Seasonal Celebrations Placemats by Lunch Box Quilts
It was time to update the placemats in the store and since Memorial Day, Flag Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day were upon us, I decided to do a patriotic theme. So, of course, I started with red for the placemat itself. And, then I used the Americana embroidery design on the Lunch Box Quilts Seasonal Celebrations Placemats CD.
These designs are so quick and easy to stitch out. Once you decide what you want to put on your placemat, press the back and top onto the placemat, trim and bind. Since I have been playing with "Slicker" a fusible vinyl from Lazy Girl Designs, I decided to fuse it to the top of the placemat for ease of cleaning.
It is necessary to bind with a bias binding because of the curves, but because I was using a striped fabric anyway, bias was best. I will confess that I did complete the binding on the machine rather than by hand because of the stiffness of the placemat, but this was really easy. I used Clover Wonder Clips) to hold the fabric to the back and then stitched in the ditch from the top.
They turned out great. Lunch Box has a number of different designs for these placemats. Wouldn't these make wonderful gifts for friends, family, wedding shower gift, hostess gift, or just to dress up your own table? You could also use a wonderful piece of fabric alone or even piece a block and fill with a complimentary fabric instead of doing machine embroidery. Let your imagination go. Enjoy!! They are fun and easy.
Product Name: Seasonal Celebrations Placemats by Lunch Box Quilts using "Craf-tex" fusible placemats
Machine: Baby Lock Crescendo by Baby Lock
The pattern and all supplies to make it are available at Green's Sewing & Vacuum