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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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)!
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.
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!
Thanks for visiting today, and happy quilting for the holidays!
Thanks Julie, will be making. I will be making this Sat.
Love this Christmas mat.!! Thanks so much for the pattern. -Patti
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 !
WOW … what a fabulous flexible ‘Peppermint Snowball Candy Mat’ pattern. Thank-you 🙂
Really cute and I actually love that aqua version! You’re so generous. Thanks, Julie!
Oh how cute! Thank you for sharing Julie, your instructions are always so clear. Stay safe and well.
This looks so fun! I can’t wait to make it. Thank you!
Julie, very cute!! Thank you!!!
Your candy mat is adorable!
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!
How cute is that? Oh my, I got hungry looking at the goodies haha!
It’s darling! Thank you. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. Stay safe.
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