Tools and Materials
- Patterns (see download link below)
- 1/2 yard of blue print fabric
- 6-inch square of a second blue print fabric
- 1/8 yard each of 12 assorted blue print fabrics
- 1/2 yard of white iridescent fabric for napkin, border, and large star
- 1/4 yard of paper-backed fusible adhesive
- Matching sewing thread
- White rayon machine embroidery thread
- Machine embroidery needle
- 3/4 yard of white rattail cord
Download and print the patterns.
Place the fusible adhesive paper-side up on the star patterns. Trace one of each star onto the paper backing. Reposition the adhesive and space the patterns at least 1/2 inch apart. Leave a border around the drawn lines and cut around the traced stars.
Follow the manufacturer's instructions to fuse the adhesive to the wrong sides of the fabrics as follows: large star to white iridescent, medium star to the 6-inch square second blue print, and small star to one assorted blue print. Cut out each star, remove the paper backing, and set aside the stars.
From blue print, cut a 12-1/2-x-19-1/2-inch rectangle for the place mat foundation and a 14-x-18-1/2-inch rectangle for the back. From each of the 12 assorted blue prints, tear two 1-1/8-inch-wide strips from selvage to selvage. From white iridescent, cut an 18-inch square for a napkin and two 2-1/4-x-18-1/2-inch border strips.
Referring to the assembly illustration, arrange the fabric strips diagonally side by side on the foundation rectangle. Pin the strips to the foundation edges and trim away excess fabric strips.
Beginning at the center of the foundation, weave fabric strips over and under the diagonal strips. Pin the strips to the foundation along the edges; trim away excess fabric length. Press the woven fabric. Baste through all fabric layers 3/4 inch from the edge. Remove the pins. Trim the woven fabric to 11-1/2-x-18-1/2 inches.
Referring to the photograph for placement, position the large white star 3/4 inches from the left edge of the place mat. Fuse the large star to the woven strips, following the fusible adhesive manufacturer's directions.
With a machine embroidery needle and white rayon embroidery thread, machine buttonhole-stitch around the large star. Pull the thread ends to the wrong side of the fabric, knot, and trim the thread. Center and fuse the medium blue star on the white star. Buttonhole-stitch around the medium blue star and trim the threads.
Sew a white border strip to the long edges of the place mat using a 1/2-inch seam allowance. Trim the seam allowances to 1/4 inch; press the seams toward the borders. Buttonhole-stitch along the inner edge of each border.
With right sides facing, sew the place mat front to the back using a 1/2-inch seam allowance and leaving a 4-inch opening along one long edge for turning. Trim the corners and turn the place mat right side out. Press the seam allowance and slipstitch the opening closed. Using white embroidery thread, machine-topstitch 1/8" from the edges.
Free-motion quilt the place mat with white embroidery thread. (To free-motion quilt, use a darning foot and lower the feed dogs, manually controlling stitch length, direction, and speed. Before free-motion quilting for the first time, practice the technique on layered fabrics.) Begin stitching at a corner, slowly moving the place mat while the needle moves up and down, gently gliding the place mat in the desired direction.
To make the napkin, narrowly hem the 18-inch square of white fabric. Fuse the small blue star to one corner, following the fusible adhesive manufacturer's directions. Buttonhole-stitch around the star with white embroidery thread.
Fold or gather the napkin and tie a long length of rattail cord around it, knotting the cord about 1 inch from the ends.