The June placemat panel features baskets of berries and the words “Life is Sweet” – “Family Gathers here” and “Enjoy the Moment” all hand painted in watercolors.

Whether you’re relaxing on your deck or simply looking to refresh your table decor, these placemats are the perfect addition to your home.

The 6 placemat designs for June are the latest installment of the Monthly Placemat Program I created  for Riley Blake Designs.

You can quilt the fabrics and use traditional binding to finish the placemats or layer the fabrics right side together on top of batting, sew, turn and press for a quicker project.

Watch the video to see how easy it is to quilt placemats by drawing lines with a pen that will disappear when you iron it.

🎯 SHORTCUTS TO SPECIFIC TOPICS:
00:00 Introduction
00:34 Drawing quilting lines
02:21 Erasing pen with your iron

Ask for the June Placemat Panel and prints where you love to buy fabric or look for it online.

Happy berry season and Happy Sewing!

🍓 🧵  Tara Reed

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Sew Beautiful Flower Placemats for your Spring Table

Sew Beautiful Flower Placemats for your Spring Table

🌸 Easy Sewing Project for Spring: Sew Placemats with a Fabric Panel

If you’re like me and ready for May flowers, then you will love the May Fabric Placemat Panel and coordinating prints featuring soft watercolor florals and inspiring messages. You can sew a set of 6 placemats in just a few hours!

Whether you’re hosting a springtime brunch or simply looking to refresh your dining decor, these placemats are the perfect addition to your home.

The 6 placemat designs for May are the latest installment of the Monthly Placemat Program I created  for Riley Blake Designs.

The placemats include 3 with artwork and 3 with art and quotes: love changes everything, Today is a great day to have a great day and work hard – stay humble – be kind.

You can quilt the fabrics and use traditional binding to finish the placemats or layer the fabrics right side together on top of batting, sew, turn and press for a quicker project.

This video is less than a minute and gives you a quick peek at the placemat designs and coordinating prints.

Ask for the May Placemat Panel and prints where you love to buy fabric or look for it online.

Happy Spring and Happy Sewing!

🧵  Tara Reed

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Easy Sewing for St Patrick’s Day: Placemats by Tara Reed

Easy Sewing for St Patrick’s Day: Placemats by Tara Reed

☘️ Easy Sewing for St Patrick’s Day: Make Placemats in a Snap with a Fabric Panel

Top of the mornin’ to ya!  The Irish in me is dancing a jig I’m so excited to break out these placemats for March!

The 6 placemat designs for March and Saint Patrick’s Day are the latest installment of the Monthly Placemat Program I created  for Riley Blake Designs.

The placemats include 3 with artwork and 3 with art and quotes: Happy Saint Patrick’s Day, In this house we create our own luck and Friends & Family can always be found at the end of the rainbow.

Shamrocks, rainbows and pots of gold hand painted in watercolors will make these perfect for your table all March long. If you’re Irish you will love the shamrock trio and shamrock rainbow all year long.

Just because they are designed as placemats doesn’t mean that’s all you can do with them – that’s the beauty of sewing, so many options. Use the designs for quilts, pillows, wall hangings and more.

This video is less than a minute and gives you a quick peek at the placemat designs and coordinating shamrock prints.

Time Saving Way to Sew Placemats

I was short on time to sew these together and had to make a choice: traditional binding and simple quilting or simple placemat assembly and some fun free motion quilting. (You can probably guess which I chose just by the way I described my options!)

I layered batting – back fabric face up – placemat fabric face down and sewing them all together. Then I turned, pressed and topstitched around the edge before doing some free motion quilting.

See my blog post with 🎥 video tutorial for more specific instructions on making placemats without binding.

Not Just for Placemats

Just because they are designed as placemats doesn’t mean that’s all you can do with them – that’s the beauty of sewing, so many options. Use the designs for quilts, pillows, wall hangings and more.

Happy Sewing & Happy St Patrick’s Day!

