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Pretty Pocket Placemat

 

Free project instructions to make a pretty pocket placemat!

Create a sweet and creative pocket placemat to spice up your kitchen or dining room table this season. The too-cute pocket holds your flatware perfectly, meaning you can easily roll up the placemat, throw it in your picnic basket, and enjoy a day in the sun!

Want to learn how to make the project? Read the step-by-step instructions below.
 
 

Free project instructions to make a pretty pocket placemat!


Supplies Needed:

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Loose-weave cotton fabric
  (I used linen)


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Medium weight cutaway
   stabilizer

**Temporary spray adhesive

**Air-erase pen or
   dressmaker's pencil
  (for marking and placement)

 
 


Design Used:
I used the medium size of the Country Heart Border design and the small size of the Country Heart Corner design. Visit the Borders and Corners category to find many more designs perfect for your pocket placemat!

Special Project Notes:
To get a good frayed effect, choose a loose-weave cotton fabric. Linen is a good choice. As the placemat will be washed and dried to achieve the frayed effect, be sure to wash and dry your fabric before starting to preshrink it.

Finished Size:  18" wide by 12 1/2" high

 


Free project instructions to make a pretty pocket placemat!
 
To get started, prepare the fabric for the front of the placemat.

Cut a piece of cotton fabric (I used linen) to 19" wide by 13 1/2" high. Measure and mark 6" in along the top and bottom edges of the fabric starting at the top right and bottom right corners. Draw a line connecting the marks. The area to the right of this line will be used for the pocket. The area to the left of this line is the embroidered area for the main section of the placemat.


Free project instructions to make a pretty pocket placemat!
 

Create a paper template of the design by printing it at full size using embroidery software. If you haven't used software to make templates before, these handy instructions show the steps.

Position the template (or templates) where you want it within the embroidered area. Leave at least one inch of space in between the outer edges of the designs and the edges of the embroidered area (including the outer edges of the fabric). Poke a hole in the center of the template and mark the fabric; also mark the horizontal and vertical axis points. I positioned a border design twice along the bottom edge of the embroidered area.
 



Free project instructions to make a pretty pocket placemat!
 

Remove the template and draw lines connecting the marks.



Free project instructions to make a pretty pocket placemat!
 

Spray a piece of medium weight cutaway stabilizer with temporary adhesive and smooth the fabric on top. Hoop the fabric and stabilizer together by aligning the marks on the hoop with the lines on the fabric.



Free project instructions to make a pretty pocket placemat!
 
Attach the hoop to the machine and load the design. Move the hoop so that the needle is directly aligned with the center point on the fabric. Embroider the design.

If you are embroidering more than one design, re-hoop the fabric for remaining design and embroider the design.


Free project instructions to make a pretty pocket placemat!
 
When the design (or designs) has finished, trim away the excess stabilizer on the backside of the embroidery.

Free project instructions to make a pretty pocket placemat!
 
Prepare the fabric for the pocket by drawing a 5 1/2" wide by 6" high rectangle on the fabric. Measure and mark the center of each side of the shape by measuring and dividing by two. Draw lines connecting the marks -- where the lines meet is the exact center of the shape.


Free project instructions to make a pretty pocket placemat!
 
Create a paper template of the design, poke a hole in the center of the template, and align it with the center point on the fabric. Make sure the design fits well within the shape -- there should be at least one inch of space in between the outer edges of the design and the edges of the shape.


Free project instructions to make a pretty pocket placemat!
 
Remove the template and spray a piece of medium weight cutaway stabilizer with temporary adhesive and smooth the fabric on top. Hoop the fabric and stabilizer together and embroider the design just as you did earlier. Trim away the excess stabilizer on the backside of the embroidery and cut out the shape.

To create the back of the pocket, cut a piece of fabric to 5 1/2" wide by 6" high. Align the front and back pieces, wrong sides together, and pin in place. Sew a 1/2" seam along the entire outer edges of the shape. Sew around the shape again following the first seam -- this strengthens the seam to help hold the frayed edges later on.
 



Free project instructions to make a pretty pocket placemat!
 
Lay the front embroidered placemat piece flat with the right side facing up. Position the pocket along the right side with the right edge of the pocket aligned with the line and with the bottom edge of the pocket about 1 1/2" up from the bottom edge of the placemat. Pin in place and sew a seam following the existing seam along the side and bottom edges only -- do not sew along the top edge of the pocket.


Free project instructions to make a pretty pocket placemat!
 
To prepare the back of the placemat, cut a piece of fabric to 19" wide by 13 1/2" high. Align the front and the back pieces, wrong sides together, pin in place and sew a 1/2" double seam around the entire outer edge of the placemat.

Free project instructions to make a pretty pocket placemat!

 
To give your placemat that special frayed effect, machine wash the placemat (I washed mine on a gentle/speed wash setting with cold water). The agitation will fray the seams, giving a fuzzy and cozy look. After washing the placemat, take it outside and give it a good shake. This will lessen some of the lint and fabric waste that will end up in your dryer. Next, machine dry the placemat. If necessary, press it with an iron set on a high setting; use a pressing cloth over the placemat to prevent scorching.

Your placemat is complete!

Free project instructions to make a pretty pocket placemat!

Create pocket placemats for every season by simply using different designs.


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Products used in this Project:

Country Heart Corner $2.99 - $3.99

Available in 2 Sizes:

4.86" x 5.75" | 3.27" x 3.86"

Country Heart Border $2.99 - $3.99

Available in 2 Sizes:

9.40" x 1.70" | 6.00" x 1.17"

Country Heart Border $2.49

Available in 1 Size:

3.08" x 1.09"

Morning Glory Corner (Vintage) $2.99 - $3.99

Available in 2 Sizes:

4.86" x 4.88" | 3.88" x 3.90"

Morning Glory Border (Vintage) $2.99 - $3.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

9.41" x 2.78" | 5.98" x 1.98" | 3.86" x 1.18"

Flower Flourish Corner $3.99 - $4.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

5.87" x 5.90" | 4.91" x 4.93" | 3.85" x 3.86"

Pretty Little Sweet Pea Corner $3.99 - $4.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

5.87" x 5.86" | 4.86" x 4.86" | 3.86" x 3.86"

Whimsical Wine Corner $3.49 - $3.99

Available in 2 Sizes:

4.86" x 4.85" | 3.86" x 3.85"

Whimsical Wine Border $2.99 - $4.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

9.41" x 2.39" | 6.00" x 1.65" | 3.86" x 0.98"

Wild Side Hamburger Corner $4.49 - $4.99

Available in 2 Sizes:

5.07" x 4.85" | 3.86" x 3.71"

Wild Side Hamburger Border $2.99 - $5.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

9.40" x 2.26" | 6.00" x 1.51" | 3.85" x 0.93"