Peppermint Snowball Candy Mat and free pattern

With the holidays around the corner, I’m always looking for unique gifts that I can make for friends and family. Enter the Peppermint Snowball Candy Mat! It’s the perfect gift that combines two of my favorite things: candy and quilting.

This Peppermint Snowball Candy Mat a free pattern from The Crafty Quilter.  It makes a great hostess gift and it's perfect for placing underneath that special bowl of candy or plate of cookies.

That candy dish deserves something special to rest on. Or perhaps that plate of cookies would look so nice on this sweet little quilt. It measures 11 1/2″ square and is just the right size for a bowl or a plate to fit on top.

Peppermint Snowball Candy Mat is perfect to set underneath a bowl or plate of candy and cookies.  Free pattern from The Crafty Quilter
This Peppermint Snowball Candy Mat a free pattern from The Crafty Quilter.  It makes a great hostess gift and it's perfect for placing underneath that special bowl of candy or plate of cookies.

Peppermint Snowball Candy Mat free pattern

I was going to do a step-by-step tutorial for the blog but I had some problems with the photos I took along the way. So it’s a free pattern that you can download for your own! Just click on the download button below.

I used fabric that I had in my stash, so it’s a mish mash of old and new. Most of the fabric requirements are 1/8 yard pieces. I ran out of the red grunge fabric for the pinwheels, so I had to make the center pinwheel different. But you could definitely make them all the same.

Peppermint Snowball Candy Mat - a free pattern from The Crafty Quilter.  Perfect to set underneath a bowl or plate of cookies and candy.

This pattern would also work well with charm squares. If you have a favorite holiday-themed charm pack, try it out! Just make sure you have good contrast between the snowballs and the pinwheels. My first attempt was a failure (kind of) because everything blended together too much. I’m much happier with my red/black/gray version.

Charm pack version of Peppermint Snowball Candy Mat by The Crafty Quilter.

The quilting on my Peppermint Snowball Candy Mat really stands out because I used Pellon Thermolam for the batting. This is a dense polyester layer that really shows off the quilt stitches. I use Thermolam for all of my table runners and placemats. I feel like it absorbs heat well and provides a little more protection than regular cotton batting. You can definitely use whatever type of batting you have on hand. This is a great project to use up those extra batting scraps.

Quilting detail of the Peppermint Snowball Candy Mat; a free pattern from The Crafty Quilter.

Don’t you love a striped binding? This red and white stripe is one of my favorites! It’s from Bonnie & Camille Basics for Moda fabrics. I used my all-machine binding technique to sew it on quickly, and I added a custom label from Dutch Label Shop to the back.

Back side of the Peppermint Snowball Candy Mat

I can also picture this little Peppermint Snowball Candy Mat as a great place to set a plate of cookies on top of for Santa Claus. I’m sure he would appreciate the extra special touch and perhaps remind him of Mrs. Claus. I’m sure she’s made a quilt or two in her day (along with lots of cookies)!

This Peppermint Snowball Candy Mat a free pattern from The Crafty Quilter.  It makes a great hostess gift and it's perfect for placing underneath that special bowl of candy or plate of cookies.

Speaking of cookie plates… if you’ve been following me for a while, you might remember my Cookie Plate Crumb Catcher tutorial from several years ago. This is another great Christmas gift idea that I love to customize for any holiday.

Cookie Plate Crumb Catcher Tutorial @ The Crafty Quilter

As the holiday season approaches, it’s the perfect time to start making lists of things to make, and I hope this Peppermint Snowball Candy Mat makes it onto your list. It’s sure to please someone including you!

This Peppermint Snowball Candy Mat a free pattern from The Crafty Quilter.  It makes a great hostess gift and it's perfect for placing underneath that special bowl of candy or plate of cookies.

Thanks for visiting today, and happy quilting for the holidays!

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

About Julie Cefalu

Hello! I'm Julie and I love to quilt, craft, read, garden, hike and spend time with my family.

13 thoughts on “Peppermint Snowball Candy Mat and free pattern

  1. Thank you for the mat pattern, very festive ! I do remember your cookie plate pattern. I made one and gave it to my sister who uses it each year. Every time I see it I think I should make another for myself. Happy Holidays !

  2. Thanks, Julie! This pattern looks like fun to make and to use. We can all use some extra cheer this year. Thanks for your many contributions to the cheer factor in my own home!

I love hearing from you! Thanks for leaving a comment.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.