' Sew a magical gnomes placemat!

free sewing pattern and tutorial for a snowwhite inspired placemat with gnomes.

Hello and happy Friday!

Are you all ready for some sewing time during your weekend? I got a cute little project for you that is also the last part of our apple series. You need to know that we have a big love of everything fairy tale related so we figured we need to involve one fairy tale during our apple month October! So there we go - what comes to mind if you think fairy tales and apples? The poisoned apple that poor Snow White is being gifted with! But Snow White got seven amazing little friends with beards and funky hats - the dwarfs! This placemat features these seven fabulous guys and will complement any Snow White themed table setting for your little ones! 

Ready to start? - We certainly are!


fabric for the front and back of the placemat
iron-on interfacing
felt for the gnomes
fabric scraps for the hats
black embroidery floss for the gnomes´ faces
thin batting 
fabric for the bias binding

Cut one rectangle measuring 11.5 x 9.5 inches of the fabric that you want to use for the front. I used a bright fabric with a tiny star print - we love stars and I thought it adds that little extra magic fairy tale-y touch to our placemat.
Cut one rectangle (11.5 x 9.5 inches) of iron-on interfacing.
Cut one rectangle (11.5 x 9.5 inches) of background fabric.
Cut one rectangle (11.5 x 9.5 inches) of thin batting.

According to the manufacturer´s instructions iron the iron-on interfacing onto the wrong side of your front fabric piece.

For the gnomes cut seven beards of white felt.
Using your template transfer seven face pieces onto the heat-and-bond and iron it onto the skin colored felt. Cut out the faces and have a play around with positioning them onto your placemat front. Once you are happy with your layout peel off the remaining heat-and-bond paper and iron the faces onto the fabric.

Using black thread carefully stitch all around your seven faces. 

Position a beard on each face and stitch along both sides as well as the top bit of the beard. Trim the bottom of the beards to match them with bottom edge of the fabric piece. 

Time to make the hats! I chose to make some of felt and some of fabric. Once again I used heat-and-bond. Position them how you like it best, iron them on and stitch around each hat.

For the faces you will need three strands of black embroidery floss. Stitch on eyes, nose and mouth on each of your gnomes.

Now that we have completed our placemat front we can treat ourselves to something sweet and then make our quilt sandwich!

Layer the batting between the fabric front and back, lining up all the edges and secure the whole thing with a few safety pins. Quilt as desired. I simply quilted a couple of stars. Our secret addiction - remember?! 

I also added some ribbon bits because I fell heavily in love with the apples and toadstool on the ribbon. If you want to add cute little embellishments as well make sure you layer them between the placemat front and the bias strip before you sew the bias binding on!

In fact - we need to make this bias binding now! 
Cut  a strip of fabric measuring 45 x 2.5 inches. Take that strip, fold it into half lenghtwise, wrong sides of fabric together and press with your iron. That´s all our ironing done already!
Starting at one side of your placemat align the raw edges of the strip with the raw edges of the quilt sandwich. Sew the strip on with a quarter inch seam allowance. Don´t start right at the end of your strip, but leave 4 inches unsewn.

If you come to your first corner, stop a quarter inch away from the corner, backstitch to secure the thread and cut off the thread.

Lay your placemat in front of you. Fold the binding up in a 45 degree angle, making sure it is in one line with the placemat´s raw edges.

Fold back down on itself and make sure that the folded edge matches the edge of your placemat, then secure with a pin. You just created a corner!

Now we just need to nestle the placemat back under the sewing machine needle and sew over that corner and along the edge. Don´t forget to backstitch on your start and ending points to secure that thread! Work all your corners in that same manner. 

When you get back to your starting edge do the following. Make the corner, but just sew down an inch or even less to secure it. Layer the unfinished bias strip on top of the "start tail" of your strip. We need both ends to overlap each other by half an inch. Measure that half an inch very exactly and trim off the excess of the binding.

Unfold both ends of the bias strip and pin together - right sides together. Sew together with a quarter inch seam allowance.

Fold the bias strip back in place and finish sewing it onto your placemat. This is the machine sewing part done already!

Let´s move on to hand stitching! What we do now is folding the binding from the front to the back. Make sure the binding covers the stitching line you just created with your sewing machine. Use pins to keep it in place. I usually only use one or two pins at a time because they always find it fun to catch my thread while I´m stitching, which is kind of annoying! Take some thread and a sewing needle. I usually use a pretty tiny whipstitch to stitch my binding on. When you get to a corner, the end from the side you are coming from goes under first, then cover with the end from the other side of your corner. Make sure the corner looks nice and neat on both sides!

This is how I bind my quilty stuff, there are tons of other tutorials out there on how to do that and you might find others more suitable for yourself, but this is how I do it.

And just in case you wondered...the black plate is a chalkboard plate. I simply took a very inexpensive plastic plate and covered it with two layers of chalkboard paint. This way Jamie can doodle along while she sits on the table! 

We hope you enjoyed this tutorial and that some of you make some placemats! Have a beautiful weekend and don´t let the Halloween preparations overrun you - at least not too much! 


  1. Love it! Thank you for sharing.

    1. Thank you, Simone! Let us see pictures if you make it :)

  2. I agree - they are absolutely adorable.

    1. You are sweet, thank you! :)

  3. wonderful idea!!! i want to do this project a lot time before but all time i say later. your project is so cute and so sweet and its really good ide for weekend! so have a nice weekend.

  4. Thank you everyone :)

  5. how cool is that?! I just squeaked with pleasure when I saw this. Perfect for my little daughter.

  6. Gosh, they are just so darling! A huge thanks for sharing xx