Spooky Placemat Tutorial

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Hello again!

Can you believe summer is almost over and fall is almost here?  

Around the Midlife Quilter household, my two kids love Halloween.  My youngest is in it for the candy and my oldest loves to dress up and make her own costumes.  She loves all things spooky.

So I decided to get into the Halloween spirit this year and make these cute and simple placemats.  I love them because they use fussy cut squares to make a fun border.  

So I grabbed an FQ bundle of the new Art Gallery Fabrics Spooky N Witchy collection at Missouri Quilt Co. and got to work.

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Here is what you will need to make the placemats. Instructions make (1) 12.5" x 18.5" placemat, but you will have enough fabric to fussy cut squares for 4 placemats--just make sure you have extra fabric for the centers and backing.

Fabric Requirements

One Spooky N Witchy FQ Bundle

One 8.5" x 14.5" rectangle for the center

One 16" x 22" rectangle for backing

One 16" x 22" rectangle of batting

1/8 yard for binding


Cut (26) 2.5" squares for the border.

Sew them together as follows:

7 squares for the top row

7 squares for the bottom row

6 squares for the left side

6 squares for the right side

If orientation matters to you (like it does to me) make sure to lay out your squares around your center rectangle to be sure they are oriented correctly.

Sew your top and bottom rows of squares to the central rectangle. Press seams as desired. (I recommend open, but you can press to the side if you prefer).


Next, sew your side borders on to the piece you just created, as shown below.

Create a quilt sandwich by layering the backing (right side down), the batting piece and then the placemat top (right side up).

Quilt as desired.


Watch this reel for how to easily quilt a spider web pattern.  My method uses only striaght lines, so even if you don't free motion quilt, you can easily recreate this design.

Bind using 2 2"x WOF strips of binding.

And there you go!  You are ready to host your next spooky feast!

I would love to see your work so don't forget to tag me on instagram @midlife_quilter and use #MQspookyplacemat.

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