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Gold Leaf Placemat Pattern

Gold Leaf Placemat Pattern
Gold Leaf Placemat Pattern

Everywhere you look these days, there’s a little splash of gold. If you want to add some gilded glamour to your Thanksgiving table, learn how to make placemats with these Gold Leaf Placemat Patterns. These foil-embellished, quilted free placemat patterns make an ideal gift for anyone who enjoys setting a beautiful holiday table. While the designer traced and hand-cut her leaves, you can also use favorite dies, punches or an electronic cutter to create designs. Thanksgiving is all about traditional cooking and a big family meal. That does not mean you have to keep your décor stuffy, however. Add a touch of gold with these stunning placemats and impress all of your dinner guests.

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Time to CompleteIn an evening

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  • iCraft® Deco Foil™ Hot Melt Adhesive
  • iCraft® Deco Foil™ Gold Transfer Sheets
  • SpraynBond® Basting Adhesive
  • Gold dot fabric (for each placemat): one 11-1/2”x12”; two 2-1/2” x width of fabric (for binding)
  • Gold houndstooth fabric (for each placemat): two 1-1/2”x5”; two 1-1/2”x12”
  • White fabric (for each placemat): one 5”x10”; one 20”x14” (for backing)
  • Batting, 20”x14”
  • Coordinating thread
  • Tools: sewing machine, iron, straight pins, craft knife and cutting mat, leaf pattern of choice, laminator (optional)


Note: Follow manufacturer’s directions throughout.

  1. Place one Hot Melt Adhesive Sheet on work surface with textured adhesive side up. Cover adhesive sheet with sheet of Deco Foil; foil should be color side up.
    How to Make Placemats
  2. Cover foil with pressing cloth or parchment paper and iron as directed. Alternately, place layered pieces inside folded parchment paper and insert into laminator with fold at lead edge. (Note: Designer used laminator and ran pieces through machine multiple times to create more distressed effect.) Let cool completely; peel away foil sheet.
  3. Cut out leaf pattern. Trace twice onto paper side of foil-covered adhesive sheet, positioning leaves in attractive arrangement so that negative image may be used on second placemat.
    How to Make Placemats
  4. Using craft knife with new blade, very carefully cut around leaves on traced lines. Keep cuts as neat as possible.
    How to Make Placemats
  5. Set aside foil leaves and negative.
    How to Make Placemats
  6. Gather fabric pieces for placemat.
    How to Make Placemats
  7. Using 1/4” seams, sew short houndstooth strips to short ends of 5”x10” white panel. Press seams toward patterned strips.
    How to Make Placemats
  8. Sew long houndstooth strips to long panel ends. Press seams toward patterned strips.
    How to Make Placemats
  9. Sew dot fabric panel to houndstooth/white panel. Press seam toward patterned strips.
    How to Make Placemats
  10. Using SpraynBond Basting Adhesive, make quilt “sandwich” of backing fabric, wrong side up, batting and placemat top. Machine-quilt layers together as desired.
    How to Make Placemats
  11. To create binding strip for placemat, join ends of gold dot strips together at 90° angle with right sides together. Sew diagonal seam from corner to corner where strips intersect.
    How to Make Placemats
  12. Trim excess fabric 1/4" from stitch line and press seams open to create one long, continuous strip. Fold binding strip in half lengthwise, wrong sides together, and press.
  13. Bind placemat edges using favorite binding method. Many tutorials are available online, including video tutorials; search “how to bind a quilt.”
  14. Position foil leaves on white panel. Cover foil with pressing cloth or parchment paper and iron as directed.
  15. Trim foil negative to fit white panel on a second placemat. Repeat Step 14 to apply foil to fabric.
    How to Make Placemats


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