Here it is – the pattern for the placemats!  It’s so simple and easy. Really – 100% a project for beginners…


You can download the PDF here.

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  • triangle shirt

    December 10, 2010 at 9:55 am | Reply

    oh my gosh, i am SO HAPPY to see the pattern posted today. you inspired me to make a set of placemats for my boyfriend’s mom for christmas, and i attempted to do so last night sans pattern, obviously. i’m new to quilting and somehow made about a million mistakes, got frustrated and had to step away from the cutting table!

    i’ll make a posting as soon as i finish them, and thanks!
    ps. looks like the problem downloading has been solved.
    triangle shirt

  • Mystica

    December 10, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Reply

    So elegant these placements!

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  • Susan

    December 13, 2010 at 8:42 am | Reply

    just wanted to thank you for the pattern. LOVE the placemats! I made your other version of placemats from the magazine. Many thanks! Susan

  • Janice

    December 14, 2010 at 5:53 pm | Reply

    Thank you so much for sharing this pattern. I can’t wait to try it!

  • Bernadette

    December 20, 2010 at 3:10 am | Reply

    Love the pattern. Thank you for sharing.
    I have been making my set of 2 for my sister over the last few days. Just starting quilting tonight and having some trouble. I’m doing 1/2 inch quilting lines and they are pulling the horizontal strip in a downwards direction. I tried alternating starting at the top and then the bottom but it pulls one way then the other. The horizontal strip is looking not so straight anymore 🙁 Any tips?

    • Alissa

      December 20, 2010 at 11:18 pm | Reply

      Hi Bernadette – I actually also dealt with the same problem because linen can be shifty… Does your presser foot have adjustable pressure? If so, try changing the settings of that so that there’s less pressure. Also, I haven’t tried it, but maybe spray basting would work better to keep the linen from shifting? In the end what I did was just alternate the direction of every line and rolled with it as a “design choice.” Ha! Good luck!

  • Kimberly

    December 20, 2010 at 1:28 pm | Reply

    Yippee; thank you! The pattern looks beautiful and I’m excited that beginners (such as myself) can make this. I think I’ll use this project as practice before starting my first quilt and the bonus is we’ll have beautiful, useful placemats!

  • Rachel

    December 30, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Reply

    Wow, these are gorgeous! I just discovered your blog via WhipUp and I’m so glad I did. I can’t wait to make these! And I would love to link to them if you didn’t mind.

  • Laura

    January 1, 2011 at 9:19 am | Reply

    Wow! I think this may be the best, clearest, most concise tutorial I’ve ever seen. I don’t do much home dec sewing and I don’t do any quilting so your beautiful tutorial is very much appreciated. I certainly will be making some of these for NEXT year’s gifting. Sadly, I fell down on the job this year.

  • Haylee

    January 7, 2011 at 9:31 pm | Reply

    K these are AWESOME. I love how cool looking yet simple they are. Thank you so much for the pattern, I definitely am going to be making these!

  • Laritza

    January 15, 2011 at 7:21 pm | Reply

    Here is my version:
    I decided not to quilt them as you did and pillowcased them. I have yet to come up with a quilting plan.

  • Lisa

    March 22, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Reply

    thanks so much for these. I started making mine and have completed one so far. they are cool. Mine is a little wonky but I am still happy with it.

  • Amanda

    April 8, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Reply

    Thanks very much for this pattern Alissa. I made these for my new mother-in-law for mother’s day using some funky stripey colours (pics on my blog). I’m so glad to have found some modern quilting ideas.

    Happy Quilting!

  • Chelsea

    May 1, 2011 at 9:37 am | Reply

    Thanks for sharing. I’m excited to make them for my mom and mother in law for mother’s day.

  • Jeannie

    May 13, 2011 at 6:57 pm | Reply

    Love the simple line of these. Thank you for the PDF!

  • Melissa

    April 8, 2012 at 6:25 pm | Reply

    Wow, these are beautiful, and they look perfect for me to try! I just took my first quilting class and am looking for projects that are useful and manageable for my beginner skill level. For the parallel vertical (and horizontal) quilting lines at the end, which foot do you recommend using on the machine — a regular foot or a walking foot? Thank you so much for the PDF!!!

    • Alissa

      April 8, 2012 at 9:23 pm | Reply

      Hi Melissa! For all straight line quilting a walking foot is the way to go. It helps feed all three layers of the quilt sandwich through your machine nice and smoothly. Have fun making the place mats!

  • Kristen

    July 6, 2012 at 7:46 pm | Reply

    Thanks so much for sharing this pattern! I love the simplicity and the straight lines. 🙂

  • Katharine

    September 21, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Reply

    Hi there.

    I used this pattern to make a set of six placemats to give as part of a wedding gift.

    I wanted to post some pictures, but can’t seem to figure out how to do so.

    Thanks again for making the pattern available.


  • Jan

    September 28, 2012 at 7:41 am | Reply

    I haven’t sewn in years but I’m working with Trafficking in Persons shelters here in Israel and just got a grant for 6 sewing machines to help 3 shelters setup career development training. Now I need to teach sewing! Placemats are easy to start with but I can’t recall if I use single our double bias tape along the edges. I think double..can you confirm?

    • Alissa

      September 28, 2012 at 7:51 am | Reply

      Hi Jan,

      I use binding that just has a single fold… you can see a good tutorial for how I make it here. Thanks!

  • Louise Watson

    November 22, 2013 at 7:04 am | Reply

    Hi Alissa,

    I just tried to download the PDF pattern for these placemats, but I can’t access the page from my computer. (I don’t know if the link is broken or if it’s my computer!) Would you be able to send it to me at my e-mail address? I think these are absolutely beautiful and I would like to make a set using Christmas colors. Thanks, Alissa.

  • Jane

    October 28, 2015 at 9:54 am | Reply

    What size seam allowance did you use on these placemats?

    • Alissa

      November 16, 2015 at 8:21 am | Reply

      Thanks so much – I always use a quarter inch seam allowance when piecing.

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