Love You Placemat Tutorial + Giveaway

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Valentine's Day is just around the corner and I wanted to share this little tutorial for a sweet placemat I designed using Lakehouse Dry Goods' new Sunrise Studio Scalloped Print Panel fabric that's available in stores now.  This scalloped print fabric comes in a variety of colors that all coordinate with their new PamKittyGarden collection (which I am completely in love with!)  Check out The Fat Quarter Shop for a great selection of all of these fabrics (and this is not a paid advertisement :)  I just loooove the Fat Quarter Shop!)


Love You Placemat
Finished size: 17" x 20 3/4"

Materials Needed:
2/3 yd Sunrise Studio Scalloped Print Panel (color: cherry)
1 fat quarter for applique background (red and white heart print)
1 fat quarter for applique (black)
1/4 yard Heat 'N Bond lite (17" wide double-sided fusible adhesive) 
5/8 yard for backing
6" x width of fabric for binding
22" x 26" piece of batting
black thread
Love You template (click HERE for PDF file)

Cutting Instructions:


1.  Cut 4 strips of scallops by first cutting along the printed "log" dots next to each set of scallops.  


This space between the straight edge of the scallops and the log dots is your seam allowance.  


Next, trim these scalloped strips into 4 1/4" wide strips.


Trim two of the strips so they have 4 full scallops plus 1/4" on each end for the seam allowances.  They should measure 4 1/4" x 15 1/2".  Trim the other two strips so they have 3 full scallops plus 1/4" on each end for the seam allowances.  They should measure 4 1/4" x 12".  

2.  Cut four 4 1/4" x 4 1/4" white squares from the remainder of the panel.  

3.  Trim your red and white heart print fat quarter to 12" x 15 1/2".


Assembly Instructions:
1.  Sew the 4 1/4" x 12" scalloped strips onto the short ends of your heart print rectangle with right sides together.  Press the seam allowances toward the scallops.


2.  Sew a white square onto each end of the two 4 1/4" x 15 1/2" scalloped strips.  Press the seam allowances toward the scallops.  Then sew the two strips onto the rectangle unit.  Press the seam allowances toward the scallops.

3.  Trace the "Love You" template onto the paper side of the Heat 'N Bond.


Roughly cut out the words.


Press the words (paper side up) onto the wrong side of the black fabric.


Cut out the words on the traced lines.  Peel off the paper and center the words onto the red heart print rectangle.  Press the words with a warm iron to adhere in place.


4.  Stitch around all the letters using black thread and a straight stitch (about 1/16" inside the raw edges).  Just go slow and you'll be fine!


Finishing Instructions:
1.  Make a quilt sandwich with the placemat top, batting and the backing fabric.  Quilt as desired.  I had my neighbor, Cathy Barney, quilt it for me using Mono Poly invisible clear thread.  She did an all-over squiggly design that doesn't compete with the words or scallops.  I love it!


2.  Trim the placemat (and any excess batting or backing) leaving 3/4" between the tips of the scallops and the edge of the placemat.

3.  Bind the placemat using two 2 1/4" x width fabric strips and it's ready to use!  Serve up some sweet little goodies to your loved ones and they'll (for sure) feel special!


This quick project is perfect for Valentine's Day or any day that you want to say I love you!  

I've got some extra scalloped fabric that I would LOVE to share with one of you so just leave a comment below telling me about any Valentine's Day traditions you have in your family and I'll pick a winner this weekend!

~ Amber

45 comments:

  1. THANKS FOR SHARING A REALLY NEAT PROJECT+GIVEAWAY!
    YES, WE LOVE TO GIVE EACH OTHER SURPRISE VALENTINES IN OUR FAMILY PLUS WE LIKE TO MAKE ICE CREAM SUNDAES!

    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  2. Cute mat! We don't have any traditions anymore. When I lived closer to my parents my dad would bring me over a box of candy on his way to work.

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  3. Such a sweet project! Thanks for the tutorial! Valentines for us is always filled with fun treats, heart shaped biscuits or pancakes, heart cookies, etc. I always get my hubby some sweettarts because he is really sweet with a little tart....

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  4. Thank you for the great tutorial! When my kids were small we would bake heart shaped cookies, frost them with pink frosting and give them to special people in our lives - family, friends and teachers!

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  5. What a sweet project!!! We give each other sweet treats because we all love chocolate!!!

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  6. My husband and I don't have any traditions, but my dad would always buy me a box of candy, even when I was away at college the box would be waiting for me when I got home. He is gone now and I miss that part of Valentine's day and I am 62 years old.
    Kathy Davis
    kdavis1@centurytel.net

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  7. I always remember my Dad bringing home a big box of candy for my Mom-she loved chocolate!

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  8. Lovely placemat. Thanks for the chance to win! When my kiddos were still home I would make everyone their own heart-shaped personal pizza with their own choice of toppings. Something we all enjoyed.

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  9. Just came across your blog from a repost on Instagram! Love your placemat and that scalloped border fabric is a genius idea!
    Our Valentines day tradition started about 7 years ago when my husband had to work the night shift and my kiddos were bummed...we made our own heart shaped pizzas! The kids loved it and now we do it every year! (Saves us $ too by not having to go to a restaurant) lol!

