Halloween is a great time of year to have friends over. Costumes optional, although with some of our friends, it's sometimes hard to tell!
Whether you are having a full-on party, just a few friends over for nibbles or a family dinner, it's fun to put together a Halloween table setting. I've been making a few things to share with you.
Bargello Style Halloween Table Runner
My Bargello-style Halloween table runner tutorial is being featured over at GYCT today as part of their 31 Days of Halloween series. There is my usual video and a tutorial on how to make this reversible table runner.
I'm using the same Jelly Roll today to make matching table mats, although in a different design.
Scrappy reversible Halloween Table Mats
These mats are quick and easy to make and a fun way to use the rest of your Halloween Jelly Roll. Make them any size you like, place mat size, coasters or even another table runner or something long and thin for your Halloween mantle display or entry table. The basic process is the same.
Gather together your materials. You will need:
- Moda Eerie Jelly Roll or 2.5 inch strips of Halloween fabrics
- Orange, purple or other Halloween color for the reverse and binding
- Black or dark purple for the silhouette
- Fusible fleece or batting
- Heat N Bond or other fusible web
- Large spooky silhouettes
- Optional – quilt basting spray
Download your spooky silhouette shapes here
Cut your fusible fleece or batting to the size you want your finished project, or just a little larger, say 1/2 inch extra on each side. Decide on the strips you want to use and the order you want to use them. Cut them just a little longer than the width of your placemat.
Lay down your first strip on the edge of the fabric, face up. If using fusible fleece, keep the fusible side to the reverse. Lay your second strip of fabric face down on top, overlapping the first piece, but offset and slightly skewed for a more interesting and scrappy look. Sew through all layers following the edge of the top strip.
Open up the fabric and quilt several lines of stitching through your first fabric, following and parallel to the seam line you just sewed.
Add another strip on top, off-setting like before and stitch it in place. Quilt the second piece of fabric following the seam line you just sewed. Repeat this all the way across the piece until you've covered the whole piece of fleece or batting.
Trim all sides to square up and neaten.
Cut your fabric for the back so that it is one inch bigger all around than the scrappy piece.
Trace your applique silhouette onto the Heat N Bond fusible web and roughly cut around it. Follow the manufacturers instructions to fuse it to a dark fabric such as black or a dark purple. Then cut around your shape and fuse it to the backing fabric.
Use a blanket stitch, satin stitch or your favorite decorative stitch to secure the applique. You can learn LOTS more about creating with fusible applique in the Fun with Fusible Applique course (see my Oliver the Owl Pillow).
Now fuse the scrappy part centrally on the backing with wrong sides facing. If using batting instead of fusible fleece, you can spray baste in place. Turn in 1/2 inch and press on all sides.
Hand or machine stitch the binding into place. Give everything a final press and admire your scrappy table mats with silhouette Halloween applique. They go just perfectly with the matching table runner and what's more, I've still got more than half of the Jelly Roll left!
What are you making for Halloween? Share your links in the comments below. All welcome!