Breakfast Mat {Tutorial}

On a recent trip to IKEA we discovered some Marit placemats in a neutral cream colour for only $1.50 each. I bought a few as they are perfect for Breakfast Mats. I added a strip of patchwork made from Tumbler blocks and now it puts a smile on my face when I eat my breakfast.

I am going to make up a batch of these as Christmas gifts – perhaps teamed with some homemade jam or preserves. I would love to make a set in Christmas fabrics for a festive breakfast on Christmas morning.
They would be great for kids made up in some bright novelty prints.

If you would like to transform a plain cotton placemat, here are a few tips.
(Note: Cotton Placemats often shrink. If you are concerned, you may wish to pre-wash them before adding the patchwork).


  • Plain cotton placemats – such as Marit from IKEA
  • assorted fabric scraps
  • matching thread
1. I used my Accuquilt Go Baby Cutter and the Tumbler die to cut seven (7) 3 1/2 inch Tumbler blocks. If you don’t have access to a die cutting machine, cut your Tumbler blocks using a template, or just cut fabrics in 3 1/2 inch squares.
2. Stitch the fabric pieces together so that you have a long strip that measures 3 1/2 inch  x (width of placemat + 1 inch). Fold under 1/4 inch on each long endge. Press. Fold under 1/4 inch on each short edge. Press.
3. Pin the fabric strip in place, approx 2 inch from the right side. Stitch in place. Quilt a few lines, 1/2 inch apart.
Bon Appetit!
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  1. says

    I love these. Next time I am in Melbourne I will visit Ikea and grab some Marit mats and make up a bunch of these; some for me and some for others. Thanks for such a great (and economical) gift idea.

  2. says

    What a lovely idea for Christmas gifts. You could use patchwork colours that match the rest of the foodie gift too. Makes something very special out of an ordinary Ikea buy.

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