Cheap n’ Cheerful Gift for pets- pet placemats! Great for hoomans too!

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    Need a quick gift for a favorite pet parent and their fur kid, or your own? A super quick tute for a fun placemat you can customize with your pet’s name. Works for human kids too, lol!

    You don’t need a lot of time or supplies for these, just some smaller pieces of fabric & batting (you can even use frankensteined (thanks Cathy for the correct terminology hehe!)- stitched together scraps- of batting if you want). I’m not going to list supplies, just read thru the following and you’ll get the idea, it’s open to interpretation too of course depending on how fancy you want to get!

    You will need some fusible web, I used Heat n’ Bond Ultra– so the letters/paw prints adhere and stay put without fussing with stitching around them, as these will likely get washed a lot if your pets are as messy eaters as ours are!

    Download the letters template here & print out at 100% size (or smaller if you want smaller letters). You’ll notice they’re backwards, you’ll be tracing them onto the back/paper side of the fusible web so they will read correctly once done.

    Finished size is 12.5″ x 18.5″

    So here’s the cheap n’ cheerful tutorial, let’s go!

    Choose some fabrics, a print for the main front panel and complimentary fabrics for the borders and binding.

    I cheated and just used scrap fabric for the back, the dogs don’t mind, wink!

    Cut as follows:

    Front Top panel (print): Cut 1- 6.5″ x 16.5″

    Front Name panel (solid): Cut 1- 4.5″ x 16.5″

    Borders: Cut 2- 1.5″ x 10.5″, Cut 2- 1.5″ x 18.5″

    Backing: Cut 1- 13″ x 19″

    Batting: Cut 1- 13″ x 19″

    Binding: Cut 2- 2.5″x WOF (width of fabric) or whatever width you prefer to use

    Letters & paw prints– use a solid that has good contrast with the colour of the name panel section, I used Black Kona solid

    Start by tracing your pet’s name letters, and paw prints if desired, onto the back/paper side of the fusible web and roughly cut out each letter. Fuse onto the wrong side (if applicable) of the fabric you chose for the letters, following manufacturer’s instructions. Cut out each letter, peel off the paper backing, and arrange then fuse into place onto the name panel, following manufacturer’s instructions.

    Sew the name panel to the front top panel, right sides together, then attach the borders on the sides, then the top and bottom.

    Make a quilt sandwich with the batting, backing, and top you just made, and quilt as desired. I used the Serpentine stitch on my Janome Horizon 8200 machine (Mode 2, stitch 1).

    Trim off excess batting and backing and square up if needed.

    Make and attach the binding in your preferred method. I did mine by machine for durability, as I know these will get washed a lot!

    Dinner is served!

    Nom nom nom!

    Enjoy! If you make some I’d love to see! Tag me on Instagram, you can find me here!

    With much love & wishing you a very happy holiday season!

     

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