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Project: Winter Snowman Placemat

Baby, it’s cold outside! Create these cozy placemats to warm up your table settings this winter. This tutorial teaches you how to make a quick and simple placemat with a frosty little applique. You will use a sew and flip method for the top of the placemat, then add your quilting and finally add the little snowman applique. Make this placemat even more special by using a fun textured fabric with a long pile for the snowman design. Adding this fun little element will make your placemat that much more special. Finish by embellishing with some fun buttons.



  • Finished placemat measures 18″ wide x 13″ tall.
  • This project uses a ¼” seam allowance unless otherwise noted.
  • When working with cuddle fabric (for the snowman applique), it is easier to cut on the wrong side of the fabric.
  • Cuddle will only “shed” when you cut it. Once you shake out all the “cuddle dust” no more fur will come off. So try to do all the cutting at one time and shake it out well so that you don’t constantly get cuddle dust all over your house. Keep a vacuum cleaner handy when cutting cuddle!
  • Use a size 90 stretch needle and long stitches when sewing cuddle fabric.
  • Pre-wash all cotton fabrics prior to cutting as they may shrink after the first time through the wash.
  • With this project you’ll learn a quick and easy quilt-as-you-go method. You end up creating the quilt block by placing the pieces on batting (and backing if desired) at the same time and sewing, then flipping them into place.
  • If you have any questions while using this pattern, send inquiries to


Confident Beginner


OLFA 45mm Rotary Cutter
OLFA 18” X 24” Double-Sided Rotary Mat (RM-SG)
OLFA 6” X 24” Frosted Acrylic Ruler (QR-6X24)
(1) 9” x 12” piece of fusible web like Steam-a-Seam Lite®
Optional: Clover Wonder Clips can be extremely helpful when it comes time to hold the binding in place


Cotton Fabric*:
Fat quarter of multi dot (7″ x 14″)
Fat quarter of green snowmen (5″ x 10″)
Fat quarter of white trees (5″ x 10″)
Fat quarter of pink snowmen (5″ x 10″)
Fat quarter of blue snowmen (13″ x 5″)
1/4 yd. of white with gray dots
Fat quarter of backing (19″ x 14″)
18″ x 13″ piece of batting
*Size in parenthesis shows exact amount needed if using your own scraps. If buying, a fat quarter is usually the smallest size available to purchase.


Snowman Applique:
5″ x 10″ piece of textured white for snowman (like Cuddle fabric from Shannon Fabrics)
3″ x 3″ piece of black for the hat
2″ x 2″ piece of green for the holly
4″ x 2″ piece of brown for the arms
2″ x 2″ piece of orange for the nose
3″ x 4″ piece of blue for the scarf


Coordinating thread
Buttons: (2) black 9mm buttons for eyes, (3) colored 9mm buttons for chest, (3) red 4mm buttons for berries



  1. From the multi dot fabric, cut (1) 6” W x 13” T piece.
  2. From the green snowmen, white trees, & pink snowmen fabrics, cut (1) 4” W x 9” T piece from each.
  3. From the blue snowmen, cut (1) 12” W x 4” T piece.
  4. From the white with gray dot fabric, cut (1) width of fabric strip that is 1” tall for the sashing. Cut that strip into (1) 13” length, (1) 12” length, and (2) 9” lengths. Cut the remaining fabric into (2) width of fabric strips that are each 2½″ tall for the binding.
  5. Cut the backing to size, 18” W x 13” T, or leave it large and trim at the end after quilting the placemat.

Cutting the Snowman

  1. From the textured white, cut 3 snow balls.
  2. From the black, cut the top hat.
  3. From the green, cut 3 holly leaves.
  4. From the brown, cut 2 twig arms (optional).
  5. From the orange, cut 1 carrot nose.
  6. From the blue, cut 1 scarf.


Sheila recommends using Lite Steam-A-Seam 2® fusible web by The Warm Company to apply the appliques. It will help hold the appliques in place without having to pin them. Fusible web is a mesh of lightly sticky adhesive that is lined on both sides by a piece of paper. Before using it gently peel the layers of paper apart at a corner and see which side has the sticky dots attached to it, make sure to draw on this piece of paper. Trace the applique design, and then cut loosely around the outside of the design. Peel off the back liner (make sure the web doesn’t attach to it) and place the design on the wrong side of the fabric. Cover with a pressing cloth and use an iron to press in place. For cotton fabric, use a high setting for about 10 seconds. For Cuddle fabric, use a medium/high temp for about 10 seconds.Then cut the design out of the fabric.


Pattern cutting:

If the fabric has a nap or a print that goes in a particular direction be careful to ensure that the nap or pattern goes in the desired direction on each piece. Each pattern piece has an arrow indicating the direction the nap or print should go.



  1.  Layer the following pieces to make a “quilt sandwich”:
    • Place the backing right side down on a table or flat surface.
    • Place the batting directly on top of the backing.
    • Place the pink snowman 4” x 9” rectangle right side up, on top of the batting in the top right corner.
  2. Next, with right sides together, and matching the raw edges, lay one 1” x 9” piece of sashing along the left edge of the pink snowman fabric.
  3. Sew through all four layers (two fabrics on top, batting, and backing) with a ¼” seam.
  4. Flip sashing open and press flat.

  5. With right sides together and matching the raw edges, place the white tree 4” x 9” piece of fabric on top of the sashing. Use a ¼” seam to stitch in place. Flip open and press flat.


  6. With right sides together, place the second piece of 1” x 9” piece of sashing along the outer edge – stitch in place with a ¼” seam. Flip open and press flat.


  7. With right sides together, place the green snowmen 4” x 9” piece along the outer edge of the sashing. Stitch in place with a ¼” seam. Flip open and press flat.


  8. With right sides together place the 1” x 12” piece of sashing along the bottom of the three pieces – Stitch in place with a ¼” seam. Flip open and press flat.


  9. With right sides together place the 12” x 4” blue snowman piece along the raw edge of the sashing. Stitch in place with a ¼” seam. Flip open and press flat.


  10. With right sides together, place the 1” x 13” piece of sashing along the raw edge of the left side of the completed blocks. Stitch in place with a ¼” seam. Flip open and press flat.


  11. With right sides together, place the multi dot 6” x 13” piece along the raw edge of the sashing. Stitch in place with a ¼” seam. Flip open and press flat.


Quilting & Squaring Up

  1. At this point you can add your decorative quilting to the placemat if you would like to. The pieces will all be quilted together already, but this is where you can embellish the placemat with your decorative quilting.
  2. Also at this point use your OLFA cutting mat, rotary cutter, and ruler to trim the back (if you haven’t already) and square up the place mat to the finished dimensions of 18” W x 13” T.

Adding the Applique

  1. Stack the snowballs to create your own snowman. Topstitch around the outer edge of each piece.
  2. Place the hat on the head of the snowman. Topstitch around the outer edge.
  3. Place the carrot nose on the face and topstitch in place.
  4. Place the holly leaves as desired on the hat, and topstitch in place. Sew on the red button berries.
  5. Add the twigs arms if desired.
  6. Place the scarf at the neck, and topstitch in place.
  7. Sew the buttons to the belly, and the eyes to the face.


Finishing Up

  • Bind the placemat using your favorite method, or visit the McKay Manor Musers blog for their quick and easy (and free!) binding method using a sticky note for perfect mitered corners every time!
  • Make your binding narrower by cutting the strips 2-1/2″ wide and using a 1/4″ seam allowance.
  • Visit the McKay Manor Musers website for lots of different templates you can applique to the top of the placemat.


Project design by McKay Manor Musers
December, 2015
For personal, non-commercial use only.