Cookies for Santa Place Mat

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Welcome Santa to your house with a plateful of cookies (and maybe a carrot for Rudolph)!  He’ll easily find your treats on this colorful patchwork place mat with a self-binding back.

The finished place mat measures 12½” x 17″.

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1 Charm Pack OR 1 Moda Candy plus a 4½” square of light coordinating fabric {JOL by Wenche Wolff Hatling}
½ yard binding/backing fabric {JOL 39704-16}
Fusible fleece
Lightweight interfacing
Marking pen/pencil
Needle and thread for embroidery
Embroidery transfer (in the Printer Friendly Version at the bottom of this post) or make your own using a favorite font

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From the interfacing, cut one 21″ x 15″ rectangle.

From the fusible fleece, cut one 12″ x 17½” rectangle.

From the binding/backing fabric, cut one 15″ x 20½” rectangle

From the charm pack, fussy cut your favorite prints into (35) 2½” squares. Trim one charm square down to a 4½” square.

Patchwork Front

Draw a center line on the “bumpy” side of the lightweight interfacing.  This will help to line up the squares neatly.

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Arrange the squares next to each other ~ 7 across and 5 up.

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When you are satisfied with your design, press squares onto interfacing with a wool/steam setting.

Beginning horizontally, fold the first row right sides together; press down with your hand making sure that the edges are even.  Sew a 1/4″ seam along the fold.

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Repeat for the remaining five rows.

Lightly iron the seams to the right.

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Begin the same process for the vertical rows.

When you have finished, the back of your design should look like this:

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Trim the patchwork piece to 12″ x 17½”.

Iron a scrap of lightweight interfacing to the back of the 4½” square of fabric. Print the embroidery text and transfer to the fabric. Embroider using a simple back stitch.  Applique the square onto the patchwork using needle turn or raw edge, using the photos as a placement guide. This would be a good spot to add some charm with a decorative hand stitch around the edge of the embroidered square.

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Self-Binding Back

Press a ¼” hem around the entire 15″ x 20½” backing fabric.

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Fold again 1″ on all sides.

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Unfold just the 1″ fold, and measure 2″ from each corner to create mitered corners.  Mark as shown.

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Fold corners right-side together ~ be sure edges are even.  Draw a line; sew along the line.  Trim close to stitching.

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Push out the corners, and repress the 1″ hem on all four sides.

Insert your patchwork piece into the “frame.”

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Machine stitch or again add some charm with a decorative stitch along the binding edge and your place mat is finished!

Patricia Candee

co-blogger with my daughter Kendra at {sweetmagnoliaway.blogspot.com}

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6 comments on “Cookies for Santa Place Mat

  1. SC Nonni says:

    So darn CUTE!! Love the way you mitered the corners…fabulous idea 🙂 I appreciate that you shared this fun project with all of us.

  2. Arlene says:

    My son would love this. interesting idea for patchwork. I will have to give it a try.

  3. Brice says:

    Thanks for sharing. Great idea for Christmas gifts.

  4. RBrench says:

    Is it reversible? Might look cute quilted.

  5. happysewer1970 says:

    I have used the self binding technique for baby blankets but never for a placemat

  6. RBrench says:

    Just made one! Very cute and easy.

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