Placemats, please!

In an earlier post, after the baby shower and onesie extravaganza, I was saying something about a new sewing project.  As happens quite a bit in my life, I got distracted.  But, I’m back at it and ready to show you my first stab at a really great (and simple) placemat design.  This design definitely showcases the fabric.  As I have kept things pretty straightforward and without much detail, it is important to choose a fabric you love!  I went with Gotcha in Summerland in grey and natural.  It gave me just the modern and sophisticated, but unfussy look I was going for!  All in all, I feel successful!  I think these placemats will look gorgeous on a summer evening with lots of bright white and maybe some yellow flowers (or orange, or pink, any color really…) to punch it up a bit.

The quick and dirty on how these were made is below if you are interested in trying to sew some fun, mod pacemats of your own!  I would not call this a full tutorial, as it is not quite perfect yet.  I learned a few things in the process, so those thoughts can also be found below.  As you will see in the photos, they turned out well – even if baby doesn’t know the difference between a sophisticated placemat and her usual burp cloth!  At least they are reversible!

Now, that I have scratched this itch, I think I need to start getting out my canning equipment!  Summer has finally arrived in Seattle!  To pickle or preserve, now that is the question!  Any requests?

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My Notes:

This project used 1 yard of fabric, almost exactly for four placemats.  Next time I would give myself a little more fabric to play with, as I would like my mats to end up larger and I could be a bit choosier with the print layout.  The mats I made measure approximately 17.5″x13.5.”

First, I measured out my fabric.  I just looked at a placemat that I had bought along the way and used that as a rough guide, adding a few inches for seams.  I cut my fabric to be about 20″x30″ (this is a guesstimate – I promise to take better notes next time!).  The main idea is to sew this like a pillowcase on three sides, while the fabric is inside out.  Then, I turned the fabric right side out, pushed out the corners with a chopstick, and finished the last seam with the top stitch that goes all the way around.  I went with a ¾” seam, but choose what looks right to you.  I pressed the fabric with an iron at every stage and that worked well.  I didn’t remember to wash the fabric beforehand, which I will do next time  (to take care of shrinkage) and I had a hard time keeping things completely square.  Again, something I will be more diligent about next time!

3 thoughts on “Placemats, please!

    1. Ohhh!! I love canning season at your house! Are all those things in jars together? Trying to figure out what to tackle first… Strawberries seems obvious… any twists you like? Let’s discuss.

      1. I did strawberry-lemonade concentrate, strawberry-rhubarb jam and a basic strawberry jam with lemon zest. I still want to try strawberry lavendar jam…a friend made it for us last year and it was fabulous. I’m trying to keep things PBJ friendly this year. Sometimes I get carried away on the fancy stuff and the kids won’t eat it on a sandwich. Let’s be honest, rosemary-peach jam tastes great on a scone but a little wierd with peanut butter.

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