A Festive & FREE Christmas Placemats Tutorial

A FREE DIY Christmas placemats tutorial! This raw-edge applique sewing tutorial includes supplies, steps and a video tutorial PLUS free modern holiday applique templates! suzyquilts.com #ChristmasDIY #placematstutorial

Ho! Ho! Ho! And Meeeerry almost Christmas! It's time to officially launch holiday gift-making season here on the SQ blog. Last week we made adorable quilted ornaments, but this week I have something to spice up your holiday dinner party – a Christmas placemats tutorial!

These placemats use my favorite appliqué technique, raw-edge appliqué. I L-O-V-E, looove this technique!

  • Raw-edge appliqué looks complicated but it's not.
  • You can use your tiny, weirdly shaped scraps.
  • It's incredibly fast once you get the hang of it. (Spoiler: You will get the hang of it after spending 5 minutes reading this tutorial.)

This Christmas placemats tutorial expands on the Bohemian Garden quilt pattern. Inspired by the paper cut-outs of Henri Matisse, it's only fitting that we use those templates with this raw-edge appliqué technique. Why? Because raw-edge appliqué is literally as easy as cutting out paper and gluing it onto fabric.

A FREE DIY Christmas placemats tutorial! This raw-edge applique sewing tutorial includes supplies, steps and a video tutorial PLUS free modern holiday applique templates! suzyquilts.com #ChristmasDIY #placematstutorial

The reason I'm spending so much time trying to convince you that sewing appliqué is very much within your abilities, is because I recently conducted a poll on Instagram asking quilters how they felt about this technique. Can you guess what the majority of them said?

63% said they were scared of any type of appliqué. Can you believe it? That's not you I'm sure! 😉

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But, if it is, and you are a little wary, I'll hold your hand and guide you through the process. I even filmed a quickie video tutorial. Ready? Of course you are! Let's sew!

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Christmas Placemats Tutorial: Supplies

6 Simple Steps to Make Christmas Placemats

If you are using brightly colored placemats like the red ones here, prewash them. I say this not so much because the fabric will shrink (which it will), but because the fabric dye will probably bleed. I don't want you to spend time on a project that will look crummy after its first wash.

If you don't prewash and do have a bleed, I've got an article that will help, but wouldn't it be so much better to not need that article?

A FREE DIY Christmas placemats tutorial! This raw-edge applique sewing tutorial includes supplies, steps and a video tutorial PLUS free modern holiday applique templates! suzyquilts.com #ChristmasDIY #placematstutorial

#1: Trace your template.

With a marking tool, trace the outline of your template onto the right side of your fabric. I like to cluster my templates together so I can use the smallest amount of fabric. This will also allow you to use the smallest amount of fusible web.

As mentioned earlier in the Supplies section, I also traced about an 1/8" outside of the templates because I used a sharpie. Since sharpies are really dark and can bleed, I didn't want any of that ink on my final piece of fabric.

A FREE DIY Christmas placemats tutorial! This raw-edge applique sewing tutorial includes supplies, steps and a video tutorial PLUS free modern holiday applique templates! suzyquilts.com #ChristmasDIY #Christmassewing

#2: Iron on your webbing.

On the wrong side of your fabric, iron the textured side of your fusible webbing. (That means the smooth paper side will be facing out.) If you clustered your template shapes, then you can use one large piece of webbing for one section of shapes.

A FREE DIY Christmas placemats tutorial! This raw-edge applique sewing tutorial includes supplies, steps and a video tutorial PLUS free modern holiday applique templates! suzyquilts.com #ChristmasDIY #Christmassewing

#3. Cut your pieces precisely.

Once your fusible webbing is securely fused to the back side of your fabric, use your scissors to precisely cut out your template pieces. You will not be folding over the edges, so what you cut is what you will see. 

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#4. Peel off the paper and arrange your pieces.

