Ultimate New Year's Eve Sew A Long: Sparkly Holiday Placemats

I had so much fun creating this placemat for the Brother Sews Ultimate New Year’s Eve Project, in collaboration with all the Brother Sews Ambassadors. I volunteered to create a placemat at our first Brother Ambassadors Conference in June 2019.
Did you notice is it reversible! Finishes at 12” x 18” My mind just went racing thinking of how I would design and create the placemat. I knew I wanted Stars and Words. Working with Janice Ferguson, another Brother Sews Ambassador who signed up for napkins and coasters, we decided to add the cute fireworks design from the Brother iBroidery page.
My other objective was to design the placemat using the features of My Design Center and Embroidery Edit. As part of R & D (research and development), I realized that best way to share my placemat creation is via a video (see below) which has both the construction of the placemat as well as the stitch out and finishing. I have also created a “Guide” that aligns with the different steps shown in the video (downloadable PDF).
This method will allow you to pause as needed or stop and save your work to Memory to come back another time. My hope is that in learning these features will enable each of you to create wonderful projects on your Brother embroidery machine. I used Brother metallic thread for the 3 fireworks design. It gives the allusion of the fireworks up in the sky, sparkly and fading in and out. The fireworks design is available from iBroidery
Item Number: DC HY0782 Name: 4th of July
Note: I have included the 3 appliqué stars and 3 frames files to provide a jump start, or you can learn how to create them per the video.

Supplies for One Placemat

  • Top fabric: 18” x 22”
  • Backing fabric: 22” x 28”
  • Back Panel fabric: 11” x 17” can be same fabric as Backing and Top or can be contrast.
  • No Show Mesh: 15” x 25”
  • *Embroidery Batting by Floriani or equivalent: 18” x 22”
  • 5” x 5” fabric of turquoise, fuchsia and silver for appliqué stars.
  • Navy, turquoise, fuchsia and silver embroidery thread- Brother Metallic Thread #’s 996, 987 and 991, turquoise, fuchsia and silver metallic thread for fireworks
Disclaimer: Embroidery Batting is a product from Floriani and Brother International Corporation makes no representations or warranties regarding this product.

Sewing Machine Files for both the Luminaire (PHX) and Brother Sewing Machines (PES)

Watch the fun, step by step video here! https://youtu.be/TC0dNaAiAhI
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Janice Ferguson Says:
11/29/2019 2:04:39 PM

Anna, there is so much "meat" in this post, so much information and so much to learn! Thanks for walking us through the techniques and use of My Design Center. I love this placemat!

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Lois Says:
11/22/2019 3:21:07 PM

Anna....this was an interesting and educational process, making a very attractive place mat. Thank you so much for actually showing the process in My Design Center. As an ambassador, I hope you will offer future videos using My Design Center.

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Anna Aldmon Says:
11/26/2019 3:52:51 PM

I am glad you found the video useful. You may also like instructional videos on my website annasawesomeappliquedesigns.com/annas-videos

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Risorius Says:
3/4/2020 12:52:34 AM

Incredible many of excellent advice!

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Joanne Banko Says:
11/25/2019 11:00:38 AM

Love the placemats Anna!

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Anna Aldmon Says:
5/26/2020 2:47:13 PM

Thank you for your feedback. Enjoy! Anna

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Anna Aldmon Says:
12/17/2019 7:54:40 AM

Thank you Janice. I know it is a lot of information, but it can be done in small sections at a time.

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Anna Aldmon Says:
11/26/2019 3:53:45 PM

Thank you! I had so much fun making it.

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