Hidden-Agenda Pocket Place Mat


Hidden-Agenda Pocket Place Mat


From Playing With Patchwork and Sewing by Nicole Calver


Class Description
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 Length
Four hours


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.


Classroom Preparation
Each student will need a sewing machine; set up common cutting and pressing stations.


Class Outline

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:

  1. Making a nine patch 

  2. Making half square triangles with the 2 in 1 method

  3. Making sashing

  4. Making four patch blocks

  5. Making corner-square triangles

  6. Assembling the block

Follow the instructions on page 47 to demonstrate how to:

  1. Make the place mat borders

  2. Assembly the place mat

  3. Make the pocket and finish the place mat