Placemat Tutorial by Blog of the Week: These Peas Taste Funny

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.


  1. Mindy says

    Super cute…I'm glad I'm not the only non-sewer who finds it nearly impossible to walk by cute fabric and not buy it. :)

  2. Yvonne says

    It's so great to see Terry guesting at your blog, Adrianne- I love These Peas Taste Funny! This is a great tutorial and I love the fabric choice. I`m fascinated that you both will be writing novels next month!

  3. Terri says

    Great tutorial and I love the fabric! I'm totally impressed that you both are writing novels! I am so not worthy!!

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