Hidden-Agenda Pocket Place Mat
From Playing With Patchwork and Sewing by Nicole Calver
The perfect place mat to either help your child set the table (just insert cutlery into the pocket and you’re ready to go!) or help your child hide his broccoli (just insert broccoli and you’re ready to go!).
This fast, fun sewing project is great for all skill levels and teaches a multitude of skill builder techniques. Including; two in one half-square triangles, corner-square triangles, four patch blocks, nine patch blocks, quilt finishing and making a simple pocket. Each student will complete one place mat as shown on page 45.
Class Supply List
Required text: Playing With Patchwork and Sewing
6 fat quarters of assorted coordinating fabrics for block and place mat backing
2/3 yard background fabric for place mat, pocket and binding.
18” x 20” rectangle of batting or fusible fleece
Coordinating thread for piecing and quilting
TIPS: Kit the project with coordinating fabrics, batting or fusible fleece and pair it with coordinating kits from the two matching projects in the book to make a set!
Or kit and teach this class with one or both of the matching projects in the book to extend the fun!
Extend the length of the class and include a mini class on fussy cutting and the fabrics that work great for fussy cutting! Fussy cuts require more fabric so there’s an opportunity to sell more fabrics.
Each student will need a sewing machine; set up common cutting and pressing stations.
Use the chart on page 46 to have the students cut their fabrics.
Follow the instructions on page 40 to demonstrate how to make the block, including:
Making a nine patch
Making half square triangles with the 2 in 1 method
Making four patch blocks
Making corner-square triangles
Assembling the block
Follow the instructions on page 47 to demonstrate how to:
Make the place mat borders
Assembly the place mat
Make the pocket and finish the place mat