Remember those old I Spy games from when you were a kid? Follow this simple tutorial and you can make a custom fabric version that is also durable. We know how messy mealtime can get so we’ve added an iron-on vinyl top which will wipe clean from all those spills. What better way to use up your scrap fabric and entertain the little ones at the same time! I spy an adorable placemat in your future…
Scrap fabric, charm squares, or candies
1/8 yard white or colored fabric (for sashing)
1/2 yard backing fabric
5/8 yard iron-on vinyl
Find 24 different images and cut them into 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ squares.
Arrange the squares into six different groups of four. Pin them in sets of two and sew together with a 1/4″ seam.
Press the seams and pin to the matching set, being careful to match up the seams. Sew together, press seams, and trim edges.
Cut the sashing fabric into 1″ strips. Cut a piece to size and sew between the top and bottom blocks. Repeat on the other two blocks. Press seams and trim.
Cut a piece of the sashing fabric to size and sew the long way between the blocks. Press seams and trim.
Using the same method, add the sashing fabric to the outside of the main block. Press seams and trim.
Cut border fabric into 3″ strips. Sew onto the main block, press seams, and trim.
Cut a piece of the vinyl, at least 1/2″ larger on all sides than the main block. Peel off the backing and apply the sticky side to the right side of the fabric. (Tip: Be sure to remove any loose threads now). Using the backing paper as a barrier between your fabric and iron, iron each section for at least 8 seconds. Let cool and turn over. Iron for an additional 4 seconds.
Trim the vinyl and cut the backing fabric to size. With right sides together, sew together, leaving a 4″ gap for turning.
Trim corners and turn. Fold under the edge and top stitch along the edge.
Set the table and get spying!