Last year a friend of mine gave me a package of fusible
placemat forms and some cork fabric.
I thought and thought about what I was going to do with
both of these and then it came to me this week.
A couple of years ago I bought a 144" long tablecloth at
Crate and Barrel for $15! I loved the fabric and wanted to make napkins with it.
I'm finding that I need to have small projects to do in between
the big quilts. Some days I can focus on the quilts,
but other days I need mindless things to do.
Mindless was what happened starting on Monday.
Out came the tablecloth and cutting began.
I cut a bunch of napkins and had some pieces leftover that were
too small for napkins.
Then I remembered the placemat forms.
Out they came, along with the cork and the fun began.
The placemats went together so quickly.
I traced the shape of the form onto the cork and cut it out.
Then ironed the fabric to the top and the cork to the bottom.
Once that was done, I trimmed the fabric to the shape of the form.
I had the navy blue batik in my stash and cut bias binding from that.
There were six forms in the package and I had just enough
left over pieces of fabric to make the placemats.
The cork worked well on the back and makes them reversible.
The only problem I had was joining the binding.
The placemats are too stiff to use my usual method of
connecting binding and I'm not totally happy with
what I did, but they are finished.
We have some nice new napkins and placemats for our kitchen table.
And another thing is checked off of my list!
Be well and be safe!