How would you like to make some easy quilted log cabin placemats for fall? I have an easy tutorial to share with you.
I originally shared some Christmas log cabin placemats that I made and mentioned that I would do a tutorial. Would you believe I wrote that post in 2012 and I never wrote the tutorial!
Anyway, yesterday someone sent me an email asking if I had ever written the tutorial and it was embarrassing to reply saying that I hadn’t. So I decided to make up a couple and write the tutorial for her.
Log Cabin Placemat Tutorial
This log cabin pattern is also called Courthouse Steps, thanks Michelle, I should have mentioned that.
I dug into my scraps of batiks to make these beautiful placemats that will be perfect on our table this fall. Since I used scraps, I am not including yardage directions in this tutorial.
The following directions are for one placemat
- Sew with a ¼ inch seam allowance
- All batik strips are first cut into 1½” strips then sub-cut to the size needed
- Choose a contrasting color for your center strip, cut it 1½” x 4½”
- Cut two strips 1½” x 4½” from the dark batiks
- Sew together as shown – this is the center of your placemat
- Choose lighter colored batiks for the side strips and dark batiks for the center strips
- Cut two 1½” x 5½” light strips and sew one to each side of your center
- Always press toward the strip you just added
- Cut two 1½” x 6½” dark strips and sew one to the top and bottom
- Cut two 1½” x 7½” light strips and sew one to each side of your center
- Cut two 1½” x 8½” dark strips and sew one to the top and bottom
Continue adding more strips
I know I took photos of all of the steps for adding the strips but I can’t find the photos.
Here are all of the cutting sizes you will use to make the placemat.
- A – cut one 1½” x 4½” strip
- B – cut two 1½” x 4½” strips
- D – cut two 1½” x 6½” strips
- F – cut two 1½” x 8½” strips
- H – cut two 1½” x 10½” strips
- J – cut two 1½” x 12½” strips
- L – cut two 1½” x 14½” strips
- C – cut two 1½” x 3½” strips
- E – cut two 1½” x 5½” strips
- G – cut two 1½” x 7½” strips
- I – cut two 1½” x 9½” strips
- K – cut two 1½” x 11½” strips
- M – cut two 1½” x 13½” strips
Add a backing and batting and quilt, I always like to cut my backing and batting about two inches larger than the placemat.
I was in the mood for some fast freemotion quilting so I just did a little freehand serpentine stitching. I don’t worry about being perfect.
You can see that I did the “wiggle” stitch along each seam. This is a great way to practice freemotion quilting if you are a beginner.
I had enough of one of the dark batiks to use for my binding. I cut 2½” strips and used this machine binding tutorial to add it.
Most of the time I would use different batiks for each row of the log cabin block but I was a in a hurry so I actually used several of the batiks more than once.
We have a tiny table in our kitchen now so that is why I chose the size of 13½” x 16½” for my placemats. If you would like yours bigger you would continue to add strips.
If you make any log cabin placemats using this tutorial, I would love to see them! It always makes me so happy to receive a photo in my email from someone who has created something with one of my tutorials or patterns!
Looking for a Log Cabin pillow? Check out my Log Cabin Deer.
Would you like a pdf of this tutorial?