Patchwork Fern Placemat
- Linen fabric, 17”x14-1/2”, two
- Osnaburg fabric, 4-1/2”x7”
- Cotton fabric, 5”x5”, six different prints
- Cotton quilt batting, 17”x14-1/2”, two
scissors, ruler, paper towels, newspaper (to cover work surface), iron and pressing surface, scraper or old credit card
- Sewing machine and matching thread
- Martha Stewart Crafts Botanical Adhesive Silkscreens
- Black acrylic paint
- Stencil brush
- Fusible webbing, 1/4 yd.
- 1. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to apply fusible webbing to wrong side of each 5” fabric square. Fuse squares to front (referring to photo) of one linen fabric rectangle (placemat). Machine-sew 1/8” from edges, securing fabric squares in place.
- 2. Position fern silkscreen on center of Osnaburg fabric rectangle. Load stencil brush with black paint; remove some paint from brush by blotting on paper towel. Apply paint through openings on silkscreen by pouncing up and down. Remove silkscreen to reveal design. Let dry.
- 3. Apply fusible webbing to wrong side of Osnaburg screen-printed fabric. Center fabric on placemat between cotton squares. Follow manufacturer's instructions to fuse in place. Machine-sew 1/8” around edges. Knot thread ends.
- 4. With placemat front and remaining linen piece (placemat back) with right sides facing, and batting on top, machine-sew 1/4” around edges, leaving 3” opening on bottom edge for turning. Clip corners and seam allowance.
- 5. Turn right side out. Tuck seam allowance back through opening. Press.
- 6. Machine topstitch around placemat, sewing opening closed.
- 1. An old credit card or scraper can also be used instead of a stencil brush. Follow manufacturer’s instructions on silkscreen to use this technique when applying paint.
by Rebekah Meier