Monday, October 22, 2012

((handmade monday)) GUEST POST gingham placemats sewing tutorial


Hey y'all! I've been wanting to make my own placemats ever since we got a new dining room table. My new friend, Cheryl, is here to teach a great little sewing tutorial for you!

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Hi Oh, Sweet Joy readers! I'm Cheryl and I blog over at a pretty cool life. I write about a little bit of everything...sewing, crafts, DIY, my 3 littles...and I take a boatload of pictures to go with it.


Today I'm sharing how to sew up some simple placemats in a rainbow of gingham that will instantly make your table a little brighter...and maybe even make your dinner taste a little better. :) 

Okay?  Here we go!

Bright, cheery gingham.  Love it!

Here's how you can make a some of your own.
For each placemat, you'll need:
2 pieces of fabric, 15.5" x 20.5" each
1 piece of fusible batting or fleece, 15.5" x 20.5"

Iron your batting to the wrong side of one of your pieces of fabric.

Pin the batting/fabric piece to the other fabric piece, right sides of fabric together.

Sew, leaving a 4-5 inch gap for turning.

Snip corners, being careful not to cut into the line of stitching.

Turn right side out and gently poke out corners with a knitting needle. 

Press, making sure to fold in the fabric from the gap you left for turning.

Topstitch around entire edge. 

I've found it's easiest to topstitch when I increase my stitch length.  (A walking foot makes it easier, too, but mine's still in the package.)

Line up your presser foot with the first line of top stitching and topstitch around the edge again.

That's it! And if you still have some time left over, go ahead and make some napkins for yourself, too!



love.


17 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for sharing this! I've been dying to get some placemats so I can get out of my tablecloth rut, but now I kind of want to make my own!

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  2. These are so cute! Thanks for sharing! Headed over to her blog right now! :) Happy Monday! xo HOlly

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  3. these are super cute & I love the fabric! this would make the table a happy place! I'm thinking I can have my daughter help me on her machine!

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