How to make a Table Runner from Fabric Placemat Panels

How to make a Table Runner from Fabric Placemat Panels

How to make the perfect sized table runner using placemat panels

St Patrick's Day table runner made with Fabric Placemat Panels and shamrock fabric by Tara Reed for Riley Blake Designs

Today I want to show you another way to use placemat panels for you home: make a placemat table runner.

Put a placemat on either end and a coordinating fabric in the middle and you can make a statement piece for your any table in a few hours.

For this tutorial I used 2 of the 6 St Patrick’s Day placement images and one of the 3 shamrock prints from the March Monthly Placemat Panel I designed for Riley Blake Designs.

Here’s how I made the Placemat Table Runner

St Patrick's Day table runner made with Fabric Placemat Panels and shamrock fabric by Tara Reed for Riley Blake Designs

SUPPLIES for 80″ runner

  • 1 Placemat Panel
  • 1 yard fabric for the front
  • 1 1/3 yards fabric for the back
  • 82″ x 19″ batting

OPTIONAL: If you want to do traditional quilt binding you need 5 1/2 strips at 2 1/2″ x WOF. Sew together and press in half to create binding. You will need about 1/2 yard of fabric for the binding

 

The width of the table runner is decided by the placemat so the finished width is 18 1/2″. You can make your runner any length you want with the fabric you put in between the 2 placemats. I measured my table and decided I wanted mine to be 80″ long.

First I chose the two placemats I wanted for either end of the runner. I decided to use two of the images with sayings: “In this house we create our own luck!” and “Friends and Family can always be found at the end of the Rainbow”.

TRIM the fabric panel with 1/4″ all the way around each design. After sewing they will be 11″ high for a total of 22″ of the 80″ length.

CENTER FABRIC: Then I chose the shamrock fabric on white for the center of the table runner and determined I needed 58 1/2″ long (the 1/2″ is for the seam allowance) x 18 1/2″ wide. I made this from 2 pieces of fabric, cutting a piece of fabric 29 1/4″ long and then trimming to 18 1/2″ wide.

CUT a piece of batting slightly larger than you need. I used 82″ x 19″.

Because I wanted a more modern look and a faster projects, I didn’t use traditional binding but just layered the fabrics and turned them right side out.

LAYER: batting, backing (face up) and top (face down). Pin and sew around the sides with 1/4″ seam allowance, leaving an opening on one of the long sides to turn.

TRIM any excess batting, TURN and PRESS. PRESS the fabric from the opening under so you won’t see it after topstitching.

TOPSTITCH all the way around the table runner 1/8″ from the sides.

QUILT aș desired.

That’s it – you’re done!

It took under 3 hours from start to finish and will be a fun addition to my St Patrick’s Day decor. This can be done for any season – get 2 of each of the Monthly Placemat Panels and make both table runners AND placemats for each month of the year!

The fabrics used in this tutorial are March Placemat Panel and shamrock prints from the Monthly Placemat Program by Riley Blake Designs. Ask for them where you love to buy fabric. Happy Sewing!

☘️ Tara Reed

The Easy Way to Sew Bowl and Plate Cozies

The Easy Way to Sew Bowl and Plate Cozies

🎥 Video Tutorial: How to Sew Bowl and Plate Cozies with Pre-Cut Batting

I’m a big fan of quick, simple and useful projects to sew for the home, gifts and just because they are pretty. Today’s tutorial is all 3.

I was so excited that my western fabric – Ride the Range – came out from Riley Blake Designs when we are all glued to western dramas on tv.

If you’re going to mosey over to the couch with dinner or a snack to watch your favorite western, won’t it be that much better if you have a plate or bowl cozy with the same theme? Of course it will!

Tara Reed holding large bowl cozy

The wonderful people at The Gypsy Quilter gave me some of their pre-cut batting to try and I’m IN LOVE! Of course I COULD cut my own (they have a template for that!) but sometimes I just want to cut down on the steps so I can get done. I always have more ideas than I have time so a few shortcuts are helpful.

In this video you will learn how easy it is to sew Bowl and Plate Cozies with The Gypsy Quilter pre-cut batting.

I demonstrate a plate but the big bowl cozy works the same way.

VIDEO SHORTCUTS:

  • 00:00 introduction
  • 01:48 Supplies
  • 02:46 Prepare fabric
  • 04:16 Sewing
  • 04:41 Sewing the darts
  • 05:58 Pin the two halves
  • 07:14 Sew together
  • 08:37 Press the plate cozy
  • 10:08 Topstitch
  • 10:29 Tip for stitching over darts
  • 12:05 Finished photos

TIPS TO AVOID BREAKING YOUR NEEDLE

I’ve had a microwave bowl cozy tutorial on my blog and YouTube channel for a while (where you cut your own batting) and the main question I get is about how to avoid breaking your needle. Those darts and corners get thick with 2 layers of batting and the fabric – especially when you get to topstitching.

