How to Make an I Spy Placemat

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How to Make an I Spy Placemat

Make meal time more fun with your toddler with an I Spy placemat! They are easy to make, and a great way to use up bits and pieces in your stash. Have fun incorporating special fabrics for the toddler in your life. Sometimes, the placemats have another name: Eye Spy placemats.

What’s great about these placemats is that they are easy to fold up and put in your bag when you go out to eat, or visit Grandma — and they are machine washable! Make special holiday placemats to add festivity to the table!

I spy a cat, do you? Can you find the apples? The owls? A butterfly? Here is how to make an I Spy placemat.

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How to Make an I Spy Placemat

I Spy placemats are easy and fun to make. Use up scraps from your stash, or buy small pieces of special print fabrics for the little ones in your life.


  • 24 - 3-1/2" squares of fabric
  • 20 x 14" rectangle of cotton batting
  • 20 x 14" rectangle of backing fabric
  • 70" x 2-1/4" strip of fabric for binding
  • Thread


  • Rotary cutter
  • Quilters rulers
  • Cutting mat
  • Sewing machine


  1. Go through your stash and scraps and cut 24 - 3-1/2" squares. Have fun 'fussy cutting' different patterns and objects for the I Spy game. NOTE: Fussy cutting is when you specifically cut a design out of fabric.
  2. Take the squares to your design wall, or lay them out on a table and move them around until you have a pleasing layout. Laying out the squares for the placemat
  3. Sew the squares together into 4 rows of 6 squares each using a 1/4" seam allowance.
  4. Press the seams open
  5. Sew the rows together to form the placemat top.
  6. Press the seams open
  7. Layer the backing fabric, the batting and the placemat top. There will be excess of the backing and batting. This is important because sometimes when you are quilting, things shift a little bit. This will make sure that the backing and batting cover the entire placemat.
  8. I like to 'stitch in the ditch' to secure the layers together. Stitching in the ditch is using your presser foot that has a guide down the middle. Line up the guide in your pressed seam, and just sew! This makes the stitching fairly invisible.I Spy Placemat stitching in the ditch
  9. Fold the strip of fabric for the binding in half and press.
  10. Match the raw edge of the pressed binding along the edge of the placemat and stitch 1/4" around the edge. Start with folding it towards the inside a little bit so that there are no raw edges when it is finished. When you get to the corners, miter them. I like to press and then hand stitch on the back.
  11. Press the placemat and start some meal time games!I Spy Placemat FINISHED

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