reversible placemat with modern pojagi seam

2019 Pojagi Christmas Countdown – Reversible Placemat

Placemats are a great way to add a pop of colour to your kitchen, especially when you use batik fabric to make them. These placemats don’t have quilting, so they are an extra-quick project.

These placemats are constructed using the modern pojagi seam, a reversible seam based on traditional Korean patchwork techniques. Because the seam is reversible, there is no right or wrong side to the finished piece. There are no raw edges.

finished reversible placemat

It is different from western quilting, but still a fun patchwork project.

If you want a new challenge, this is a great one. The placemats are a quick project so it’s not a huge commitment.

It’s also a great way to experiment with new colour combinations. Even if you end up hating them, there are charities that would love hand made placemats, so feel free to donate them.

Supplies

You can make these with any type of fabric, but if it is your first modern pojagi project, use something that is reversible, like a batik or a solid. If your fabric has a clear right and wrong side, you will have to be careful to get the fabrics the right way. It is possible with the reversible seam, just more complicated than normal piecing.

Fabric

  • Three –  2” WOF (width of fabric) strips colour 1
  • Three –  3” WOF strips neutral colour
  • Two – 3-1/2” WOF strips colour 2
red, white and blue fabric strips for reversible placemat

Thread

Use any normal sewing thread. Traditionally in pojagi a contrasting colour is used and the stitching is part of the design. You can use a neutral or match one of the colours of fabric you have or a third colour.

No matter what colour thread you use, your stitches will be visible on the finished project. Don’t stress about this, just relax and enjoy the process.

Assembly

Make strip sets

Join each colour one strip to a neutral strip using the simple pojagi seam method.

red and white fabric strips joined to make reversible placemats

Take two of these sets and join them to either side of a colour two strip, with the neutral touching the colour.

fabric strip set for reversible placemat tutorial

Cutting

Cut this strip set into 10” pieces. 

strip set units for reversible placemat tutorial

If you are using older fabric that is less than 40” long, you have a choice. You can cut more strips and make another set, or you can just cut the strip set into quarters and have pieces close to 10”. It will still work, it will just mean narrower placemats.

Cut the remaining neutral/colour one strip set and colour two strip into quarters. They should be around 10-1/2” – 11″ long.

cutting strips for reversible placemat tutorial

Stitching

Join these onto either side of the large strip pieces. Have the colour one side out.

adding side pieces to modern pojagi placemats

Hemming

Trim so that all the edges are straight.

pressing up the hem of the placemat

One side at a time, fold over 1/4” then fold over 1/4” again, pressing each fold well. Top stitch the fold.

stitching the hem on reversible modern pojagi placemat

It is much easier to hem one side at a time rather than attempt to do all sides at once.

You’re done!

Elizabeth DeCroos

Elizabeth DeCroos

designer, teacher, speaker

Elizabeth enjoys doing all types of sewing and needlework and teaching others new techniques. For more information or to have her speak to your group click HERE.


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