🪡 TIP 1: Use a NEW NEEDLE

We (or at least I) often don’t think about just how many times a sewing machine needle goes up and down through fabric with each project we make. It makes sense that it will get dull over time – making it work that much harder with each stitch.

You want a nice SHARP needle to get through the thick spots on any kind of cozy so always start out with a fresh one.

🐢 TIP 2: Go SLOW

 If you sew slower, you give the machine and needle a better chance at going straight up and down – through all the layers – and not bending and snapping.

🧵 TIP 3: Pivot at the Dart Seam

Stop and PIVOT at the dart seam. Trying to sew through the thickness at the darts when topstitching, and making a slight turn without stopping, is often a recipe for a broken needle. Stop with your needle down right at the dart seam. Lift the presser foot, slightly turn the fabric so you are lined up to go straight again.

But as Robert Burns wrote way back in 1785, “The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.”

That goes for sewists and needles too. Sometimes they just break – it happens to the best of us!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and give The Gypsy Quilter Pre-Cut Battings a try. If you do and post on social media, be sure to tag me – I love seeing the fabrics and combinations people use!

Happy Sewing!

🧵 Tara Reed

How to Sew a Fabric Basket for Fall

How to Sew a Fabric Basket for Fall

How to Sew a Fabric Basket for Fall – Sewing for Beginners

(links in this post to Amazon are affiliate links – I will earn a small commission if you click and purchase but your price remains the same)

I love these baskets because you can make them in any size you need AND flatten them for easy storage.

JUMP TO THE VIDEO TUTORIAL

How to Sew a Fabric Basket for Fall in 3 sizes

SUPPLIES

Fabric Basket Cutting Chart

CUT the fabric and batting based on the chart above.

If you are making a basket with 2 fabrics and not creating the turkey block, SKIP TO STEP 2.

FUSE the batting onto the wrong side of one of your fabric squares, following the manufacturer’s instructions.

STEP 1: MAKE THE 15″ TURKEY BLOCK

fall fabric basket - supplies
How to Sew a Fabric Basket for Fall - trim turkey placemat to 10" square

figure 1

SUPPLIES FOR LARGE TURKEY BASKET

Fabrics and Codes refer to the fabrics shown, from Riley Blake Designs. Ask for them where you love to buy fabric.

  • November Placemat Panel (PD12420-NOVEMBER)
    • CUT a 10″ square from the placemat panel, centering the turkey. (fig. 1)
  • Brown November Text (C12421-BROWN) (fig. 2)
    • CUT (2) 10″ x 3 1/4″ strips* to go across the top and bottom of the square
    • CUT (2) 15″ x 3 1/4″ strips* to go on the sides of the square
    • CUT (1) 15″ square (for the back)

* I usually cut 1/4 – 1/2″ longer and wider and trim to size as I sew the opposite sides on to ensure a well squared result.

  • Fusible Fleece Fusible Fleece (I used Pellon 987F)
    • CUT (1) 15″ square
How to Sew a Fabric Basket for Fall - pieces

figure 2

SEW the top and bottom strips of fabric on the turkey square. (fig. 3)

If you cut slightly larger sashing pieces like I do, TRIM sides even with the turkey – so the fabric is 10″ wide. (fig. 4)

SEW to other 2 sides onto the turkey block.

TRIM block to be 15″ square.

FUSE the fleece onto the back of the turkey square, following manufacturers instructions.

sew on sashing - How to Sew a Fabric Basket

figure 3

trim to size - How to Sew a Fabric Basket

figure 4

STEP 2: SEW YOUR FABRIC SQUARES TOGETHER

Place your fabrics right sides together.
CLIP or PIN together.
SEW around the outside using a ¼” seam allowance and leave 3-4” open for turning. (figure 5)
TRIM corners to reduce bulk.
TURN right side out and iron flat, folding in the raw edges.
TOPSTITCH around the entire square 1/8” from the edge.

For a more professional look, match your bobbin thread to the main color of the bottom fabric and your main thread to the top fabric.

sew fabric together with 1/4" seam

figure 5

STEP 3: SEW FOLD STITCH LINES

SEW the length of the square on all 4 sides (figure 6) Sew the same distance from each edge as the height of sides of the basket noted in the second column of the cutting chart.

