Holiday Linens

Create a colorful table covering to add a holiday touch to your dining table.

What You Need:

Give your placemats some holiday flair.
  • 1/3 yard of green-and-red plaid fabric
  • 1/2 yard of red damask fabric
  • 3 - 5 inch squares of assorted green print cotton fabrics
  • 5-inch square of red cotton fabric
  • 4 - 5 inch squares of paper-backed fusible webbing
  • 1-1/2 yard of 5/8 inch-wide black velvet ribbon
  • Matching sewing threads
  • Rayon machine embroidery thread: red and green
  • Machine embroidery needle
  • Silver marking pencil
  • Fabric stabilizer
  • Straight pins
  • Fusible webbing adhesive
  • 16 - 10 millimeter pear-shaped glass beads
  • Red seed beads, size 11/0
  • Beading needle
  • Tracing paper


1. Trace a small holly leaf and large holly leaf patterns onto tracing paper; cut out the patterns.

2. From green-and-red plaid, cut a 12 x 19-inch rectangle for the place mat back, top and bottom borders, and an 18-inch napkin square.

3. Fuse the adhesive to the wrong side of each of the green and red fabric scraps. Trace three large leaves and three small leaves onto the backing side of the green fabrics; cut out the leaves. From the fused red fabric, cut five 5/8-inch diameter circles for berries.

4. Remove the backing from the fused shapes. Referring to the photograph for placement, arrange the leaves and berries on the plaid rectangle about 1-inch from the fabric edges. Set aside one large leaf for the napkin. Fuse the shapes to the plaid fabric.

5. With a machine embroidery needle and a medium-width machine stitch, satin-stitch around the leaf with green rayon embroidery thread. Pull the thread ends to the wrong side of the fabric; knot and trim the threads. Machine satin-stitch the berries, using red rayon embroidery thread.

6. Use the silver marking pencil to trace three small leaves on the plaid front, referring to the photograph for placement. Machine satin-stitch on the traced lines with the green embroidery thread.

7. Sew one long edge of the place mat front to a 19-inch edge of the damask back. Press open the seam allowances. Center black velvet ribbon on the seam and sew the long edges in place; trim the ribbon even with the fabric edges. Sew the opposite long edge of the place mat front to the opposite edge of the damask back. Press open the seam allowances and turn the place mat right side out. Sew velvet ribbon on the seam. Turn the place mat wrong side out. Align the side edges, centering the plaid to create borders. Sew together the side edges, leaving a 3-inch opening on one side for turning. Trim the corners and turn the place mat right side out. Press; slipstitch the opening closed.

8. Use straight pins to mark every 1-1/2 inches along the ribbon for bead placement. Cut a length of red sewing thread, fold it in half, and slip both thread ends through a beading needle. Bring the needle through the fabric just beyond the edge of the ribbon at the first mark. Slip the needle through the loop formed at the opposite end of the thread and pull the thread taut. Thread four seed beads, one pear bead, and four seed beads on the thread. Return the needle through the fabric next to the knot, pulling the thread so the beads rest against the fabric. Make a small stitch to secure the thread and bring the needle between the layers of fabric to the next mark. Take a tiny stitch at the mark and then bead as before. Continue across the border to attach the beads.

9. For the napkin, narrowly hem the 18-inch red damask square. Fuse a leaf on one corner of the napkin. Machine satin-stitch around the leaf with green embroidery thread. Use the silver pencil to trace a small leaf on the napkin, overlapping the fabric leaf. Machine satin-stitch on the lines. Press.

10. For the ribbon napkin tie, sew beads onto the ribbon 1 inch from each end as for the place mat. Sew beads 2 inches from one end of the ribbon. Wrap the ribbon around the folded napkin.


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