We can sew pretty placemats for the Easter table from fabric and leftover felt or boiled wool. The motif is ironed onto the fabric with Bondaweb and simply stitched with zigzag stitch. This is a pretty easy sewing project and a perfect little sewing project for kids.
You can simply download and print out the template for the Easter bunny. Thanks to the Bondaweb, the motif is drawn on the back and applied to the fabric for cutting out.
If you don’t have Bondaweb at hand, you can also transfer the motif to Vlieseline or embroidery stabilizer and iron it on. That works almost as well.
In addition, I show a simple but neat processing of fabric edges. They are not letter corners, but they look absolutely professionally finished.
Download template / pattern
Print the template without scaling at 100% size or actual size, depending on the option your printer driver offers.
Cut out the bunny template after printing.
Free Easter Placemat Sewing Instructions
Material for the placemats:
The motif for the Easter bunny can either be sewn from craft felt or boiled wool if you want to achieve a plush effect. But fabric works as well.
In my sewing project, I cut out the rabbit from boiled wool. It is a little thinner and softer than stable craft felt.
- Gray craft felt or boiled wool (in the size of the application)
- Cotton fabric for the placemat (for two placemats you need 50 cm of fabric with a fabric width of 1.40 m)
- Rest of Bondaweb (in the size of the application)
- sewing machine
- sewing yarn
- Fabric scissors or rotary cutter with quilt ruler
Transfer motif to Bondaweb
The motif is transferred to the Bondaweb using the printed template.
Draw the motif on the back of the Bondaweb paper with a pencil.
Then iron the Bondaweb with the motifs onto the back of the boiled wool or craft felt. (The paper back of the Bondaweb is on top when ironing). Iron the motif on for 5 – 10 seconds at medium temperature.
After ironing, let the fabric cool for a few minutes and cut out the bunnies with sharp scissors.
Sewing the placemat
The placemats are best cut in a double layer of fabric.
With a ruler and pencil, you first draw the placemat including the seam allowance on the fabric:
- Width 47 cm (14.5 inches)
- Length 33cm (13 inches)
Then cut the placemat with tailor’s scissors or rotary cutter.
With a distance of 2 cm (0.8 inches) from the edge of the fabric, draw the lines for the seam allowance on the fabric with a pencil.
Fold and iron all corners of the placemat up to the crossing of the lines.
Fold over the corners and iron again.
Now fold the long and short sides of the placemat to the line and iron.
Fold fabric edges over a again and iron.
With a straight stitch of the sewing machine, topstitch the edges on the top side.
This gives you a neat edge finish that also looks good on the back and is easy to sew.
Applique of the Easter bunny
Peel off the carrier paper from the back of the Easter bunny.
Place the bunny on the placemat and carefully iron. Thanks to the adhesive properties of the Bondaweb, the motif sticks very well to the fabric.
Set a zigzag stitch with stitch width 4 and stitch length 1.8 on the sewing machine.
Topstitch all around with zigzag stitch.
The right needle stitch of the zigzag should pierce the fabric right next to the motif. For difficult areas, I continue sewing by turning the handwheel instead of accelerating with the foot pedal. It is important that the needle is in the fabric when you lift the presser foot.
So easy it’s to sew a placemat with Easter motif.
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