🧵 ☘️ Tara Reed

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Make Floral Placemats with inspirational quotes for Spring

Make Floral Placemats with inspirational quotes for Spring

Floral Placemats for Valentine’s Day & Spring

Part of the Monthly Placemat Program by Tara Reed for Riley Blake Designs

If you are want to add something new to your table for spring, it’s time to sew up some inspirational placemats. The February Placemat Panel Is part of a 12 month series of placemat panels I’ve created for Riley Blake Designs and is great for all levels of sewing skill. 

Placemats with inspirational quotes by Tara Reed for Riley Blake Designs

The panel includes 11″ x 18″ designs to make 6 placemats. There are 3 with artwork and 3 with art and quotes: Happiness Fills this Home, Love lives here and Gratitude changes everything.

Hearts made with watercolor flowers and fields of flowers with quotes make these perfect for your Valentine’s Day table and can be used throughout spring. ❤️

A floral print in 3 color ways is also included in the February release of this collection.

Gratitude changes everything and other placemats for spring
Floral Placemats with inspirational quotes for Spring and Valentine’s Day

Just because they are designed as placemats doesn’t mean that’s all you can do with them. That’s the beauty of sewing, so many options. Use the designs for quilts, pillows, wall hangings and more.

Use the coordinating prints for all kinds of projects. Make fabric napkins to go with your placemats, gift bags or table runners.  Zipper bags, reversible drawstring bags, key fobs and more.

What would you make? Would love to know in the comments!

Ask for the Monthly Placemat Program by Riley Blake Designs where you love to buy fabric.  Happy Sewing!

🌺 Tara Reed

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How to make your own Hot Chocolate Station Sign

How to make your own Hot Chocolate Station Sign

How to make a Hot Chocolate Station Sign with Fabric, Canvas & Glue

Have you seen all the fun Hot Chocolate Stations and tiered trays on social media? You can make them really quickly and easily with fabric and Modge Podge!

This no-sew project is great to do with kids, a group of friends or just because you are feeling crafty.

Here’s a video to walk you through the steps.

SHORTCUTS TO SPECIFIC TOPICS:

00:09 Supplies

01:40 Making the large canvas

01:58 Put fabric on canvas

04:02 Wrap the small canvas in fabric

Winter Drink Station
Winter Drink Station
Winter Drink Station

Supplies:

  • Fabric
  • Art Canvas
  • Modge Podge or glue
  • Paint Brush

– Written Directions –

Putting fabric on canvas or wood blocks is an easy way to add simple pieces of decor to your home. Make a Hot Chocolate Station Sign for winter, Popsicle Station Sign for summer and everything in between!

Step 1: Choose your canvas or board

If you are using an image like the “Keeping Cozy at Home” from my January Placemat Panel (part of the Monthly Placemat Panel Program I designed for Riley Blake Designs) you need to choose a base that is large enough to have the image on the front but also allows the fabric to wrap around the sides.

9″ x 12″ works great with my placemat panels.  I got the “value” canvas that are 1/2″ deep. If you want something with larger sides that might stand up easier, you can spend a little more and get canvas that is 1″ on the sides.

Step 2: Prepare your Fabric

Cut your fabric so it has enough to wrap around the sides and onto the back. 

I used 4″ x 4″ x 1/2″ canvas with the snowflake prints so I cut the fabric with about 1 1/2″ extra all around. (7″ square)

Step 3: Apply Modge Podge or other glue to the sides and front of the canvas or board

Apply the glue liberally and pretty quickly so it doesn’t dry before you put the fabric on it. (fig. 1)

Step 4: Glue the fabric to the canvas

Center the fabric on top of your canvas and press down when it’s in position. (fig. 2)

Turn the canvas over and wrap the extra fabric around to the back on two opposite sides. (fig. 3)

Wrap the other two sides like you are wrapping a present – folding the corners in and then up.  Apply more glue as need to secure. (fig. 4)

Let dry

 

figure 1 - apply modge podge to canvas

figure 1

figure 3 - gluing fabric sides to back of canvas

figure 3

figure 2 - gluing fabric to front of canvas

figure 2

figure 4 - gluing fabric to back of canvas

figure 4

Of course you can use this method to put any kind of fabric on canvas for any season or reason.  What will you do first? Let me know in the comments or tag me on social media if you try this and post – I love to see what people create!

✂️ Enjoy! Tara Reed

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