sew a snack mat for santa!

By now the kiddos have probably written out their holiday wishlists and mailed them out to Santa! But have you prepared the house for Santa’s arrival in a few weeks? Make sure Old Saint Nick feels warm and welcome at your home when he slides down your chimney and snacks on your Peppermint Candy Cookies and other holiday snacks. This adorable DIY snack mat is a perfect addition to your holiday decorations around the house! Fusible-web appliques of a cookie plate and a milk glass labeled with embroidered words mark the placement for Santa’s Christmas Eve must-haves.

8-inch square of brown polka dot fabric
4-inch square of light blue polka dot fabric
1/3 yard of red-and-pink stripe fabric
Fusible web
10 3/4 inch-length of 1-inch-wide lace trim
103/4 x 8 1/2-inch piece of batting
Hand-sewing needle and thread
Transfer paper
Old ballpoint pen or stylus
Embroidery floss: ecru, light blue, brown
Finished Mat: 10 1/4 x 8 inches
Measurements include 1/4-inch seam allowances unless otherwise indicated. Sew with right sides together unless otherwise stated.


1. Trace cookies pattern onto paper side of fusible web-backed brown polka dot; enlarge and cut out. Trace milk pattern onto paper side of fusible web-backed light blue polka dot; enlarge and cut out. With the fusible side down, press fusible web onto back side of each polka-dot print.

2. Cut 2—10 3/4 x 8 1/2-inch rectangles from the red-and-pink stripe fabric.

3. Referring to Applique Placement Diagram, arrange cookie plate and milk glass applique shapes on one red-and-pink stripe rectangle. Remove paper backings and press the shapes.  Appliquediagram





4. With right sides together and raw edges aligned, place lace trim along one long edge of the remaining 10 3/4 x 8 1/2-inch red-and-pink stripe rectangle from Step 2. Fold the trim ends under 1/4 inch and pin lace in place (Diagram 1). Diagram1




5. With right sides together, layer red-and- pink stripe 10 3/4 x 81/2-inch rectangles. Place batting on top. Sew pieces together, leaving a 3-inch opening along one side. Turn right side out; slip-stitch opening closed.

6. Topstitch the cookie plate and the milk glass. Stop stitching in the exact spot where you began topstitching and pull the thread tails to the back of the mat. Tie the tails in a big knot then thread the tails onto a sewing needle. Insert the needle into the mat and pull the knot into the mat, burying the knot and thread tails in the batting.

7. To transfer designs and words to be embroidered, place the mat on a hard surface and place transfer paper on desired area with the transfer side down. Place pattern on top of the transfer paper. Using an old ballpoint pen or stylus, trace the pattern to transfer the design to be embroidered to the fabric.

8. Using a running stitch and ecru embroidery floss, stitch the circle on the cookie plate applique. Backstitch the word “cookies” inside the circle and stitch a small cross-stitch for the dot on the letter i.

9. Using a running stitch and light blue embroidery floss, stitch the circle on the milk glass applique. Backstitch the word “milk” inside the circle.

10. Backstitch the word “crumbs” on the lower right-hand corner of the mat with brown embroidery floss. Add two small cross-stitches for crumbs.

11. Stitch a running stitch line approximately 3/8 inch from the lace edge of the mat. Bury the knot at the end of the stitching as in Step 6.


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