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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Hand Sewn Placemats!

I got a sewing machine for Christmas!  A really beginner one, The Singer Simple! This is the firs thing I've actually sewn!!  I got the instructions from a great little magazine called "Sew It All" and it has lots of fun easy things I plan to try!  I'm not so interested in sewing clothes, but more interested in sewing stuff! 
Okay, "sew", I will tell you a little bit about how I made these, although if you want full instructions pick up the current issue of Sew It All Mag.  I picked up all the material from Wal-mart.  The solid red is Duck Material.  It is sold in 2 yard packs for like $8.  The patterned paper, I mean, fabric, also came from Wal-mart in a pack of small squares wrapped up in a ribbon called Fat Quarters, also for about $7.  I cut all the pieces according to directions and layed out my idea of what I wanted it to look like! Like this:
I then pinned down the first scrap with the ribbon on top and did a zigzag stitch on top of the ribbon.
I did this for each 4 sides.  Then I placed the batting between the top and bottom layers pinned it on and sewed all the way around the border of the placemat.  I left a 4" opening on one end so I could turn it inside out, then sewed around the edge again for a nice top stitching finished look!  It was so easy!  I can't wait to make more!!  Hope you like it!

4 comments:

MyNeed2Craft said...

WOW Tiff! You did a fabulous job for your first project. Great job! I love the color choices. Quilting is like paper crafting. :)

Carole Meisenhelter said...

I love the fabric choices too; great placemats! I've lots of fat-quarters stacked away from yesteryear quilting projects; you've inspired me to put them to use ... when I get my cushion covers made that is. Thanks for sharing.

MyNeed2Craft said...

I know I left you a comment yesterday, but wanted to let you know that I have an award for you over on my blog, so come on by and get it. :) Hugs ~ Terri
http://myneed2craft.blogspot.com

Shelly said...

Wonderful job, Tiffany! They're beautiful.

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