I wanted to show you these strip pieced flag placemats from a few years ago….
waayyy before I had a blog, so no step-by-steps :)
You’ll need red, white and blue fabric, a rotary cutter and mat, backing fabric, fusible fleece or cotton batting (optional). Oh, and an iron – lots of pressing in this project!
I’m sure most of you sewing types out there will be able to figure it out, just from the pictures!! Just in case, here’s a quick rundown: The stripes are all 2 inches wide x the length of my fabric. I sewed them in long sections before cutting them to final placemat widths. The blue piece is 5 inches by 6 inches. All seams are 1/4”.
I made the bottom (4 stripe) section and then top (3 stripe section) separately. Press each time you sew a strip together… be sure to iron the seams toward the red stripes, so they won’t show through the white fabric!
When the top and bottom striped sections are finished, cut the bottom stripes to 18” wide. Before cutting the top section, I sewed the blue piece to the left side, then cut the right side (the stripes) the same width as the bottom.
Cut a backing piece the same size as your flag. I didn’t use any batting, but you could use fusible fleece or cotton batting at this point. Sew right sides together, leaving room to turn. Clip corners, turn right side out, press. Topstitch around the edge and be sure to get the opening securely sewn.
I can’t wait to put them out every summer!