Tom Turkey Quilted Placemats aren’t Just for Kids

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Sew Up These Thanksgiving Placemats Using Your Favorite Fall Colors!

The incomparable Lori Holt from Bee in My Bonnet has done it again with her “Tom Turkey” placemat. While she designed this for her granddaughter, and suggests making several for your Thanksgiving kiddie table, we don’t see any reason to keep these whimsical quilted placemats away from the adults!





You might choose fabrics that are a bit stronger in color, but even with fabrics like Lori chose anyone would be delighted to sit down to dinner with patchwork “Tom Turkey” placemats.

Tom Turkey Placemat Pattern

The placemats are made with simple piecing and a bit of machine stitching for the turkey legs, then quilted.

This would be a good project for fabric scraps. Or, use up some of your autumn-themed fabrics.

See more pictures of the “Tom Turkey Placemat” here.

Get the free “Tom Turkey” quilt block tutorial here.

Once you’ve made the turkey blocks, the next step is to make them into placemats.

Tom Turkey Place Mats

Place mats found on Sunshine in the Attic.

Lori used her “Blue Plate Special” placemat pattern, but substituted the turkey block for the center.

However, rather than buy that pattern you could easily add a strip of fabric on either side of the turkey block to give it a placemat shape, then layer, quilt and bind it into a little quilt.

Notice the silverware pocket on the right side of the placemat. That would be so easy to make by folding an extra side strip in half (so the fold is at the top, essentially creating a lining for the interior of the pocket), laying it on top of that side strip and sewing it into place while piecing and binding.

If you can’t imagine how to make the turkey block into a placemat, you can purchase the pattern and follow the detailed instructions.

Get the “Blue Plate Special” placemat pattern here.

The “Tom Turkey” block would also make a charming little quilt. Simply layer, quilt and bind it for a 12″ mini quilt, or make it a little larger by adding borders. Or, add a layer of Insul-Bright batting for a festive holiday trivet.

Tom Turkey Quilt Block

 

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