Project Halloween Placemats and Napkins

By Elizabeth Cecchettini

Skill Level: Beginner  

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These placemats and napkins will showcase the fun decorative stitches available on your Baby Lock Sewing Machine. Perfect for Halloween, this fun addition to any table decor will add a spooky touch to your home this fall season! Use contrasting threads, and the stitches will be sure to pop! Download printable instructions.


  • 3/4 yard of 45” wide purple Halloween printed cotton fabric
  • 1/3 yard of 45” wide orange Halloween printed cotton fabric
  • 1/3 yard of 45” wide lime green Halloween printed cotton fabric
  • Packages of rick rack in orange, white, black and lime green
  • 2- 15” ready-made black round placemats
  • 2- 18” ready-made black napkins
  • Assortment of threads that contrast the Halloween fabrics
  • Rotary cutting system
  • Basic sewing supplies


  • Baby Lock Sewing Machine


  1. Cut the following:

    1. Two- 11” x 11” squares from the lime green Halloween fabric

    2. Two- 11” x 11” squares from the orange Halloween fabric

    3. Two- 8½” x 8½” squares from the purple green Halloween fabric

    4. Two- 18” x 18” squares from the purple Halloween fabric

  2. Press the edges of all the squares under ½” to the wrong side of the fabric.

  3. Pin a lime green square to the center of each placemat.

  4. Prepare the sewing machine for decorative stitching, selecting a bold stitch pattern.

    1. Thread the machine with a contrasting thread color and black thread in the bobbin. Activate the Guide Beam (if your machine has one) to assist with stitching a straight line.

  5. Tuck the orange rick rack between the lime green square and the black placemat. Allowing just half of the rick rack to show.

  6. Stitch around the outside edge of the lime green square, near the edge and through all the layers.

    1. Clip the rick rack at the corner and tuck under to make the turn around the corner smooth. Continue stitching.

  7. Repeat the above process for the orange square.

    1. Turn the square one quarter turn, allowing the points to fall in between the lime green square points.

  8. Now add the final square. Line the purple square points up with the lime green square points.

    1. Stitch the square and rick rack to the placemat, selecting a different decorative stitch and thread color.

  9. Repeat the above steps for the second placemat.

  10. To make the napkins, lay the purple 18” x 18” squares wrong sides of the black napkins.

    1. Tuck the white rick rack between the purple square and the napkin. Again, just allow half of the rick rack to show.

    2. Stitch the square and the rick rack to the napkins using decorative stitches, a contrasting thread and black thread in the bobbin.

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