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Refraction Table Mat Project

Patchwork refracted table mat

This table mat project was designed by Debbie von Grabler-Crozier of The Folk Art Factory. Debbie blogs at https://thefolkartfactory.com/

This project is a fat quarter friendly make which can transform a table or a wall in need a of a lift. It is quick to make too; easily achievable in a weekend.

You will need…

7 fat quarters – alternatively use fat eighths for the strippy bits

70cm fabric for backing

Thermolam interfacing from Vlieseline

 2.5m bias binding

Table mat project template – the triangle should measure 16.5cm across the base and 16cm down each side 


 Seam allowances are all 1/4” unless otherwise stated. Please read all instructions through and assemble the equipment before beginning.

 To Sew

Begin by choosing two fabrics for the centre and cutting the triangle shapes using the template. You need three of each colour. Put five aside for the time being.

From the other fabrics, cut strips on the straight grain. For each segment which comprises a triangle and then three strips, you need a strip measuring 5cm wide, 3.5cm wide and 7cm wide.

TIP: This mat uses a slightly different method for the strips in that it doesn’t worry about the length, only the width. Make sure that your strip is wider than the bottom of the triangle each time by a good margin and then simply trim the excess away.

There are two types of section on our example:

The mustard section which has a triangle, a 5cm strip, a 3.5cm strip and a 7cm strip.

The text section which has a triangle, a 3.5cm strip, a 5cm strip and a 7cm strip.

The two sections are alternated around the mat and the configuration is the same in each one.

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Begin with one of the triangles and attach a strip to the bottom. Note how there is adequate length each side of the bottom of the triangle.


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Fold the strip the right way over and press. Lay a quilting ruler along the side of the triangle to get the correct angle and trim, essentially making the original triangle larger.


Patchwork triangle with strips

Add the other two strips the same way, trimming after each addition.

Continue the same way until you have six segments, three of each.


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Sew the first two segments together; one of each. Add another one to make three. Sew the other three together separately and then sew them up the middle with a straight seam.

TIP: You can keep going around, adding a segment but this will leave you with a fiddly Y-seam at the end. By sewing them in two halves of three segments each, it is a simple straight join and a perfect centre point.

Press the completed top and make a quilt sandwich with the backing fabric on the bottom (face down), the Thermolam wadding and then the patched top (face up).

Quilted refraction table mat

Pin securely and then channel quilt in a concentric design beginning in the centre and following the shape of the mat. Quilt in straight lines about 1cm apart.


Binding on a small quilt

Trim the edges of the mat straight and bind with your chosen binding.


Beginners patchwork

Then your refraction table mat project is complete and ready to use. 

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