With November well under way, it's time to start thinking about Christmas! It's Lauren here from Molly and Mama with a quick and simple placemat project made from the Hex Star Die.

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I'm planning to make a whole bunch of these in different fabric scraps. And while you can make them in any fabric you like, they'll be perfect for the kids' Christmas table when made with bright and cheery Christmas fabric! Here's how you make them.

Finished Size

This placement is approximately 14" (35.5cm) wide and 12 1/4" (31cm) high.

Seam Allowance

All seam allowances used on this project are 1/4".

You Will Need

  • Sizzix® Big Shot™ Plus Machine Only (660020)
  • Sizzix® Bigz™ Plus Die - Hex Star, 12 1/2" x 14 1/2" Assembled (661283)
  • 15" (38cm) wide x 13" (33cm) high piece of quilt wadding
  • 15" (38cm) wide x 13" (33cm) high piece of backing fabric in quilting cotton
  • Quilting cotton fabric scraps in three different prints - one for the star points, one for the triangles and one for the four corner triangles. (Use themed fabrics for different holidays or your favourite prints to coordinate with your dining setting all year round).
  • 60" (152.5cm) premade bias binding
  • Quilt basting adhesive spray
  • Needle and thread to coordinate with the binding colour

Let's Get Sewing

1. Using the Hex Star Die template, cut six star points in fabric one and six background triangles in fabric two. Then cut four background triangles (two on the right side of the fabric and two on the wrong side of the fabric, to make two pairs).

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2. Follow the instructions included with the template to sew the hex star block together. First, place the background triangle along the right side of the star point so that both fabrics are right side facing. Sew the seam from the top and stop 1/4" before the bottom.

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3. Press the seam open.

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4. Repeat for all six star points to make six units.

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 5. Join three units together following the included instructions. Then sew the opposite three units together. Continue to press all seams open.  

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6. Sew the two halves of the star together then add the four corner triangles. Ensure all the seams are pressed open, and the quilt block is pressed flat. 

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7. Liberally spray one side of the quilt wadding with adhesive basting spray. Secure the wadding to the wrong side of the backing fabric and press in place. Then spray the wrong side of the star block with adhesive spray, and centre it over the wadding. Press with your hands to smooth the layers together. This forms the quilt sandwich. 

8. Quilt the star using your preferred quilting method. You could hand quilt a running stitch around each star point to highlight them. You may choose to use your sewing machine to stipple the quilt sandwich in wavy lines. I chose the sew a simple zig zag stitch. Using a water erasable pen, I drew a line from the top right corner of the quilt sandwich, to the bottom left. I then drew parallel lines 1 1/2" apart and used them as guides for my quilting. I used a simple zig zag stitch on my machine, set wide and long. But you could use any decorative stitch you like.

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9. When the quilt sandwich has been quilted, trim the excess wadding and backing fabric away, so that the quilt is square. It should measure approximately 14" (35.5cm) wide and 12 1/4" (31cm) high. Now it's time to add the binding.

10. Open the binding fold on one side and place the binding right side down on the outside edge of the placemat (ensuring that the raw edges of the binding line up with the raw edges of the placemat). Use a 1/4" (6mm) seam allowance (or the binding fold line) to sew the binding in place, being careful to mitre the corners and overlap the ends.

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11. When the binding is securely stitched, fold the binding to the back (again ensuring that the corner mitres sit neatly) and press, then pin or clip in place.

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12. Using a single strand of sewing thread in a coordinating colour, blind stitch the binding to the back of the placemat. You're all done!

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Neatly mitred corners make all the difference!

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How cute does the Hex Star block look as a placemat? I'm sure these placemats will get plenty of use in December. And the best part is you can throw them in the machine to wash. Give them a quick press, and they're all ready for decorating duty again.

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You might like to personalise yours with some embroidery, including a name and a date. How sweet would that be? Or use Easter or other seasonal fabrics for holiday themed placemats.

Thanks for following along on another tutorial. Stay tuned for more Christmas ideas in the coming weeks.

Happy stitching, Lauren x

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