I especially love coming up with the perfect gift, something just right for someone special and tucking it under the tree. I love a good surprise.
That's why I asked 11 talented bloggers to join me in bringing you the 12 Gifts of Christmas. 12 tutorials, tips and giveaways just in time for the holidays.
No last minute scrambling for the perfect idea, you're going to find everything you need, right here! Plus you'll have plenty of time to make it yourself, make it personal, make it perfect. So let's get started!
Placemats make a great modern gift. They're easy to whip up and the fabric combinations are endless so you can make something personal that coordinates with any decor. Plus, they're fun!
This tutorial shows you how to make double-sided placemats that show off your favorite fabrics and prints.
Finished Size: 16" x 12.5"
Materials Needed to make each place mat:
2 Fat Quarters
4 coordinating prints
Materials Needed to make 4 placemats with 2 different designs:
4 Half Yards in large scale prints
8 Fat Quarters in coordinating prints
4 pieces of batting 18" x 14"
1/2 yard binding
4 pieces 12" x 13" from a large scale print (print A)
4 pieces 2.5" x 13" (print B)
4 pieces 2.5" x 13" (print C)
2. Sew the B and C pieces right sides together.
3. Sew the BC piece to the A piece.
4. For the back, cut the following pieces of fabric:
4 pieces 12" x 13" (print D)
8 pieces 3.5" x 2" (print D)
8 pieces 3.5" x 1.5" (print D)
4 pieces 2.5" x 13" (print D)
8 pieces 3.5" x 3.5" (print E)
4 pieces 3.5" x 2.5" (print E)
5. Sew the small pieces together in the following order:
3.5" x 2" D
3.5" x 3.5" E
3.5" x 1.5" D
3.5" x 2.5" E
3.5" x 1.5" D
3.5" x 3.5" E
3.5" x 2" D
The larger ones go on the ends, the smallest ones, in between the blocks.
7. Now, sew the long 2.5" x 13" piece to the strip you just made, right sides together.
8. Sew the pieces to the large D 12" x 13" piece.
Your pieces should now look like these:
9. If you have an edge that looks like this, trim it.
10. Place the front piece on the batting and place pins around the corners and edges so you'll know where to line up the back piece. Place pins at the seams too so you can match one of them on the back. The back will be wider than the front but no worries, we'll trim that down after quilting.
Use a Hera marker to mark vertical quilting lines about 1" apart, all the way across your place mat.
|The Hera marker makes creases in the fabric. It's awesome!|
Now, quilt your placemats then trim them to 16" x 12.5."
Create binding using the half yard you set aside. You will need two 2.5" strips for each placemat. I use this tutorial by Crazy Mom Quilts to create binding.
Attach your binding (I like to hand finish mine) and wha-la, your placemats are complete!
You now have a beautiful handcrafted gift for someone special in your life.
Who would you make these for? Your mom, your sister, your best friend or coworker? Yourself?
Hopefully you've been inspired and you've checked off one person on your gift list!
Now for the fun part- the giveaway!
Fabricworm has graciously sponsored our GRAND PRIZE giveaway -
a $250 gift certificate!
That's, right- $250! Do you know how much fabric you could buy with that? WOW!
Plus Fabricworm is offering you a 15% discount on all shopping between now and October 25! Woo Hoo! Just enter the code fw12days during checkout.
Now, to enter to win this fabulous prize, simply leave me a comment telling me the best gift you've ever GIVEN someone.
For one extra chance, become a follower of Ellison Lane Quilts (either by email or google reader or friend connect) and leave a comment telling me so. Be sure to include your email if you are a no-reply blogger!
The winner will be announced on October 26th.
If you've missed any of the awesome tutorials in our 12 Gifts of Christmas Blog Hop, never fear; you can find all the links, updated daily, right here.
Every blogger in our hop has a wonderful giveaway too- 12 giveaways in all!
GOOD LUCK and HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
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