Got Scraps? Make Placemats!

My Own Quilts, Vintage Linen | January 3, 2018 | By

What to do with all those scraps? I’ve got loads of fabric scraps and even more embroidered linens that I’ve collected. I will admit it’s hard to cut into perfectly fine handwork, but much of it has been used and tattered over the years. I pulled out a few old dish towels that had seen better days, cut out the handwork, and went to town creating some new placemats. I used reproduction print scraps to give these an authentic era feel, but you can use anything you have laying around. They sew up fast and are super cute when finished.

Really, not much life left in the dish towel! I cut out the corner for a great save.

Another great piece of handwork. I did add a piece of fusible interfacing to the back of each towel for stability.

I had to have this one! An embroidered “K’ on a printed dishtowel.

At this point, I dumped out my scraps and began to randomly stitch them together, creating strips that could easily be sewn to the embroidered pieces.

Once I had these pieced, I trimmed them to the same size, about 14″ x 17″.

I collect old tablecloths to use as backings on many of my quilts. I thought it might be appropriate to use this vintage tablecloth as the backing for the placemats, staying within the kitchen theme.

I used a simple crosshatch design on each placemat and was able to place them side by side on my longarm machine.

I cut them apart, sewed on the binding, and viola!!! A great way to re-purpose handwork. I used a double batting layer of Hobbs 80/20 and Glide 40 wt thread. I hope you’ll give these a try, they are quick and fun! Happy New Year everyone!




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    January 3, 2018

    These are beautiful! I need 8 of them!! Thanks so much for the tips on making them.

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    Barbara Kulik
    January 3, 2018

    I love this idea! What a great way to use up some fabric scraps and also incorporate some hand embroidery! I want to give this a try. Happy New Year, Kelly!

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    Barbara Kulik
    January 3, 2018

    I love these!! What a great way to use up some fabric scraps and also incorporate some hand embroidery! I need to get on this with some cross stitch pieces I made over 20 years ago. Happy New Year, Kelly!

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      [email protected]
      January 3, 2018

      Thanks Barbara! Yes, I’ve taken a few pieces I framed from the 80’s and incorporated into quilts. Happy New Year, Barbara!

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    January 3, 2018

    I have some family tablecloths that I no longer use, but I can’t part with them. Now I know what to do with them. My long arm isn’t computerized so I think I will load the placemats at and angle and then use my channel locks.

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    January 3, 2018

    What a good idea to repurpose the old table cloths!

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    Jeanie Bellinger
    January 3, 2018

    Beautiful, they are lovely crosshatched. Come with good memories. Very nice job!.

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    Alycia Quiltygirl
    January 3, 2018

    That is so funny! I was thinking that placemats should be my little *gifts* at Christmas this year – and yours are SO cute!! Thanks for the inspirations!

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    Vicki Sprain
    January 3, 2018

    Such a great idea!! Also, just LOVE that tablecloth that you used for the backing!

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    January 4, 2018

    Love the placemats! We’re having a “something from nothing” night at our Guild later this year, and your idea for repurposing linens will fit right in. You’ll get credit, of course.
    Thanks for sharing.

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    January 4, 2018

    Love these placemats, adorable. You are thrifty and clever!

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    Lisa Harney
    January 4, 2018

    What a fantastic idea. Thanks so much for sharing

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    Warm Quilts
    January 5, 2018

    I think I will also incorporate some embroidered pillowcases that I just can’t seem to part with. Thank you so much for providing such great inspiration – your finished placemats are lovely!

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    Sue Daurio
    January 5, 2018

    Do you know how many table cloths I’ve passed up because they didn’t have enough white space for quilting. Well not any more my friend. Pure brilliance using them for backing. I’ll be on the look out this summer…..great tip!

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    Karen Wilson
    March 9, 2021

    I love these placemats! Had planned on doing sets of them for my girls next Christmas. I will also include napkins I think. Thanks for all the wonderful ideas that you share!

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      March 20, 2021

      They are great fun to make and to have!!

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