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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Sewing for Christmas



 Today, I'm working on placemats for my future daughter-in-law.  She loves using placemats for their meals, so I thought she'd like a set especially for Christmas.  So in keeping with my theme of re-purposing, I have an two old green linen tablecloths that haven't been used much over the years that I'm going to cut down to make into placemats.




I've several embroidery designs depicting Christmas themes like reindeer and ornaments, so I'm going to machine-embroider one of these motifs in a lower corner of each mat.  Did I mention that her favorite color is green, yeah, like how perfect was THAT stroke of luck.





I'm also toying with the idea of piping around the edges with a contrasting fabric...I'm thinking a green and gold stripe cut on the bias, then I can make the mats reversible by using the piping fabric for the reverse side.  That may or may not happen depending on if I get a chance to go to the fabric store today to find something that works well with the linen color.  If not, they will just get hemmed and that will just have to do.  I'm hopeful that I'll have enough linen left over to make a few napkins, too. 

7 comments:

  1. I love reusing and recycling items to make new sewy things, so I think your idea of making placemats from old linen tablecloths is wonderful! I bet it's soft soft soft, like most old linen is - lovely! Your embroidery patterns are cute too - I like outline patterns a lot - I think partially because they're less stressful for me to stitch out, lol. Do you remember where they're from?

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  2. Thanks, Sandra. Yeah, that linen us super soft, and I did find some pretty cotton in green and gold for the reverse side. I'll be sure to take pictures before I ship them off. I'm not sure where I got the designs, but most likely I purchased them from Embroidery.com and/or Urban Threads.

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  3. Lucky daughter-in-law. I love the ornament embroidery you picked out. You know, I hardly use any of my linen tablecloths much, but I have never been able to cut into them.

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  4. So I just finished looking through Urban Threads and found none of the patterns I pictured above. They do have a really cute Santa in a filigree outline. I've had great success with every design I've gotten from Urban threads, so I recommend them highly. However, these motifs pictured must have come from Embroidery.com

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  5. I have that same problem, Talin. These were easier because they came from a yard sale years ago, and I only used them once. This is really lovely fabric, and I know she'll like them so.

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  6. What a great idea. Tablecloths are a bit difficult to use sometimes. You have to move everything off the table to put them on. The embroidery will look lovely against the green fabric.

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  7. Thank you for your visit, and your comforting words; both are greatly appreciated.

    I love the idea of recycling and re-purposing

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