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Quilted Pumpkin Placemat Pattern (free pumpkin quilt block)

Just in time for Thanksgiving, make these quilted pumpkin placemats to dress up your fall table. Grab your free copy of the pumpkin placemat pattern and get to sewing!

pumpkin placemat pattern
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Easy Pumpkin Quilt Block

Nothing like a little themed sewing to get you in the mood for fall! (even if it is still 90 degrees outside.)

The good news is this patchwork pumpkin pattern isn’t just for placemats. You could make a mini, quilt wall hanging, pillows, or even a pumpkin quilt by sewing together several pumpkin blocks and a bit of sashing.

free pumpkin quilt pattern

You can fancy up your pumpkins with additional fabric piecing. Strips, squares whatever you wish. anything goes for these patchwork pumpkins.

pumpkin quilt block

For me, I opted to keep it simple and use a single piece of fabric for each pumpkin since we are already well into October and I need to make five more of these placemats.

pumpkin placemats

What is the standard size of a placemat?

The typical placemat size is 18 by 14. This pumpkin placemat pattern comes in pretty close to standard size at 18 by 13.5.

How much fabric is needed to make these pumpkin placemats?

To make this pattern you need about 1/4 yard for the background fabric, 1/2 a fat quarter for the binding, and scraps for the pumpkins. (The pumpkin fabric pieces are 8 by 9.5, 5 by 6.5, and 4.5 by 5.)

quilted pumpkins

Where do I get the free pumpkin placemat pattern?

The link for the free pumpkin pattern / template is under the materials needed section. Click the link, add the pattern to your cart and check out. (takes about 15 seconds for the process.) A copy of the pattern will be emailed to you.

Read on for the fabric cut chart, sewing instructions, and downloadable template.

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Are you ready to get sewing on a few placemats?

How to make the Pumpkin Placemat

Skill level: Beginner Friendly

Time needed: about 2 to 3 hours for a completed placemat. The time will really depend on how labor-intensive your quilting pattern is. I went with a circle/pebble pattern which did take a bit of time. If you are in a hurry, I recommend a crosshatch /strait stitch quilting design. (Check out my rag quilt placemats to see this quilting design.)

Pattern notes: 1/4 inch seam allowance used.

Materials needed:

materials needed for pumpkin placemat tutorial

Step 1: Cut fabric

From the background fabric, cut:

  • 12 – 1.5 x 1.5 inches
  • 2 – 1.5 x 13.5 inches
  • 4 – 2 x 1.5
  • 2 – 4.5 x 3.5
  • 1 – 4.5 x 8
  • 1 – 2 x 2.5
  • 1 – 5 x 6.5

From the brown fabric, cut:

  • 1 – 1.5 x 1.5
  • 1 – 2 x 1.5
  • 1 – 2 x 2.5

From your pumpkin fabric, cut

  • 1 – 4.5 x 5
  • 1 – 8 x 9.5
  • 1 – 5 x 6.5

Step 2: Create the pumpkin shape.

Line up the 1.5-inch background pieces at the corners of the pumpkin fabrics.

snowballing corners of pumpkins

Using a ruler and marking pencil, draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on the 1.5-inch squares. (as shown below.)

pumpkin placemat tutorial

Sew a straight stitch along the line you drew. Trim excess fabric and press the squares open.

how to make a pumpkin placemat

If you have any wonky corners, just use a square ruler to trim the edges.

pumpkin placemat tutorial
assembling the pumpkins

Step 3: Piece together the pumpkin Quilt block.

Use the pumpkin placemat pattern to piece together the rest of the block. Starting with the pumpkin stems. 

Line up the pieces and sew together with a 1/4 inch seam allowance.

Press seams flat.

sewint the sems for the pumpkin placemat

Add the pumpkins.

assembling pumpkin placemat

Keep adding background pieces until the block is assembled.

Pumpkin Quilt Block
assembling the pumpkin placemat
assembling the pumpkin placemat

Step 4: Make the quilt sandwich for the Pumpkin Placemat.

Cut a piece of backing fabric and quilt batting to 18.5 inches by 13.5 inches. 

Layout the backing fabric first, right side down. Place batting on top of the backing and the placemat top, right side up on top.

Baste the placemat together with pins, safety pins of basting spray.

basting a pumpkin mini quilt

Take the placemat to your machine and quilt as desired. I use a circular design, but a crosshatch/straight stitch would be great too. (Similar to what I did on these rag quilt placemats.)

quilting the pumpkins

Trim up the edges of the placemat.

haw tp make a pumpkin miniquilt

Step 5: Bind the placemat.

Cut 2.5-inch strips from your binding fabric. (Enough to give you 80 inches of binding.)

Join your binding strips at an angle to reduce bulk. To do this, line up the binding strips at a 90-degree angle and sew a straight stitch from corner to corner. Trim excess fabric and iron seams open.

Fold the binding strip in half lengthwise wrong sides together and press.

