Bird Toile Placemats

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As you may remember, a few weeks ago we upholstered a seat cover with a beautiful bird toile fabric. We absolutely LOVE this fabric and had almost a yard leftover from that project…what to do? With Thanksgiving upon us next week, Alberto thought that it would make beautiful placemats for our dining room table. All we needed to do is stop by the fabric store to pick out a fabric for the backside of the mats and the accent stripe we wanted to have. They turned out really nicely!

Here’s what we used to make the placemats:

  • 1-yard of toile fabric
  • 1/2-yard of solid fabric and matching thread
  • 1-yard of iron-on batting
  • Newspaper

NOTE: 1-yard of fabric will produce the frontside of 6 placemats with little leftover. We use a different fabric for the back of the mats.

This is what we needed to put it together:

  • Sewing machine
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Yard stick, pen and scissors

Let’s make some placemats!


  • Before doing anything, wash the fabrics. Fabrics shrink at different rates and this step will help the placemats maitain their shapes through future washings.
  • Using the newspaper, measure and cut out a 18 1/2-inch x 13 1/2-inch rectangle for the bottom of the placemat,  and label it (1).
  • Next, measure and cut out a 17-inch x 13 1/2-inch rectangle for the top of the placemat. This will be the second one pattern, (2).
  • Now, measure and cut out a 2 1/2-inch x 13 1/2-inch rectangle for the top accent stripe, that’s pattern (3).
  • Finally, measure and cut out a 17 1/2-inch x 12 1/2-inch rectangle for the batting and label it (4).
  • Pin the pattern for the bottom pattern (1) to one corner of the solid fabric, and cut 6 pieces of the fabric to size. Still using the solid fabric, pin the pattern for the accent (3) to the solid fabric, and cut 6 pieces.
  • For the front side, pin the (2) pattern for the top of one corner of the patterned fabric, and cut the fabric to size. Repeat this step five more times.
  • Finally, pin the pattern for the batting (4) to the batting, and cut 6 pieces.

Sew, Sew Easy!


  • To start sewing them together, place one of the top pieces face up on the table, and put an accent piece face down on the left end of the patterned fabric. Now, pin the pieces in place, and connect the two by sewing a 1/2-inch seam on the outside of the pieces.
  • Placing the pieces face down on the ironing board, iron the seam toward the accent piece. Sew the seam in place about 1/8-inch from the actual seam. Repeat for the other five pieces.


  • Next, place one of the finished tops face up on the table, and place a bottom piece of the solid fabric face down on top of the first piece. Pin the pieces in place.
  • Starting on the bottom, sew the two pieces together by sewing a 1/2-inch seam around the edges. Leave about a 3-inch opening on the bottom.
  • Put a piece of batting against the top piece, and turn the placemat inside out. Iron the placemat flat, setting the batting, taking special care to ensure the open edges at the bottom are folded inside the placemat. Repeat the last two steps for the other five pieces.

Cocktail Break!

As I said before, Thanksgiving is just a week away. I have to admit that I’m a little unprepared, but I’m definitely looking forward to the food. Just the thought of turkey, dressing and cranberry sauce makes my mouth water. Alberto must have been thinking the same thing because he came up with a turkey cranberry cocktail (Wild Turkey, that is) with a sprig of rosemary. It’s called the Loopy Turkey, and it’s very tasty drink.  This is the perfect start to the holiday festivities!

It’s all about the details!

  • Starting about 1-inch in front of the opening, sew a 1/4-inch seam around the edges. This step will close the opening as well as add a little detailed frame to the placemats. Repeat for the rest of the mats.

These mats came out great and they’ll compliment our table very well! We always find that fabric choices can make or break a project…in this case the fabric really gave personality to these mats. I’m so glad that Alberto has a good eye for this kind of stuff! Now onto the next project for our holiday table…


5 Responses to Bird Toile Placemats

  1. Joyce says:

    I don’t know what I love more, your projects or your cocktail breaks!

  2. Julia says:

    where in the world did you find the bird toile document fabric? It’s what I have been looking for!!! I must have some!

  3. Tiffany Kotz says:

    This fabric is exactly what I need! I don’t see it on the Calico Corners website. I don’t suppose your store still has some and I could buy it from them or you?? Please help! I’ll take a picture of this in to my local store…


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