While in Vegas a couple weeks ago, I of course took time to check out a local quilt store, Nancy's, and I saw this pattern for a 4-sided placemat. I could see one of the placemats on display, but couldn't figure out how it could be 4-sided, so one of the sales people gave me a demonstration. Very creative! I immediately knew I wanted to give it a try. After only one error on my part, I whipped through the directions and made a 4-sided placemat of my very own in only about 20 minutes. So I made a set.
The template is pretty basic, but makes it so easy to place on top of a fat quarter and cut around the shape.
Then with 2 pieces of fabric right sides together, sew around one half of the placemat.
In the picture you can see that I have folded back the second fabric to the right because I sewed halfway around the right side, then folded the fabric back on itself.
Add your third piece of fabric on top face down, leaving second fabric folded back and stitch around the other half of the placemat and fold back that third fabric. Below you can see my second piece of fabric on the right, folded back and my third piece of fabric (which is a pieced scrap from another project) is on the left also folded back.
Above I turned back the top right and left corners just so you could see that it was folded back onto itself. Notice that you can see the first fabric showing a little right down the middle.Add your fourth piece of fabric face down on top of the first three, leaving numbers 2 and 3 folded back and stitch all the way around leaving a small opening about 1 1/2" to turn the entire thing right side out. This feels a bit tricky, but once you press it well, it will make sense. Close the small opening with a blind stitch and enjoy.
My girls love setting the table with them and deciding which side should show and even fold back some of the sides to show 3 sides together as seen in these last two photos.