Starting at the center of your placemat, align the raw edge of the binding with the raw edge of the placemat, using straight pins or binding clips to hold the binding in place,

When you reach the corner of your placemat, fold the binding backward, holding it in place it in place, then fold the strip down the next side, creating a 90-degree angle.  (see the video to see this in action.) Use your binding clips to hold the fabric in place.

adding binding to pumpkin placemat

Take your placemat to the sewing machine and stitch the binding to the placemat using a quarter-inch seam allowance.

When stitching the binding on, you will stop sewing right before the 90-degree angle. Backstitch, cut the thread, turn the placemat, move the needle to the other side and resume stitching.

Stop sewing when you reach about three inches before the end of the binding. You’ll line up the two leftover strips of binding, pin in place and sew them together. Trim the excess fabric and finish sewing on the binding.

how to add binding to a pumpkin placemat
pumpkin quilt block

Next, flip the binding to the back of the placemat. (At this point, I like to give the binding a press with my iron to help push it towards the back.)

Use either pins or your binding clips to secure the binding to the back.

Take the placement to the sewing machine and from the front of the pumpkin placemat, stitch in the ditch all the way around to secure the binding. 

quilted placemat assembly

And that’s it, you’re done! How cute is your pumpkin placemat!!!

pumpkin quilt block

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Quilted Pumpkin Placemat Pattern Sewing Instructions

Pumpkin quilt block
Prep Time 30 minutes
Active Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Difficulty easy
Estimated Cost $3

Materials

  • Pumpkin Pattern / Template
  • Fabric (see below for amounts)
  • Ruler
  • Rotary Cutter/ Mat
  • Fabric marking Pencil
  • Basic quilting supplies (slotted ruler will make quick work of strips and smaller pieces)

Instructions

Step 1: Cut fabric

  1. From the background fabric, cut:

12 - 1.5 x 1.5 inches

2 - 1.5 x 13.5 inches

4 - 2 x 1.5

2 - 4.5 x 3.5

1 - 4.5 x 8

1 - 2 x 2.5

1 - 5 x 6.5

  1. From the brown fabric, cut:

1 - 1.5 x 1.5

1 - 2 x 1.5

1 - 2 x 2.5

  1. From your pumpkin fabric, cut

1 - 4.5 x 5

1 - 8 x 9.5

1 - 5 x 6.5

Step 2: Create the pumpkin shape.

  1. Line up the 1.5-inch background pieces at the corners of the pumpkin fabrics.
  2. Using a ruler and marking pencil, draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on the 1.5-inch squares. (as shown below.)
  3. Sew a straight stitch along the line you drew. Trim excess fabric and press the squares open.
  4. If you have any wonky corners, just use a square ruler to trim the edges.

Step 3: Piece together block.

  1. Use the pumpkin placemat pattern to piece together the rest of the block. Starting with the pumpkin stems. 
  2. Line up the pieces and sew together with a 1/4 inch seam allowance.
  3. Press seams flat.
  4. Add the pumpkins.
  5. Keep adding background pieces until the block is assembled.

Step 4: Make the quilt sandwich.

  1. Cut a piece of backing fabric and quilt batting to 18.5 inches by 13.5 inches. 
  2. Layout the backing fabric first, right side down. Place batting on top of the backing and the placemat top, right side up on top.
  3. Baste the placemat together with pins, safety pins of basting spray.
  4. Take the placemat to your machine and quilt as desired. I use a circular design, but a crosshatch/straight stitch would be great too. (Similar to what I did on these rag quilt placemats.)
  5. Trim up the edges of the placemat.

Step 5: Bind the placemat.

  1. Cut 2.5-inch strips from your binding fabric. (Enough to give you 80 inches of binding.)
  2. Join your binding strips at an angle to reduce bulk. To do this, line up the binding strips at a 90-degree angle and sew a straight stitch from corner to corner. Trim excess fabric and iron seams open.
  3. Fold the binding strip in half lengthwise wrong sides together and press.
  4. Starting at the center of your placemat, align the raw edge of the binding with the raw edge of the placemat, using straight pins or binding clips to hold the binding in place,
  5. When you reach the corner of your placemat, fold the binding backward, holding it in place it in place, then fold the strip down the next side, creating a 90-degree angle.  (see the video to see this in action.) Use your binding clips to hold the fabric in place.
  6. Take your placemat to the sewing machine and stitch the binding to the placemat using a quarter-inch seam allowance.
  7. When stitching the binding on, you will stop sewing right before the 90-degree angle. Backstitch, cut the thread, turn the placemat, move the needle to the other side and resume stitching.
  8. Stop sewing when you reach about three inches before the end of the binding. You'll line up the two leftover strips of binding, pin in place and sew them together. Trim the excess fabric and finish sewing on the binding.
  9. Next, flip the binding to the back of the placemat. (At this point, I like to give the binding a press with my iron to help push it towards the back.)
  10. Use either pins or your binding clips to secure the binding to the back.
  11. Take the placement to the sewing machine and from the front of the placemat, stitch in the ditch all the way around to secure the binding. 

And that's it, you're done!