Turn On The Charm Placemats

Hi there, it’s Amanda from Material Girl Quilts and I am so pleased to be back at the Moda Bake Shop today.  I am going to show you how to make a set of 4 placemats, perfect for any wedding shower gift.  And honestly, who doesn’t love a handmade gift?!

1 charm pack (Boho by Urban Chiks)
2 yards fabric for background, binding and backing (Boho basic in Meadow)

Cutting Instructions:

From yardage:
Cut three 5″ strips (for blocks) and then sub-cut those strips into 24 5″ squares
Cut eight 2 1/2″ strips (for binding)
Cut four pieces approx. 22″ x 16″ (for the backings)

Choose 36 charms and cut each into four 1 1/4″ x 5″ strips as shown below.

Assembly Instructions

*seam allowances are always 1/4″ inch
Using 6 strips from various charms per block, piece 24 – 5″ blocks, as shown below.  **Note do not press your seams until all 6 strips are pieced together.

 Press the seams all in the same direction.

Now select one pieced 5″ block and one 5″ background square. 

 With right sides together, mark a diagonal line across the back of the square as shown below.
Sew 1/4″ on each side of your marked line and cut on the line between the seams.
Open them up and you will have two half square triangles.  Press toward the background fabric.

Trim all of your half square triangles down to 4 1/2″ blocks.  Use the 45 degree line on your ruler to line up with the diagonal seam in the block.

Now choose 12 trimmed half square triangles per placemat.  The best thing about half square triangles, is that there are so many ways to lay them out and get different results.  I chose to use the layout below.

Here are just a few of my other favorite layouts with these blocks.  Play around with yours to see what you like best.

Once you have selected your layout, piece the placemat tops together, pressing your seams in alternating directions per row.

Layer your quilt top, batting and backing and quilt as desired. 

You will need two 2 1/2″ strips of binding per placemat.

Four placemats approximately 12 1/2″ x 16 1/2″ perfect for any new couple in your life!  Now maybe they will invite you over for dinner 🙂

If you make any placemats using this tutorial, I would love to see them!  You can also check out my blog for other tutorials.

Amanda Castor
{Material Girl Quilts }

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