Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Soul Blossoms place mats

My mum is a big fan of place mats.  She usually buys them in John Lewis and has several sets.  One set is getting old and tatty (though they have lasted years - John Lewis is quality) so she decided she wanted some more.  Doing a bit of on-line shopping she came across some bargain Amy Butler Soul Blossoms prints and asked me if I'd make her the placemats.  She bought a metre of each and I get to keep the offcuts!

This is the lovely fabric, cut to placemat size:

I'd measured mum's placemats, then lost the scrap of paper I'd written the dimensions on.  I came to cut the fabric and thought I could remember so I cut one out.  It was huge!  I had to wait til I went round again to measure them so these have been a long time coming.  This is also the first time I've pre-washed fabric, but as they'll be in the washer a lot, I thought I'd better do it.

So here we go, side one:

And side two:

Some puckering, but you're going to pretend you didn't see that, aren't you?

I did a double layer of top stitching and I used orange for the main thread and brown in the bobbin.

I'm not the straightest of stitchers, so I used a little gadget I got for Christmas.  I hadn't used it before as the first time I tried to use this magnetic seam guide, I had a metal bobbin in my top loading bobbin holder.  How stupid?  Plastic bobbin, job done.

Thank you little magnetic thing.


Sew Sane Jane said...

wait, what it the magnetic thingy? And how will it help me sew straighter? (always up for finding something to help with that!)

Jen said...

Love these! Thanks for the idea!! I am also curious about the magnetic thing, can you tell us more about it?

~ Jen @ http://pinstripestopearls.blogspot.com/

the cape on the corner said...

looks great! love the double stitching and the fabric you used!

Mandy @ Sugar Bee Craft Edition said...

great job!!

Allie said...

How gorgeous! Love those fabrics!

RobynK said...

Lovely fabrics and I like the idea of the double stitching - decorative and durable! I wonder if they have 'magnetic thingies' in Oz?

Lisa said...

Love the pretty spring fabric! Very nice!

Brianna! said...

stopping by from CREATIVE SHARE!
Love the post.

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Rachel {BubblyNatureCreations.com} said...

I have to make some of these... they are so cute!!! Here’s another party if you would like to link up… http://www.bubblynaturecreations.com/2011/03/project-party-weekend-5-ways-to-re.html

Sachiko said...

Nice fabric choices!