Jacquelynne Steves

Quilted Place Mats Tutorial



Today I am sharing a quilted place mat tutorial,  and you’ll also learn how to make really easy matching cloth napkins. This is a perfect beginner’s project. This project, is shown using my Fruitful Hands fabric line. Here are the basic instructions- refer to my Potholder Tutorial for making and attaching the binding.

My favorite part of this project is the yummy Pear Print, which will carry you from Spring and Summer right into fall…

For each place mat you will need:

  • Pear Print- 9 1/2 x 17 1/2″
  • Orange- 1 1/4 x 17 1/2″ strip and a  1 3/4 x 17 1/2″ strip
  • Green Dot- 1 1/2 x 17 1/2″ strip
  • Stripe for Binding- 3 strips, each 2″ x width of fabric (about 40-42″), selvedges cut off
  • Backing fabric (Green Floral)- 13 x 18″
  • Thin Batting- 13 x 18″
For each napkin you will need:
  • Green Dot- 10 1/2″ square
  • Stripe- 10 1/2″ square

To make the place mat, sew one of the Orange strips to the Green Dot strip along the long edge,then sew the other Orange strip to the other side of the Green Dot strip.


Sew this unit to the Pear print, with the wide Orange strip adjacent to the Pear print.

Place Green Floral backing fabric on table WRONG SIDE UP. Place batting on top of backing fabric, then place Pear print unit RIGHT SIDE UP on top of batting. Pin or spray baste layers together.

Quilt as desired. I did a stipple in the area with the Pears, then quilted a diagonal grid on the Orange and Green Dot strip area.

Trim away excess batting and backing fabric.

Sew binding strips together at short ends, to form one long strip. Bind place mat.


To make the napkins, place the squares right sides together. Sew together, using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Leave a 6″ opening along one side for turning. Turn napkin right side out and press, folding raw edges of opening in toward each other. Top stitch along edges of napkin, 1/8″ from edge.

Click here for a printable PDF of this pattern.

That’s it! Pretty easy, right? I have a very limited number of kits available for this project. Each kit will make 4 place mats and 4 napkins. It is available in 2 colorways- the orange and brown shown, and also in red and yellow. Click here to get your kit.  Sorry- kits are sold out.



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    Posted April 16, 2014 at 11:02 am | Permalink

    so cute!! great way to show case a wonderful fabric line!!

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted April 21, 2014 at 12:32 pm | Permalink

      Thanks, Sandi! It’s a favorite of mine. And it’s so quick and easy :)

  • Jacque
    Posted April 21, 2014 at 2:44 pm | Permalink

    This is wonderful! I’m rooting in my stash for Fruitful Hands scraps! I’ve been wanting to make placemats and napkins, so thanks for the tutorial!

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted April 22, 2014 at 7:17 pm | Permalink

      Jacque- let me know how it turns out :)

  • Sheila
    Posted August 10, 2015 at 1:33 pm | Permalink

    Hi Jacquelynn,
    Thank you for sharing so many nice projects with us I’ve never made placemats before I’d love for this to be my first project at it. Is there a PDF of the tutorial, it’s probably staring me in the face and I can’t see it. Thank you again very much!

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted August 12, 2015 at 8:02 am | Permalink

      Hi Sheila- I could have sworn the link for the PDF was on the page, but for the life of me I don’t know what happened to it! I’ve added it back in.

  • Laura
    Posted November 18, 2015 at 8:19 pm | Permalink

    If you get more kits may I have opportunity to buy?

  • Jacquelynne
    Posted November 20, 2015 at 7:47 am | Permalink

    Hi Laura- unfortunately I don’t think I’ll be adding any more kits. I would suggest that you make sure you are subscribed to my newsletter- if I do add any new kits, my subscribers will be the first to know! http://eepurl.com/GcRHv

  • Posted December 14, 2015 at 4:55 pm | Permalink

    Hello Jacquelynne,
    LOVE your Fruitful Hands fabric. Where might I purchase some? Thank you

  • Betty
    Posted September 13, 2017 at 8:05 pm | Permalink

    I am so glad I found you. I love your patterns! Thank you

  • Posted September 13, 2017 at 10:38 pm | Permalink

    I am interested in seeing more of your beautiful patterns

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