Bow Tie Quilted Placemats tutorial

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Placemats are a favorite item at our house and you are going to love this fast and easy Bow Tie quilted placemats tutorial. Keep reading for a very easy tutorial for making them.

Bow Tie quilted place mats on kitchen table

Bow Tie quilted placemat tutorial

13½” x 16½”

I like to make my placemats a little big as we use them all the time and they get thrown into the wash machine and dryer weekly. The shrinkage varies depending on the fabric and batting.

I am using batiks and poly/cotton batting this time.

Directions for four placemats


  • Lavender 3/4 yard
  • Purple 1/4 yard
  • Dark Purple 1/2 yard (for blocks and binding)
  • Cream 1/8 yard
  • Backing 1 yard
  • Batting 1 yard

Cutting for blocks:

Use the following sizes to cut the pieces for four Bow Tie blocks.

  • Lavender
    • Cut eight 5-inch squares
    • Cut four 2½-inch squares
  • Dark Purple
    • Cut four 5-inch squares
    • Cut two 2½-inch squares
  • Purple
    • Cut four 5-inch squares
    • Cut two 2½-inch squares
  • Cream
    • Cut eight 2½-inch squares

Stitching the Bow Tie quilt block

  • Draw a line diagonally on the wrong side of the 2½” squares with a water soluble marker or a light line with a pencil.
  • Stitch a little bit away from the marked line toward the outside corner.
  • Press to set the seam.
  • Fold over the small square and press.
  • Trim about ¼” away from the seam.
Bow tie quilted placemat blocks
  • Arrange the blocks into two rows with the small half-square triangles matching and sew them together with a ¼” seam allowance.
  • Sew both rows together.
  • Your block will measure 9½” x 9½” as an unfinished block and will be 9 inches in the placemat. 
Bow tie quilted placemats piece the block

Here is the 9-inch bow tie block, it is 9½-inch unfinished.

Bow tie quilted placemats piece the block

Sew the rest of the blocks so you will have four completed bow tie blocks for the placemats.

Bow tie quilted place mats finished blocks

Would you prefer to make just one Bow Tie quilt block?

Cutting for one block:

  • Lavender
    • Cut two 5-inch squares
    • Cut two 2½-inch squares
  • Purple or Deep Purple
    • Cut two 5-inch squares
  • Cream
    • Cut two 2½-inch squares


Add borders to each block to make your placemats. If you prefer smaller or larger placemats, just adjust the size of the borders.

For each placemat:

  • Cut two 4½-inch x 9½-inch pieces and add to the sides with a ¼-inch seam allowance.
  • Cut two 2-inch by 16½-inch pieces and add to the top and bottom with a ¼-seam allowance.
Bow tie quilted place mats add borders

I didn’t pay attention to the way I laid out the center block, some of my placemats face one way and the others face a different direction. Once they are on our table with plates on them…no one will notice.

Bow tie quilted placemats four place mats

Cut your backing and batting and free-motion quilt each placemat. I used a purple 50wt Aurifil thread for my quilting.

Bow tie quilted placemats backside of quilted place mat

Quilt as desired.

Bow tie quilted placemats free motion quilting

Add binding to the placemats using my machine binding tutorial. I am using my vintage 15-91 Singer sewing machine which was built in 1951. This is my favorite sewing machine.

Bow tie quilted placemats adding the binding

Here is my first finished placemat. I ended up using the dark purple batik because it was the only one I had enough of to do the binding on all four.

Bow tie quilted place mats finished place mat

Bow Tie Quilted Placemats tutorial

I have another tutorial for an easy Bow Tied quilt block in a smaller size that you should take a look at. You’ll find large full-color photos showing the steps to make the block using the AccuQuilt GO! cutter.

Tutorial for Bow tie quilted place mats

Mr. Mickey is sitting in his favorite chair on the porch. We still have the small round table that we first bought for our kitchen. We were going to sell it but I put it out on the front porch and it makes a nice place to use my computer so we’ll be keeping it for a bit.

Bow tie quilted placemats on table in kitchen

Last week was busy as we finally worked on our front porch. The yucky blue carpet was replaced with water-proof vinyl planks that match the tile in the rest of the house.

Then Builder Bob replaced the 1960 front door and storm door. It was a challenge as the old door was wood and had been shortened. Thank goodness Bob is good at this stuff!

Originally there was only the storm door on the front and then the wood door inside the porch. I wanted to have the porch open all of the time so we needed the insulated door on the front of the house. The trim all had to be replaced also. I love the extra space we now have!

Replacing doors and carpet

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  1. Beautiful ! I like the variety of not matching the placemats patterns.
    Thank you for sharing your skills and your journey through life with us.

  2. Lorraine Medved says:

    Connie, could you publish the scrappy quilt, I was viewing it and lost it and can’t get it back on your email. Thanks

  3. dell rose says:

    You are such an inspiration and very talented I look forward hearing from you every time
    I love all your work keep it up and that front door looks good give my love to Mr Micky

  4. Nice and pretty. Love the colors and adore your quilting skills. WOW. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Robyn Lidstone says:

    My favourite colours are blue and purple so these placemats are exactly what I would like to make- soon.
    Thanks Connie.

  6. Holly Grande says:

    Thank you for sharing so much with us. I am getting back into sewing since I retired and a begginer in quilting. I’m in the process og making my first lap quilt but have done so smaller wall quilts in the past.

  7. Lovely place mats. Thanks for the tutorial.

  8. Laura Arnold says:

    Love these placemats and they will fit on my table in the sunroom. My table is exactly like yours. I was so surprised to see you had a table like mine. Love your patterns and website.
    Laura Arnold

  9. Darlene Winters says:

    Connie I like all off your beautiful sewing i enjoy it so much and i try to save it and look back at it you are very talent.

  10. Doreen Sherk says:

    I really like your placemats, they are colourful as well an an easy project. Thanks for sharing

  11. As always Connie, your projects and tutorials are so pretty, and practical! Your new home will be so nice, starting over again is never easy but I think that you and Builder Bob are up to it! God Bless for caring for his mother, I know that this is not easy but rewarding. Take Care!

  12. Mary Reid says:

    I just finished reading your latest newsletter, and I look forward to getting them. The new door looks really nice, and the puppies are so cute. One of the door pictures has a grey rug in it, and I love it. Did you make it? If so can you let me know where I can get the pattern.

  13. Love the placemats! The door & upgrades look really nice.

  14. Vicki in MN says:

    You and Bob are making some wonderful improvements to your home. And the placemats just add a nice touch to any table:)

  15. Louise Johnson says:

    Lovely placemats! The house is looking good! I am sure you will enjoy your lorch!!

  16. Cute placemats, Connie, and your new door looks great.

  17. Joan Sheppard says:

    So glad to hear from you! LOVE the placemats! We like big placemats because we make big messes! (Sending lots of hearts with the button!) And then they are also used on trays for the porch, boot drip catchers for the placemats that are moving down the line aor just didn’t make the cut for the kitchen.
    And the door is wonderful. Moving takes time but you are really moving at warp speed!
    Thanks for the pattern!

  18. Glenda Bilinsky says:

    Absolutely love these. I have some purples that I was going to make a table runner for a friend so I am going to modify this place at. Thanks again for another great tutorial.😘