Saturday, December 17, 2011
...take anywhere placemat and cutlery set - a tutorial
Take two of your fabric one strips and three of the fabric two strips. Carefully position these on each of the five batting strips.
Place one of the Fabric 2 strips on the back of one of the fabric/batting pairs with the right sides out as pictured below.
You will end up with (from top to bottom) batting, Fabric 1 (RS down), Fabric 2 (RS up) batting, Fabric 2 (RS down), Fabric 1 (RS up). Check the picture below if that is clear as mud!
Note: You want all the edges to align, mine are staggered to help you see the order.
With a 1/4" seam (and I would strongly recommend a walking foot) sew down one long side of the sandwich
You will end up with the exact same sandwich with the Fabric 1 and Fabric 2 positions swapped.
Trim the top and the bottom of the joined sets to make a squared up rectangle.
Iron your tie fabric right sides together along the long edge.
Prep the binding by sewing the two strips together with a bias seam and then pressing wrong sides together down the links as you did for the tie.
Place the two ties in the centre of the long mat sides, with one on the front and one on the back matching the raw edges.
Sew the binding on the front of the mat, mitering at the corners. Fold the binding over the raw edges and secure with machine or hand stitches. I chose to use the machine for strength as I assume this will go in the washing machine fairly regularly.
To fold the cutlery set in the placemat place the cutlery set in the centre as pictured.