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.