Good Morning, and Happy Monday my beautiful readers! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! I spent the weekend trying to survive a sinus infection. It may just be time to go into the doctor, pout, pout!
That's ok, because I'm so excited today to have guest blogger
Hi, I’m Ashley and I blog at Homemaking Challenged about my challenges in the area of homemaking. No matter how hard I try, things don’t always go to plan, but I’m trying to grow in this area, and share everything from recipes to projects around the house to encouragement and tips for the modern homemaker.
I’m so honored that Allie is letting me share this tutorial with you. Today I will show you an easy way to make placemats, and I do mean EASY. It all started when I fell in love with some curtains. I was then “forced” to paint our wall grey. Then I found a matching tablecloth for the curtains, I bought it and placed it on the table, however it was too matchy/matchy and I was not a fan. So what is a girl to do but turn that tablecloth into placemats for our family. Here is how I did it.
First you must, gather your supplies:
- An old placemat (to use as a template)
- Fabric (I used a tablecloth - bonus because it already has some seams)
- Ironing board
- Heat n Bond hem
- Paper bag
- Scotch guard
Heat up your iron, and then using your template, mark 1/4’’ around the template with your pencil.
Cut out the fabric. Fold your seam and press with the iron.
Place your heat n bond under the pressed seam.
Cover the seam with the paper bag and slowly move your iron over it. Remove paper bag and repeat the process for each seam.
The paper bag is important so the extra bond gets on it, instead of your project or iron!
It really is a simple and easy process, I did four placemats in about 20 minutes and that was with taking pictures.
The final step is a must for those who have kids, scotch guard those babies so that they stay nicer longer.
Secrets for Success:
- Don’t skip the pre-iron step, I know it is tempting, but it makes a big difference.
- Flip it over to the front to check that it is the way you want it after you iron the seams and before you press it with the bond.
- Cut the top layer of each corner at an angle so that they line up nicely
- Don’t move the paper bag away too fast, but make sure it is still warm to the touch when you do, so that it takes all of the extra glue off your fabric with it.
- Don’t put them in the dryer! Heat is what is holding them together, and the dryer may unseal it. If you want to be able to dry it, then you will need to stitch it.
- They don’t have to be perfect, even the ones I bought from the store aren't perfectly strait.
Fabulous tutorial, especially for those who sometimes don't get the seams straight
(a-hem, not me, lol). I love that pattern too, so lovely!
Thank yo so much Ashley for your wonderful post ,
and thank you all for tuning in today!
Until Next Time...
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