After making the Christmas Truck table runner I decided it would be fun to a couple of vintage blue truck placemats. I didn't put the Christmas tree in the bed of the trucks so I can use them at any time.
Vintage Truck Placemats
11" x 15"
I heard that blue is coming back in decorating. Isn't it fun how colors come back around.
We're getting ready to move into our new house and the kitchen has dark blue counters. At first, I thought we would replace them right away but now I am starting to like them.
I have most of my quilt stuff packed away but luckily I had some dark blue batiks and a neat background batiks with blues and browns in it that would work great for the placemat background.
I only had enough of the fabrics to make two placemats which work out fine as usually, it is just Builder Bob and me.
Materials for two placemats:
- 1 yard of the background fabric - cut 4 layers of the background fabric 12" x 16"
- Cut 2 layers of batting 12" x 16"
- Scraps of dark blue, brown, black and white batiks
- Templates from the Christmas truck
- Heat n Bond Lite
Did you see the way I did my applique on the Christmas truck table runner? I did free-motion stitching around each applique piece three times.
This time I just stitched around the applique pieces one time. Batiks don't fray that much so I'm not worried about washing and drying the placemats.
I used the applique templates from the Christmas truck tablerunner. The trucks are the same size.
After quilting them, I trimmed each one to 11" x 15". Normally I cut my binding 2½-inches but for these, I was running short on the dark blue fabric so I cut the binding 2¼-inch and it works just fine. Each placemat needed two 2¼-inch by the width of fabric for the binding.
Here is a picture of the placemats with dishes on them. You can't see the trucks at all. Once we get settled in the new kitchen, I'll take some better photos for you.
I have a feeling I'll be making more of these vintage trucks with other things in the back of the trucks. What would you like to see?
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