Super cute watermelon placemats

My mother-in-law’s birthday was Wednesday. She said she didn’t want us to buy her anything, so I decided to make something.

My boss saw watermelon placemats at a quilt shop on vacation and, thinking of me, got a copy of the pattern. The placemats are actually quite easy to make. I fused fleece to the wrong side of the green fabric for the back to make the rind. Then I sewed 1.5-inch strips of red fabric to the fleece side of the placemat using a flip and sew method.

The flip and sew method doesn’t lend itself to quick assembly line sewing, but it did take care of the quilting at the same time as I sewed on the red strips of fabric. Lastly I used straight edge red binding across the top of the watermelon and bias edge green binding on the curved edge for the rind.

I'm thinking about giving these watermelon placemats to my mother-in-law for her birthday. What do you all think?

They turned out really well and I have enough fabric to make more, so I think I may make another set to sell on Etsy.

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