Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Charm Madness Blog Hop: Patchwork Placemat Tutorial

Charm Madness at Sew Lux Fabric

Hello and welcome to my stop on the Charm Madness Blog Hop hosted by the lovely ladies of Sew Lux Fabrics!  Today I have an easy peasy placemat tutorial that you can quickly transform a few charms into.  Today's project will use a total of 15 charms, which can be from a charm pack, or like I did, fabrics that are simply cut into 5 inch squares.  I'm using up a couple charms I've received as part of a few charm swaps in the past.  Without further ado, lets get stitching!

Charm Madness Patchwork Placemat Tutorial 2

For today's tutorial here's what you'll need:

(15) assorted 5" charm squares
(4) 4.5" x 12.5" background fabric (I used linen)
(2) 14.5" x 20.5" (for placemat backing)
(4) 2.5" x 42" (WOF) (for binding)
(2) 14.5" x 20.5" batting

step 1


use 1/4" seam allowance, unless otherwise noted

1.  Take each of your (15) charm squares and cut each into (4) 2.5" squares.  You will have (60) 2.5" squares.


2.  Of the (60) 2.5" squares, choose (30) per placemat.  Arrange one set of (30) 2.5" squares into a grid of 6 rows and 5 columns.  This will make the center patchwork portion of our placemat.

step 3

3.  Sew together each row of 2.5" squares.  Press rows 1, 3, 5 seam to the right.  Press rows 2, 4, 6 seam to the left.  This will allow the seams to nest nicely when sewing the rows together.

step 4

4.  Sew all 6 rows together, nesting the seams together for a nice crisp seam intersection.  Press row seams open to reduce bulk.

step 5

5.  Next, take (2) of your 4.5" x 12.5" background fabrics and sew along the 12.5" edges to the center patchwork portion.  Press seams toward the background fabric.

step 6

6.  Repeat steps 1-6 with your remaining materials to make the second placemat.

7.  Baste, quilt and bind as desired.  You will need (2) 2.5" x WOF binding strips for each placemat.


Be sure to check in here for details about the Linky party, giveaways and prizes!  Be sure to check out the rest of the stops on the blog hop for lots of charm inspiration!

Tuesday 3/19 - Jennie at Clover & Violet
Wednesday, 3/20 - Jess at Sew Crafty Jess
Thursday, 3/21 - Rhonda at Quilter in the Gap
Friday, 3/22 - Jenelle at Echinops &Aster
Sunday, 3/24 - Week 1 Giveaway Post

Tuesday, 3/26 - Lori at Lori H Designs
Wednesday, 3/27 - Kelsey at Kelsey Sews
Thursday, 3/28 - Lindsay at CraftBuds/LindsaySews
Friday - 3/29 - Jennifer at That Girl, ThatQuilt
Saturday, 3/30 - Stacey at The Tilted Quilt
Sunday, 3/31 - Week 2 Giveaway Post

Monday, 4/1 - Alyce at Blossom Heart Quilts 
Tuesday, 4/2 - Wendi at prsd4tim2
Wednesday, 4/3 - Elizabeth at Don't Call Me Betsy
Thursday, 4/4 - Ginny at Fish Creek Studio
Saturday, 4/6 - Leona at Leona's Quilting Adventure
Sunday, 4/7 - Week 3 Giveaway Post

Three Ways to Win Prizes

  • Enter the three weekly giveaway drawings on Sundays during the blog hop over at the Sew Lux blog.
  • Link up your own charm project -  Linky post will be open for entries between 3/23 – 4/6.
  • Enter the Grand Prize Winner Giveaway by counting the total number of charms used in all the blog hop tutorials.  Complete the entry form on 4/7 or 4/8.
All entry posts for prizes will be on the Sew Lux blog.


  1. Thanks for the great tutorial.

  2. Such a lovely project, these would be perfect for kids if you used i-spy charms.

  3. What a great project! Thanks for sharing your tutorial.

  4. These are just beautiful - nicely done!

  5. Cute! I want to make my kids their own placemats when they get a little older, I will have to try this!

  6. Aw, love it! Especially the blue binding - very striking.

  7. Thanks for the great tut. I love the linen and the brown color; made that patchwork take center stage.

  8. Love this tutorial Jess - the placemats are beautiful!

  9. Great tutorial. The choice of charms would really determine the mood of the placemats.

  10. what a great idea. thanks for sharing your tutorial.

  11. These are rockin placemats! Thank you for a great tutorial, this is a super pattern. It would be so easy to customize a placemat for each child/person. Thank you for sharing your placemats with us, beautiful job!


  12. Too cute placemat. You could easily set your table for each Season with different charm packs. Love this idea. Thank you. (Maybe I'll do a fun stitch or applique in the end side of each placemat.)

  13. These are really striking - I love them!

  14. great tutorial - these are on my list - thanks!

  15. Love your placemats. I'm always looking for an easy gift. These are great! Thanks!