For example, if you cut 15” squares of fabric, the sides of your basket will be 2½” high so sew 2½” from the side of the basket square, on all 4 sides. (see figure 4 – dashed lines are stitch lines)

How to Sew a Fabric Basket for Fall

figure 6

STEP 4: ADD THE SNAPS

Using the stitch lines, mark where your snaps will go.
PLACE a snap piece on the fabric that will be on the inside of your basket, so it is just inside the edge. (KAM Snaps are shown here) 
Use a hem gauge or ruler and determine how far from the edge you need to poke the hole to install the snap OR where you will sew the snap on, depending on the kind of snaps you choose. (figure 3)
MARK the same distance to the side of the stitching in all 8 corners. (figure 4)

fall fabric basket - adding snaps

figure 7

How to Make a Fabric Basket

figure 8

INSTALL the snaps per manufacturer’s instructions. (figure 9)
Once you’ve installed all 4 snap sets you simply snap each corner and your basket is ready! (figure 10)

fall fabric basket - snap placement

figure 9

fall fabric basket with snaps

figure 10

Love to learn from videos? Watch below!

In this video you will learn how to make fabric baskets with 2 pieces of fabric. You will also see how to use KamSnaps.

SHORTCUTS TO SPECIFIC TOPICS:

  • 00:04 Materials list 
  • 02:48 Sew pieces together
  • 03:27 Turn & Press 
  • 05:18 Topstitch and side stitch lines 
  • 08:00 Add Kam Snaps

 

These baskets would also be cute made with orphan quilt blocks.

If you make and share any on social media be sure to tag me – I’d love to see what you create! (My social media links are at the bottom of the post)

🍁 Tara Reed

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Sewing Projects for Thanksgiving – Placemat Panels to Sew

Sewing Projects for Thanksgiving – Placemat Panels to Sew

November and Thanksgiving Placemat Panel

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

If you are looking for Sewing Projects for Thanksgiving that are great for beginners and seasoned sewists alike then you are going to love the first in a 12 month series of placemat panels I’ve created for Riley Blake Designs.

Thanksgiving Placemat Panels to Sew 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: Fall is my favorite color, Happy Thanksgiving and Live in Gratitude.

Hand painted watercolor leaves, pumpkins, a cornucopia and a Thanksgiving turkey in rich fall colors will make these perfect for your autumn table.

I don’t usually remember exactly when I paint something but I will always remember when this turkey came to be. I painted him on Thanksgiving Day 2020. We were all locked down because of Covid so instead of cooking a turkey I decided to spend the day painting one. I love how he came out! See the many layers of the painting in this 13 second video.

autumn placemat panel by Tara Reed for Riley Blake Designs
fall fabrics by Tara Reed for Riley Blake Designs

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.

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 Sew a Casserole Dish Hot Pad – Sewing for Beginners

How to Sew a Casserole Dish Hot Pad – Sewing for Beginners

How to Sew a Casserole Dish Hot Pad

Tara Reed with a Casserole Dish Hot Pad

The Gypsy Quilter gave me a Casserole Dish Hot Pad Kit with Pre-Cut Batting and Insulating Material to try when I was at the Missouri Star Quilt Co. Birthday Bash. I’ve made lots of microwave bowl cozies so I definitely wanted to give it a try!

SHORT STORY: I love it! I didn’t follow the directions correctly – but it worked out anyway.😁

In this video I’ll walk you through what you get in the Gypsy Quilter Casserole Dish Hot Pad Kit and how easy it is to put together.

I’ll also show you where I went wrong and how I fixed it.

This is a great sewing project for beginners.

SHORTCUTS TO SPECIFIC TOPICS:

  • 00:00 How to Sew a Casserole Dish Hot Pad
  • 00:02 Introduction
  • 01:17 Supplies
  • 02:15 Preparing the fabrics
  • 04:21 Quilting the fabrics
  • 06:09 Sew the Darts
  • 06:59 Assemble the fabrics
  • 09:55 Sew the layers together
  • 12:44 Finish the Hot Pad
  • 13:48 More Ways to Use

I’ll be honest and say I almost deleted all the video – thinking, “How can I share this when I didn’t do it perfectly?” Well… we all goof up from time to time, right? The key is to figure out how to keep going – and sewing – which I did.

These are not microwave safe. I love how you can flip them and use either side – so be sure to pick two fabrics you love.

In this example I used two of the fabrics from my Fall Barn Quilts Fabric Collection I designed for Riley Blake Designs.

The fall leaves and fall colored quilt block print are perfect for cool fall nights, Thanksgiving, taking a casserole to a pot luck and more.

SUPPLIES ON AMAZON

Ask for my Fall Barn Quilts Fabric where you like to buy fabrics from Riley Blake Designs.

If you make and post any of these on social media be sure to tag me so I can see! Happy fall, happy sewing and happy casserole season!

🍁 Tara Reed

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