SUPPLIES:  (For 8 placemats)

2 yds. Red solid color cotton fabric (or a Fall color for Thanksgiving)
2 yds. Green solid color cotton fabric (or a Fall color for Thanksgiving)
2 yds. Fusible fleece
1 spool each - Cotton/poly threads: red, green or a coordinating color/monofilament
Bobbin thread
Size 80 universal needle
Embroidery threads - red, green, brown and yellow (or your choice for Thanksgiving designs)
1 piece chalk or marking pen for red/green fabrics
Designs on floppy/card for your machine (6 of my designs are provided in class)
(You may use other purchased designs if you prefer)
Sewing/embroidery machine and accessories
Embroidery unit and hoop
Quilting/Stippling foot (if you have one)
Basic sewing items
Rubber finger tips or quilting gloves

(Optional - if you prefer, use a Thanksgiving/Christmas print on one side instead of a solid color and omit stitching a design.)

METHOD: (download designs before  beginning)

1.  Prepare fabric: cut both pieces of fabric and fleece  13" X 19".  Cut 8" square pieces of fabric and fleece (from extra
section)  for practice “sandwichesâ€�.
2.  Set up machine for embroidery.
3.   Hoop green fabric and stabilizer.  Attach hoop to embroidery arm.
4.   Thread machine with red embroidery thread.
5.   Stitch the Christmas Bell Redwork  design – place it in one of the lower corners.
6.  Next, stitch the Christmas Tree design on red fabric using the colors:  brown, green and yellow.
NOTE:   please watch placement of designs so that they will both be one behind the other after stitching.
7.  Press fleece to the back of one color (your choice) - follow manufacture instructions.
8.  Pin the right sides of the embroidered pieces together.   Make sure that embroidered designs are opposite each other.
9. Stitch around all sides leaving an opening on the bottom side for turning.  Reinforce the corners by shortening the stitches and
stitch one inch on each side of the corner.  Cut off excess fleece and grade the seams and cut corners diagonally.
10. Turn right side out.  Smooth fabric and pin around edges and place a few pins in the inside area.  Press.
11. Stitch around ½ inch from edges catching the opening place in the seam.


Free Motion Stitching allows you to sew in any direction e.g., forwards, backwards and sideways.  Free Motion
means you must move the fabric.

1. Using some fabric from both colors and fleece into 8" square pieces.  Pin together as if it was a placemat.   You will want 2
or 3 of these “sandwiches�.
2. Set up your machine for “free motion� stitching.
3. Refer to your machine instruction book for these instructions.
4. If your machine requires a special foot, use it - otherwise remove foot.
5. Lower the feed teeth.
6. Insert a new needle - I use size 80 universal for most all of my stitching.
7. Thread machine - if you are stitching on green fabric on top, have green  thread on top.  If you are stitching on red fabric on
top, use red thread on top.  For stippling, match the thread to the fabric.  OR - you can use invisible thread top and bobbin.


1. Use Menu V, Stitch 1, Free Motion - ON (go to SET in display and touch MORE until you see FREE MOTION - touch
2. Lower feet teeth.
3. Adjust pressure if necessary - the “sandwiches� must move easily.
4. An open toe stippling foot is recommended - otherwise, remove foot.
5. Place “sandwich� on the machine and lower the foot.
6. Begin in the center of the “sandwichâ€�.  Take one stitch and bring up the bobbin thread.
7. Remember to wear some type of gloves or finger tips — this will help in moving the fabric around.
8. Hold both the top thread and bobbin thread in your left hand and begin sewing moving the fabric and then  using both hands.
9. You will control the stitch length — the faster you move your “sandwichâ€� the longer the stitch.  The faster you stitch,
the easier it is for moving the fabric.
10. Move your fabric as though you are writing W’s.  Pretend that your needle is a pencil.
11. When stitching on the placemat, stipple around the embroidered design - not over it.
12. After practicing on your sample pieces - and you are comfortable stippling - then proceed in stitching your first placemat.
NOTE:  Don’t expect perfection at first.   The more you stitch, the better your technique becomes.  Strive for even stitches.

NOW, THE OLD FASHION METHOD: (for other machines)

1. Set up machine for stitching.  No need for a stitch length setting.
2. Lower feet teeth.
3. Remove pressure foot.
4. Place “sandwich� under the stitching area.
5. Lower the pressure (foot) shaft.
6. Take one stitch and bring up the bobbin thread.
7. Start stitching as though writing W’s.  Again, pretend that your needle is a pencil.
8. You must be very careful with your hands/fingers — don’t get close to the needle.  It’s best to wear some type of
hand/fingers protection.
9. Proceed as in the instructions for the Designer 1.

Ellen Mason - JOY Designs
August - 2003