This summer, showcase your machine embroidery skills when you create a set of these patriotic Stars and Stripes Quilted Placemats. Check out this step-by-step tutorial to see how easy it is to use our Stars & Stripes Quilting Collection (#12943) and our StabilStick Template Sheets to create continuous quilted patterns right in your embroidery hoop! You’ll turn fabric and fun variegated thread into stunning showpieces for your Fourth of July or Memorial Day party’s tablescape. From selecting favorite fabrics, to mastering stitch placement, you’ll learn to stitch this project, then be proud to show off your creations to your guests!
- Stars & Stripes Quilting Collection #12943
- Ol’ Glory Isacord Variegated Thread 9918
- OESD Applique Fuse and Fix
- OESD Fusible Woven White
- OESD StabilStick Template Sheets
- OESD Ultra Clean and Tear Plus
- OESD Luxe Sparkle Vinyl in Red, White, and Blue
- OESD Expert Embroidery Tape TearAway
- OESD Perfect Embroidery Press Cloth
- OESD Embroidery Essentials Tool Kit
- OESD Grippy Grid
- 505 Temporary Adhesive Spray
- Front Fabric – 14″x20″ rectangle for each placemat
- Back Fabric – 14″x20″ rectangle for each placemat, additional 7 ½” x 10” rectangle for pocket
- Fabric for Binding
Gather your supplies
Using the templates included in your PDF instrutions, print the designs on paper and save them for the applique stars that come later in the project. Then, enlarge the designs by 20% and print on StabilStick template sheets.
Gather your fabric and batting rectangles.
Mark 1″ from each edge of the fabric rectangle. This will be the edge of your placemat.
Trim the StabilStick Template sheets close to the designs. Position them on the front fabric and plan where you’ll stitch. The Stars & Stripes Quilting designs are continuous. In this example, the first design is placed about 5″ from the lower right corner.
Once you’re happy with your design placements, make horizontal marks to line up with their centers.
Use 505 Adhesive Spray to attach all layers of your placemat: front, batting, and backing.
Peel the paper from the template sheet and stick it down on the placement line. Do not discard the paper backing – this template is reusable!
Wind a bobbin with matching thread – we used 9918 Ol’ Glory Isacord Variegated.
Your embroidery will be close to the edge, so you’ll need to add Ultra Clean and Tear Plus to the 1″ edges of the placemat. Cut (3) 5″x24″ pieces of Ultra Clean and Tear Plus. Tape the bottom edge of the placemat to one of the strips of Ultra Clean and Tear Plus with TearAway Tape.
Use the Grippy Grid to keep your hoop in place while you hoop the quilt sandwich.
Bring up the design and get ready to stitch. Turn off the knotting setting for the beginning and end of the design – it’s already built in
Use the placement tool on your embroidery machine to find the center of your design
Once you’ve found your placement, remove the template sheet and return it to its paper backing.
Bring up the bobbin thread and hold the threads gently while you stitch the first few stitches. Trim threads.
Stitch the design.
Cut one of your long strips of Ultra Clean and Tear Plus in half to measure 5″x12″ and tape to the left side of the placemat with TearAway Tape.
Line up the template sheet with the previous design.
Re-hoop, then use the placement tools on your machine to line up the next design and stitch.
Repeat on the other side (adding stabilizer, then stitching) until the top row is completed.
For the second row, place your template where you’d like the first design to be stitched in relation to the first row. We offset ours to nest between the previous row’s designs with about ½” space.
Add your Ultra Clean and Tear Plus, then stitch until the entire row has been completed in the same way as the first row. Remove excess stabilizer.
Grab your printed designs from Step 2 (at actual size). Tape the printed design to your lightbox or a window, then place a sheet of Applique Fuse and Fix over top. Darkening the star with pencil can make the design easier to see. Trace however many stars you’d like to add to your placemats, keeping in mind which ones will be red, white, or blue. This allows you to get as many stars as possible onto one page and save material!
Press the fusible side of Applique Fuse and Fix to the wrong side of the Luxe Sparkle Vinyl.
Cut out all of your stars and position them on your placemat. Use the scoring tool in the OESD Embroidery Essentials Tool Kit to remove the paper backing.
Stick the stars in place – Applique Fuse and Fix is re-positionable, so you can try out some different options.
Attach an edgestitch foot to your sewing machine, move the needle over 2 to the left, make sure your bobbin matches the upper thread, then use a 2mm straight stitch to attach the stars.
Press the placemat.
Stitch through all layers just inside your 1″ marked lines.
Neatly trim your placemat down to 12″x18″
Cut a piece of Fusible Woven 7 ½” x 10” and press to the wrong side of your smaller rectangles of pocket fabric.
Fold the wrong sides together, then take the upper left corner of your pocket and fold it over at an angle. Press. Tape the fold in place with TearAway Tape.
Clip the pocket to the bottom right corner of the placemat. Edgestitch the left side of the pocket to the placemat and baste the raw edges to the placemat. Remove the TearAway Tape.
Add binding around the edges of the placemat.
Repeat to create your desired number of placemats. Make them all match, or vary the designs and fabrics for extra fun! Set your party table with new placemats, silverware, and other patriotic decorations. Wait for all the compliments from your guests. Enjoy!
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