Turn On The Charm Placemats




Hi there, it's Amanda from Material Girl Quilts and I am so pleased to be back at the Moda Bake Shop today.  I am going to show you how to make a set of 4 placemats, perfect for any wedding shower gift.  And honestly, who doesn't love a handmade gift?!



1 charm pack (Boho by Urban Chiks)
2 yards fabric for background, binding and backing (Boho basic in Meadow)



Cutting Instructions:

From yardage:
Cut three 5" strips (for blocks) and then sub-cut those strips into 24 5" squares
Cut eight 2 1/2" strips (for binding)
Cut four pieces approx. 22" x 16" (for the backings)

Choose 36 charms and cut each into four 1 1/4" x 5" strips as shown below.


Assembly Instructions

*seam allowances are always 1/4" inch

Using 6 strips from various charms per block, piece 24 - 5" blocks, as shown below.  **Note do not press your seams until all 6 strips are pieced together.

 Press the seams all in the same direction.


Now select one pieced 5" block and one 5" background square. 


 With right sides together, mark a diagonal line across the back of the square as shown below.


Sew 1/4" on each side of your marked line and cut on the line between the seams.


Open them up and you will have two half square triangles.  Press toward the background fabric.


Trim all of your half square triangles down to 4 1/2" blocks.  Use the 45 degree line on your ruler to line up with the diagonal seam in the block.


Now choose 12 trimmed half square triangles per placemat.  The best thing about half square triangles, is that there are so many ways to lay them out and get different results.  I chose to use the layout below.


Here are just a few of my other favorite layouts with these blocks.  Play around with yours to see what you like best.


Once you have selected your layout, piece the placemat tops together, pressing your seams in alternating directions per row.



Layer your quilt top, batting and backing and quilt as desired. 

You will need two 2 1/2" strips of binding per placemat.



Four placemats approximately 12 1/2" x 16 1/2" perfect for any new couple in your life!  Now maybe they will invite you over for dinner :)

If you make any placemats using this tutorial, I would love to see them!  You can also check out my blog for other tutorials.

Amanda Castor
{Material Girl Quilts }


21 comments:

Melissa Corry said...

So cute Amanda!! What a fun idea :)

Mimi said...

Great tutorial and your placemats are pretty!! Thanks for sharing!

trish said...

Oh how cute!! :0)

Pamela V said...

Printer-friendly button doesn't seem to be working...

Mary Manson said...

I can't get the printer friendly version either, hope you can fix, or tell us a work around?

Nancy Bowron said...

Very cute! Thanks for showing other options for the blocks!

grandmarockton said...

PRINTER BUTTON not working!!

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Luisa said...

Is there a typo in the cutting of the charm squares? Should it be 1 1/4 inch strips and jot 1 3/4?

Lori said...

These are wonderful. Thanks for showing other options. I was thinking of making placemats with civil war reproduction materials for my son. This would be perfect. But I cant seem to print and the printer friendly button wont let me do anything. Is there a way around this?

Chris S said...

Thanks for showing the other layouts!

Irina said...

Many thanks for tutorial, I just now sew placemats , and your article very much is useful to me: ))

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Wendie Waldman said...

Love these and have put them in my projects binder.

Unknown said...

Love the layout options. Thanks for sharing.

MaterialGirlQuilts said...

There was originally a typo in the cutting instructions. The charms should be cut into four 1 1/4" x 5" strips. The printer friendly version will be updated shortly. So sorry for any inconvenience!
Amanda

loup said...

Love that meadow colour, and the skewed rectangle quilting looks great. I'm going to have to try this pattern!

JJ said...

I love these! Thank you so much for posting. I can hardly wait until I am a better quilter so I can make them for friends and family!!

Gayle Ballinger said...

How very fun! I am going to have to put some of these together for Christmas gifts! Thanks for the inspiration!