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Hello
I would like to make placemats and have the Finished Size 19" across(width)and 14" long(length).
Q1: To do seam allowance do I add a half an inch on each side for the width and for the length??
Q2:Would I cut out 21" x 16" piece of fabric.???
Q3: What would you suggest to put in between for the layer??
I would sew right sides tog. then turn right side out.
Thank you B.

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Thanks for writing I hope I can help.

There are many ways to make placemats. I will stick to your questions below.

I would like to make placemats and have the Finished Size 19" across(width)and 14" long(length).
Q1: To do seam allowance do I add a half an inch on each side for the width and for the length??
Yes 1/2" seam allowance is easier thatn 5/8 or 3/4"

Q2:Would I cut out 21" x 16" piece of fabric.???
Your cut piece would be 20 across by 15" long

Q3: What would you suggest to put in between for the layer??
We like to use interlining for draperies in between the layers. You could also use a flannel cloth fabric. Stitch to the wrong side of the top of the placemat fabric.

Q4:I would sew right sides tog. then turn right side out?
Yes, then you would stitch the right sides together but leave and opening to do this.
I like to cover a micro cord with contrast fabric and stitch that onto the edge of the placemat prior to stitching right side together. This gives the edges a nice finish and the back fabric does not roll to the front.

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All about home decor sewing, with many tips and trick on how to make a finished project look like a professional was hired to sew them. Specialize in "home decor" sewing. From how to measure, to how to cut and sew. Slipcovers, deocrative pillows, bedding, table accessories, drapery toppers, top treatments and more... Please do not ask me questions about clothing or trouble shooting sewing machines. I appreciate if you ask about home decor sewing.

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Started sewing at the young age of 10 years. In 1986 opened up my own Designer Sewing Workroom, in 1998 started teaching workshops and classes to others in my Industry. In 1998 established Slipcover America Inc, produced 3 DVDs and 3 CDS. I have traveled to the American Sewing Guild Conferences and various Sewing Expos in both the US and Canada, as a speaker, teaching and instructor. Also was on staff at the CHF Drapery School in North Carolina as the Slipcover Instructor. Continue to speak at special engagements at Fabric and Sewing stores throughout the country. In 2006 established Sonoran Sewing, in 2008 www.HomeFashionsU.com with an associate Claudia Buchanan in Arizona where we do specialized in "home decor" sewing workshops and retreats throughout the year.

Organizations
Slipcover Network Drapery Pro Workroom Association of America Window Coverings Association of America American Sewing Guild

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Sew What Magazine (trade) Window Coverings Magazine (trade) Sew News Magazine Drapery and Window Coverings Mary Engelbreit Home Companion Magazine St Louis Home and Garden

Education/Credentials
College degree in Photo Journalism, Chaffey Community College in Cucamong, CA. Years of continual education through conference and workshops dealing with the sewing industry.

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