Hey mamas, I have someone to introduce this morning! I have loved getting to know Terry over at These Peas Taste Funny. She has an awesome sense of humor and it turns out we have other, non-blogging interests in common too… did you know we will both be writing novels next month?
I know you’re wondering about the name. I know I did! Go find out. :)
If you would like to be the featured blog of the week, click here for more info! And without futher ado, I will turn it over to Terry who has a great, easy tutorial for you! Thanks, mama!
Hello Happy Hour Projects readers. I was so thrilled when Adrianne asked if I could put something together for her new “Blog of the Week” feature on Tuesdays. She is so awesome (of course you already know that) and I love her blog, so this was super exciting.
My name is Terry and I hang out at These Peas Taste Funny where I like to cook, craft, take photos, and make people laugh. A few of my projects include an Autumn Wreath, Chicken Piccata, and a Crocheted Market Bag. More recently, I’ve been easing myself into the world of sewing. I’m still a newbie but I hope to one day make pyjama pants without a pattern. :)
I have a pretty good stash of fat quarters because I can’t seem to walk by pretty fabrics, and I also have a cat who insists on sitting on the kitchen table. Putting these two things together, I thought a place mat (to keep my food a little further away from kitty’s hair) would be a nice idea. I started with these two pieces. I thought they went the best with our kitchen colours.
I cut a 12.5″ x 16.5″ piece from each fabric and pinned them, right sides together. I stitched almost all of the way around, leaving an opening of about 4 inches (you can see the gap in the pinning below). This is how I turned the fabric around.
I turned the fabric right side out and used a knitting needle to push out the corners.
Then I ironed it, top stitched all the way around, and ironed again. And that was the placemat.
When I was finished with the place mat, I had three pieces of fabric left. Not really enough to make a napkin on their own, but if I pieced them together. Oh yes, that would work.
I started by putting one yellow and the blue piece right sides together. I pinned them and sewed.
This is what it looks like on the other side.
Next, I pinned the other yellow piece of fabric to the other side of the blue fabric. Again, right sides together. Then I just sewed them together.
This is what they looked like altogether.
I flipped it over and pressed the seams down. Then I dug out my last fat quarter (well, the last one in this colour combo). I cut this to a matching size. These were pinned, right sides together, and then sewn almost all of the way around, leaving a small opening.
I turned the fabric with right sides out, ironed, and top stitched all the way around.
Pretty easy and now I had a coordinating place mat and napkin.
I hope you might be brave enough to give this a try, even if you don’t normally sew. It was incredibly easy and I’m so happy with the result. My own little place mat. :)
Thanks for hanging out with me. Hope you will venture over to These Peas Taste Funny some time. I’d love to have you.