We are going to start the tutorial today with the pockets.
Take your 10 x 12 piece of fabric and fold it in half wrong sides together. Then fold it in half again.
Pin it to the lower left corner of the placemat. You should have two raw edges. Line these up with the left edge and bottom edge. I like to pin the corners...and then in between.
Next take your 6 1/4" square, and fold the top and right edge over 1/4" and press.
(Yes, I originally said to use a 6 1/2" square. I had quilters brain that day. Just cut a bit more off)
Next, fold it over diagonally corner to corner and press.
It is a bit tricky to get that 'bulky' corner to lay flat, so just trim a corner of the bulk off:
Fold the 6" square diagonally (no need to fold over any edges on this one.)
Pin them to the placemat.
You should pin the one with the pressed edges first. Line up the point to the lower right corner of the placemat.
Then the triangle with all raw edges can be lined up...raw edges on the left and bottom edges of the placemat.
Make sure you pin the corners!
Next, you will need a quilters ruler and a marking utensil. I like chalk the best.
On the left hand pocket, line up the ruler and place a mark at 1/2" from the left, then at 1 3/4"
and again at 1 3/4".
My picture doesn't show the markings at all.
But, you are making three little pockets for the knife, fork and spoon.
You are going to top stitch these three markings and very close to the right edge of the left pocket,
and very close to the left edge of the right pocket.
You need to reverse several times at the tops of each of these lines; this will make the pocket stitching not wear out.
We won't do anything else with the pockets. When we sew on the binding tomorrow this will tack the pockets down.
Next take your ribbon and tie a small knot in each end, as well as add some Fray Check or melt the end.
Pin the ribbon so that it lies flat on the top of the placemat then goes over the edge, then back under the mat, where it needs to lie flat as well. I just use one pin, catching the ribbon on the top and bottom of the mat.
Now for the napkin.
Place your 10 x 10 squares wrong sides together, and pin. I tried to skip pinning once and those silly pieces of fabric shifted all over the place!
Sew the napkin at 1/4", leaving a couple of inches un-sewn to turn your napkin right side out.
Clip corners to make for nice points, then turn your napkin.
Now press, taking particular care on the non-sewn portion to get seam allowances pressed in.
Sew all the way around the very edge of the napkin, and again 1/4" from the edge.