I made some sketches of my placemats so I knew what shapes to cut and where to place them. In these placemats I used a combination of the new Bohemian Christmas templates and the templates from the Bohemian Garden quilt pattern

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A FREE DIY Christmas placemats tutorial! This raw-edge applique sewing tutorial includes supplies, steps and a video tutorial PLUS free modern holiday applique templates! suzyquilts.com #ChristmasDIY #appliquetutorial
A FREE DIY Christmas placemats tutorial! This raw-edge applique sewing tutorial includes supplies, steps and a video tutorial PLUS free modern holiday applique templates! suzyquilts.com #ChristmasDIY #appliquetutorial
A FREE DIY Christmas placemats tutorial! This raw-edge applique sewing tutorial includes supplies, steps and a video tutorial PLUS free modern holiday applique templates! suzyquilts.com #ChristmasDIY #appliquetutorial
A FREE DIY Christmas placemats tutorial! This raw-edge applique sewing tutorial includes supplies, steps and a video tutorial PLUS free modern holiday applique templates! suzyquilts.com #Christmassewing #appliquetutorial

#5. Steam the pieces to fuse them.

You can follow the packaging instructions, which will tell you to use a damp cloth, OR you can do what I do and spray a light mist of water over the pieces then gently iron them until they are dry. No cloth needed. Don't move the iron too much or your pieces will move.

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(In the picture below my iron is not hot. This is toootally posed for the photo. In real life, PLEASE iron on an ironing board or heat resistant surface.)

A FREE DIY Christmas placemats tutorial! This raw-edge applique sewing tutorial includes supplies, steps and a video tutorial PLUS free modern holiday applique templates! suzyquilts.com #Christmassewing #appliquetutorial
A FREE DIY Christmas placemats tutorial! This raw-edge applique sewing tutorial includes supplies, steps and a video tutorial PLUS free modern holiday applique templates! suzyquilts.com #ChristmasDIY #placematstutorial

#6. Sew around the perimeter.

Once your pieces are secure, straight stitch or zig zag stitch around the edges of each one to completely secure them in place. I'll be honest, this is the one part of raw-edge appliqué that could prove a little bit challenging. The key here is to sew slowly with your needle down.

Check out this video to see how I do it.

And that's all there is to it! Now that I have eight finished Christmas placemats, the only thing left for me to do is...

A FREE DIY Christmas placemats tutorial! This raw-edge applique sewing tutorial includes supplies, steps and a video tutorial PLUS free modern holiday applique templates! suzyquilts.com #ChristmasDIY #appliquetutorial
A FREE DIY Christmas placemats tutorial! This raw-edge applique sewing tutorial includes supplies, steps and a video tutorial PLUS free modern holiday applique templates! suzyquilts.com #ChristmasDIY #appliquetutorial

...make a matching table runner! I didn't use all of the Bohemian Christmas templates in these placemats, so there's ample opportunity for me to get fancy. Until I find the time to make that runner, here is a layout example of what I think it will look like.

A FREE DIY Christmas placemats tutorial! This raw-edge applique sewing tutorial includes supplies, steps and a video tutorial PLUS free modern holiday applique templates! suzyquilts.com #ChristmasDIY #placematstutorial

If you loved this Matisse-inspired look and appliqué process, pick up the Bohemian Garden quilt pattern. This party doesn't have to end! Do you love appliqué? Have any cool tips or tools? Let us know in the comments!

A FREE DIY Christmas placemats tutorial! This raw-edge applique sewing tutorial includes supplies, steps and a video tutorial PLUS free modern holiday applique templates! suzyquilts.com #ChristmasDIY #appliquetutorial

12 thoughts on “A Festive & FREE Christmas Placemats Tutorial

  1. Ina kunz says:

    Hi! You are my arty friend from home!! Love your work enjoy you!! Thank you for a wonderful and beautiful present!! Wish you an yours a blessed Christmas! Cannot eait for next year, love Ina

  2. Britiney says:

    This is awesome, Suzy! And in defense of my “I’m afraid of appliqué” answer, you didn’t specify that it was raw edge! It’s needle turned appliqué I’m afraid of! I’m definitely down for this! Now, the challenge – can I get these done for my turkey-day table?? You’re the best!

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