I’m all about easy sewing projects. I like to make things that look impressive, but are quick and easy to sew.
A table runner and placemats is a quick, easy project and fun for a beginner sewer. Quilting fabrics are usually 100% cotton and are a perfect choice for these tabletop pieces. There are thousands of coordinating fabrics to choose from and can be casual or formal, feminine or masculine, grown-up-fancy or cute and childish.
It’s usually difficult for me to choose one fabric for all the pieces, so this is a good excuse to choose more fabrics for more pieces. If you keep the pattern layout the same and choose fabrics in the same collection you can mix your fabrics. That’s why we make fabrics in collections.
A sample of a placemat and table runner pattern are below. Again, this is easy…a big block with a sashing (a border around the big block) and a border. My samples below are four different placemats to coordinate with the table runner.
It’s easy to make cloth napkins to coordinate. A cloth napkin adds a special touch to a casual lunch or ordinary dinner.
When you coordinate the napkins in a solid color, be sure the color is the same as your original fabric, for example the same shade of red…there are a lot of reds out there (especially at Christmas) you don’t want something that clashes.
I like a colorful table so I choose a few colors in the main fabric to accent the pattern. For example if you used the fruit fabric below for your placemats, you can make napkins in a solid purple, red, orange, yellow and green to pull everything together nicely.