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  10. That is a gorgeous placemat. I love the red and white color combination.

    Our tradition is a special dinner at home!

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  11. In my family we make valentines -- it's usually a week long project because we make them for all 3 of my children's classes, and we have a blast! Also, we eat chocolate. :) sarah@forrussia.org

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  12. We don't have any traditions beyond giving of valentines chocolate treats. I love that scalloped fabric. Thanks for the giveaway! cherisetoweratgmaildotcom

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  13. I love your project. The only tradition we have is my husband brings or sends me flowers. I love them and him.

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  14. Our kids are little, so we usually do heart shaped pancakes in pink.... With lots of chocolate chips ... That is breakfast .... :)

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  15. Fabulous tutorial with great detail. Thank you.

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  16. I like to make a special dessert for Valentines Day dinner.

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  17. Sweet placemat-I love the scalloped border fabric! I don't really have any Valentine's traditions other than eating lots of candy-especially chocolate!!! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  18. I love your project and I'm going to try it. We pretty much just give out cards to each other and not much else, other than hitting the sales after it's over, lol! Thanks for the giveaway!

    tdkcarpenoctem@hotmail.com

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  19. I have a special set of heart plates and dollar store wine glasses that I serve a nice breakfast on. I stay up late, like a santa elf, and set up the table with a lace table cloth and everything. When the kids/hubby get up in the morning they get a nice breakfast on a Valentine table

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  20. Cute placemat! Chocolate is always a hit on Valentine's Day.

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  21. Waking up to find homemade Valentine's is a treasured memory from childhood. Thanks, Mom!

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  22. No traditions we choose to show our love endlessly all year long but occasionally my hubby and I will go out to eat around valentines but not on. It's to crazy getting in to a tester aunt around here on Valentine's day. Love the placemat!!!!!!! I have never seen scalloped fabric like the befor very nice!!!! sonjasmith76@yahoo.com

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  23. Great placemat - thank you!
    No big traditions here but chocolate is always featured!!

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  24. Adorable placemat! My husband and I always went out for dinner on Valentines Day and now our three kids insist on joining us because "you love us too, right?"
    allisonpogany@gmail.com

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  25. Lovely placemat! We do chocolate and flowers! (usually a plant so I can put it out in the garden!)
    mumbird3(at)gmail(dot)com

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  26. ADORABLE! I love the scalloped border. Beautiful red and white fabrics. Loving the "Love you" on top! Thank you so much for sharing the project and where to find them.

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  27. Gorgeous mat and great tutorĂ­al.Thanks for sharing!

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  28. Cute mat and great tutorial.Thanks for sharing!

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  29. This is so stinkin' cute! What a cute Valintine to make for the one you love! Thanks for sharing the directions!

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  30. Great placemats! My tradition is to go for a drive and eat where ever we stop. I send out handmade Valentines to friends and family.

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  31. Your placemat is just adorable! My favorite holiday is Valentine's Day. I always decorate the house with hearts and cupids and even a red and purple LOVE quilt! My sweet husband and I of 31 years usually eat out the day before or after to avoid all the crowds.

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  32. I love this. Thanks for sharing the tutorial with us. I'm crossing my fingers for the giveaway. Camille@focus20.com

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  33. Thanks for the giveaway! I usually leave secret love notes in my boyfriends pockets or bag for him to discover later. We also hang dollar store Valentine's decorations because we are corny like that. :)

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  34. Cute quilt! Thank you for the tutorial and the giveaway

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  35. Cute quilt! Thank you for the tutorial and the giveaway

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  36. What a sweet pillow! When my children were young, I would make them each a very special card and some homemade fudge. Now I'm making the same things or my grandchildren!

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  37. We really don't have Valentine's traditions. Our anniversary is the 11th so we always go out for supper for that. Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win.

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  38. Very pretty! We don't have any traditions, but now that there is a grandbaby in our lives, we'll have to start one!

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  39. I have always celebrated Valentines day just like my mom did,Making something sweet and Cutting out cute paper and lace paper hearts, then dangling them from the trim on the windows.We made a nice dinner together.Since she has passed since 1983 I continued the tradition with my family,4 children later one daughter and 3 are boys,Celebrate with their significant others.I believe its a wonderful time to share your love and appreciation.its not about money ,its about spending time together.

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  40. Thanks for shareing that cute project!

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  41. We don't have any traditions for Valentine's Day, but I love that scallop fabric! :o)

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  42. Growing up, my parents would get me flowers- usually in the form of a plant. My husband and I do our best to spend as little as possible and make something for each other.

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  43. My tradition is to stay home and cook my husband a nice dinner/dessert and I tell my two grown children if they want to go to dinner with their significant others, grandma will babysit! I get to stay home with the loves of my life and they in turn get to have a little quiet time away from the kids.

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  44. Very nice project and tutorial. Pretty colours and ideas for Vlentine's Day.

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  45. I love your placemats!! Love the colors, the material, the LOVE YOU and the scalloped material just adds the perfect touch. I gotta find the scalloped material and make a few sets of these!!! Awesome job and thanks for sharing. :)

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