Saturday afternoon, I gathered up all the small scrap pieces from my table runner (A Sunset for Every Day) and hot pad.
I created a quick place mat.
I have created and constructed with this method before and I shared a couple PDF patterns on Craftsy.com.
Scrappy Place Mat explains in detail with tons of photos and I used lite heat and bond for this place mat. The PDF Pattern is only $1.00.
and Scrappy Greeting Cards is a similar method, but you stitch the scraps onto card stock. The PDF Pattern is only $1.00.
Both PDF Patterns explain in detail the whole process with tons of photos.
Today, I did not use heat on bond on the backs of my pieces. I want my pieces to naturally fray when I wash them. I am going to share a ton of photos to show you how I made it.
Fabric should be cut larger than you want your place mat to be, by at last an inch or so. I used 80/20 batting (Cotton/Poly).
I selected a tiny stretch stitch on my sewing machine to raw edge applique the triangles in place. You can use any stitch, but I like this one the best.
I am doing this free form, but I decided to do a little planning and pick the spots for the next two pinwheels.
Stitch a line to connect them. Just having fun ... whatever feels right. It's free form!
Here is the back side.
Then I decided to stitch some pinwheels around the other pinwheels, but I could have added more pinwheels. I had lots of scraps.
I ran out of the top thread. I rethreaded my machine with another orangish-yellow, but guess what happened?
I was able to take it all out, without making a hole in the fabric. If it had made a hole in the fabric, I would have appliqued another pin wheel in that spot. It is free form so it would not matter where they ended up on the place mat.
Yep! I like it!
I zig zagged the edge for the binding. Yes it will natural fray there too. If you do not like raw edges you should add a binding.
Ready to serve lunch!
And some photos of the back. It could be reversible.