Hello and welcome!

It’s Julia from Inflorescence Designs! I’m so joyful you are visiting today. This week we are all about plants and flowers!

Today’s project is inspired by the garden I grow every year.  In addition to sewing and crafting, my other passion includes tending my veggie and flower garden as well as preserving the wonderful bounty I receive each year.  My eldest daughter is actually named after my favorite flower: Dahlia.  The photo below shows my garden at the pinnacle of the growing season last year.

Zinnia Fabric Flower Placemats

Since it is only early June, my garden this year is still very small. But give it a couple more months and it will be flooded with the same rainbow of hues and swarming of butterflies and hummingbirds.

Today’s, project is specifically inspired by the zinnia flowers I grow every year.  I love growing zinnias for fresh-cut flowers inside my kitchen.

Zinnia Placemats with Fusible Fleece

Beginner sewing pattern!


Sewing Instructions:

Begin by…

Print off your FREE “Zinnia Placemat” pattern located in the supplies list above. Gather your materials and cut out your fabric, iron-on adhesive and fusible fleece.

Fuse your fleece to the fabric you want to be the smaller inner petals.


Layer your larger petal fabric right side facing down to the right side of the circle you just fused.

Important Tip: Layer the fabric right sides together.  The fusible fleece should be facing outwards. In the photo below the fleece is the side touching the pressing mat.

Sew around the entire circle 1/4″.


We need to turn the circle right side out.  To do that, you need to do the following:

  1. Find the center of the circle by folding it in half.
  2. Fold up/down both sides to meet the center point.
  3. Press the folds to make a crease.
  4. In the creased area make a slit with a seam ripper or sharp scissors.  Make sure to only cut the larger petal fabric.
  5. Turn the circle right side out and press.


Begin by…

Find the slit you cut.  You will be enclosing this open area when you sew the circles together.  Once you find the opening, measure 1″ over and draw a line.  Do this to each circle.  Next, line up the drawn lines of 2 circles and sew along that line.  Make sure to secure your stitches at the beginning and end.  Sew both sets of circles.


Press the flower petals open.

Continue by…

Aligning the middle seam of your two pieces wrong sides together.  Measure 1″ in on both of the circles (the long side) at the same time aligning the outermost edge of the circles with the 1″ line.  This will ensure a straight seam even though you are sewing 2 separate seams.  Sew along the drawn lines again and press open.

Next, top stitch 1/4″ around each circle enclosing the petals and the raw edge openings.

Fun Tip:  You can topstitch in one continuous motion.  Start at one circle and when you get to the center simply pivot your flower to do the next.  The stitching in the center will be covered in the next steps.    

Applique Center:

Begin by…

Fusing the HeatnBond lite to the small 3.5″ circle then fuse it to the center of the flower placemat.

Finally, applique as desired.  If you do not want to sew the center down, use the HeatnBond Ultra in the red packaging.


Thank you for following along with me today! I hope you enjoyed the “Zinnia Placemat” tutorial.  Come back soon to see what else will be starting to bloom with Inflorescence Designs!

Starting to bloom by choosing JOY ~ Julia


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