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Jul 3, 2013

Fourth of July Picnic Placemat





Fourth of July Picnic Placemat


Supplies:
Fabric A: 6.5" x 6.5" (white patriotic print)
Fabric B: Fat Quarter cut into two peices 5 3/4" x 6.5"   11.5" x 14" (stripes of red, white, & blue)
Fabric C: Fat Quarter for backing cut to 12.5" x 15" (Any patriotic print)
Fabric D: Fat Eighth (1/2  of a Fat Quarter) for binding (blue star patriotic print) 

I found some awesome striped fabric that just screamed American Flag! So, off I flew with the idea to make placemats for our 4th of July feast.

I started off counting the stripes to determine how large of a square to cut for the traditional stars square. For a normal flag you need 13 stripes done to represent the original 13 colonies. 7 stripes on top. 6 below the star square. It starts and ends with a red stripe. I measured the fabric from 1/4" off the red stripe to just past the 4th red stripe to figure out how large my white star fabric square should be. 6.5" was my magical number. So, I cut a 5 3/4" x 6.5" square. I also measured from 1/4" into the 4th red stripe down to a 1/4" into 7th red stripe to figure out how much more of the striped fabric I would need directly underneath the star square. 5.5" x 6.5".
                                                     

Sew the two squares together to make 1 piece of fabric. Iron the seam.


Then sew it right sides together with the 11.5" x 14"of striped fabric. It is starting to look like a real flag!

PLEASE MIND THE STRIPES! IF THEY DON'T MATCH UP THEN IT WILL NOT LOOK GOOD. SEWING FROM BOTTOM TO TOP HELPS KEEP THEM IN LINE.
I then added backing and batting measuring 12.5" x 15" I always make it a bit bigger so when you are quilting you don't run out.

Quilting your placemat. If you don't quilt your placemat when it washes it will bunch up and separate. Not a good quality in a placemat. I choose to sew in the ditch on the red stripes.
And then I printed a star from my computer and traced it in my white patriotic print with an iron off Frixion Pen available in our etsy shop. If you don't have one, get one! They are amazing!!!
They are under $3! Just click on the pens.

                   Trace, then iron, then sew! 




Add a 2" binding around your placemat with blue star fabric about 1/2 a fat quarter and BAM you are done! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial on a fun Fourth of July Placemat. Now go out and play!



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