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Easy Christmas Churn Dash Table topper and Placemats Tutorial

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This Christmas Churn Dash table topper and placemats tutorial is the perfect quilt project! Are you thinking about making some placemats and maybe a table topper for the holidays?

My Christmas Churn Dash table topper and placemats tutorial would be easy to make and perfect for a Christmas gift or on your table!

Christmas Churn Dash Table topper and placemats on the table for Christmas
Christmas Dash table topper and placemats

Christmas is just a few weeks away and I thought it would be fun to share a fast and easy tutorial for making placemats and a centerpiece.

You’ll see the quilted table topper and placemats made here in Christmas fabrics but you could also make a set in other colors that could be used all year.

Christmas Churn Dash Table Topper and Placemats Tutorial

The place mats finish at approx 12″ x 17″ and the table topper at 15″ x 17″

Christmas Churn Dash placemats on table with a toy truck
Christmas Churn Dash placemats on the table with a toy truck

Click the link below to get a printable PDF of this.

Christmas Churn Dash Table Topper & Placemats Tutorial

It was warm enough outside to take a picture but…..too cold to eat out there!

Christmas placemats out on deck
Churn Dash placemats on deck table

The placemats finish at 12-inch x 17-inch and the centerpiece is 15-inch x 17-inch.

Fabrics:

½ yard – Red fabric
¾ yard – Green fabric
¼ yard – Christmas print fabric
¼ yard – Light print fabric
2 yards – Backing fabric and binding

4 placemats & the table topper

Make 5 Churn Dash blocks

  • Christmas print – cut (10) 3 7/8-inch squares
  • Red print – cut (20) 2-inch x 3½-inch rectangles
  • Light print – cut (5) 3½-inch squares
  • Light print – cut (10) 3 7/8-inch squares
  • Light print – cut (20) 2-inch x 3½-inch rectangles

Each Churn Dash block consists of:

(4) – 3½-inch green/white half-square triangles
(1) – 3½-inch white square
(4) – 2-inch x 3½-inch white rectangles
(4) – 2-inch x 3½-inch red rectangles

Christmas Dash Table Topper and Placemats Tutorial
Churn Dash diagram

Each block will have (4) – half-square triangle blocks – cut (2) – 4-inch squares of white and green prints. Lay the white one on top with the right sides facing each other. Draw a line down the center of the square. Stitch 1/4″ on each side, cut on the centerline, and press. Square each piece up to 3 1/2″.

Diagram for stitching half square triangles
Diagram for stitching half square triangles

Use a 1/4 inch seam allowance.

Sew the pieces together as shown below. Press your seams to the dark fabric or open.

Sew block sections
Block sections

Now sew the rows together. Make (5) Churn Dash blocks.

Sew the rows together
Churn Dash Rows

Placemat Borders

Add the following borders for each placemat:

  • cut (2) – 2-inch x 9½-inch strips
  • cut (2) – 2-inch x 12½-inch strips

After adding the borders, you will add (2) – 2-inch strips and (2) – 1½-inch strips to the right side of the churn dash block. (I forgot to take a picture when I was making the placemats sorry….this photo shows red instead of green. Just reverse the colors.

Add fabric strips to the block
Add fabric strips to the block

Here are the placemats with the strips added on one side in the correct colors.

Churn Dash Christmas Placemats all pieced
Churn Dash Christmas Placemats all pieced

Table Topper Borders

For the table topper, cut the borders from the red fabric. You will need the same sizes as you used for the placemats only in red.

  • cut (2) – 2-inch x 9½-inch strips
  • cut (2) – 2-inch x 12½-inch strips

Add these to the block.

Christmas Churn Dash table topper all pieced
Christmas Churn Dash table topper all pieced

Additional borders

  • Cut (2) 1½-inch x 12½-inch strips of green and add to the sides.
  • Cut (2) 2-inch x 12½- inch strips of red and add to the sides.

You could also use this design for your placemats.

Add borders to the table topper
Add borders to the table topper

Final Border

Next cut (2) 2½-inch x 17-inch strips of the print fabric.

Christmas Churn Dash table topper finished
Christmas Churn Dash table topper finished

Quilt and bind

  • Layer the placemats and table topper with batting and backing
  • Quilt as desired
  • Trim after quilting
  • Cut your binding strips 2½-inches and follow my binding tutorial to add the binding

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AccuQuilt Directions

Do you use the AccuQuilt GO! cutting machine and dies? To create the tutorial you can use the following:

You can also use the 2 1/2″ strip cutter for the bindings.

Cut your fabrics a little wider than the area on the die that you will cut. Follow the directions on the Churn Dash die.

Christmas Dash Table Topper and Placemats Tutorial
Using the AccuQuilt cutter and die

To make four place mats and a center piece cut the following:

  • 20 – half square triangles of the Christmas print
  • 20 – half square triangles of the White print
  • 20 – rectangles of the Red print
  • 20 – rectangles of the White print
  • 4 – squares of the White print

For each block you will need the following:

  • 4 – half square triangles of the Christmas print
  • 4 – half square triangles of the White print
  • 4 – rectangles of the Red print
  • 4 – rectangles of the White print
  • 1 – square of the White print
Christmas Churn Dash table topper and placemats tutorial
Christmas Churn Dash table topper and placemats

I hope you have enjoyed the Christmas Churn Dash table topper and placemats tutorial!

Click the link below to get a printable PDF of this.

Christmas Churn Dash Table Topper & Placemats Tutorial

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12 Comments

  1. Rita Thomsen says:

    At the beginning of this article you indicate that a ‘free’ pdf is available, however, when I click on the pdf you are asking for $5.00 for the pattern. Is this free or not.

  2. Beautiful placemats and topper! Thank you for the pretty pictures and directions!

  3. Irene Bowie says:

    Thank you Connie, I love churn dash patterns and love how it looks in Christmas prints and the way you designed it. I don’t think I will have time to make it this Christmas but after Christmas while I am still in Christmas mode, I think I will make a few for gifts for next Christmas as well as for me.

  4. Vickie Geyer says:

    I thank you so very much for the PDF of these patterns! They will be so much fun to make. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!
    Vickie

  5. Patti Howard says:

    Thank you so much for the patterns! I just love that churn dash pattern and what a festive table set you have shared!

  6. Patti Ziegler says:

    Thank you once again for the terrific tabletopper and placemat pattern downloads! I have an accuquilt cutter and a lot of dies including the churndash. You have provided many cute ideas for using the dies for things other than just quilts and wallhangings. For that I really thank you. Happy holidays to you and your family.
    Sincerely, Patti

    1. You’ll enjoy how fast you can cut out the pieces with your AccuQuilt cutter and dies!

  7. Robyn Lidstone says:

    Thank you Connie. What a lovely surprise to wake up to.
    I like the large sized placemats that compliment the table topper perfectly. The colours of the season are great. Other colour combinations could also blend with decor for each season.

    1. Is the Christmas churn dash placemat not a free tutorial any longer?