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What We’re Working On – Tailored Placemats

Welcome to the slightly delayed, first installment of What We’re Working On!

Today, I have a bit of a tutorial for making placemats with heavy weight interfacing instead of fleece/quilt batting. This gives the placemats a more tailored look.

The fabrics I am using are Michael Miller’s Kitschy Cocktails and Fashion Solids in Vine Green.

To start, pick what dimensions you’d like your placemat to be, and add an inch for seam allowances. My starting size is 13.5″ x 20″, but you can pick whatever you like – there’s really no standard dimension for placemats.

You will need to cut three pieces for each placemat – your front, your back, and your interfacing. Your interfacing piece will be cut 1/2″ smaller than the other pieces on one side – you will see why later.

Sandwich your pieces all together. Your front and your back should be right sides facing each other, and then your interfacing should be on top of that. Pin together.

When sewing these together, start at the edge that you’ve made half an inch shorter. However, don’t start right at the edges of your fabric, but instead start where the interfacing starts. Sew around, leaving the edge with the shorter interfacing open.

Now, on the edges that you’ve sewn, you want to trim your interfacing as close to your stitching as possible. This will eliminate bulk in the seam allowance. You’ll also want to clip the corners.

Now, time for some pressing. On the unsewn edge with the shorter interfacing, you are going to turn the top layer of fabric over this by 1/2″ and press.

Flip the placemat over, and press the unsewn edge down 1/2″ on this side as well.

Once you’ve pressed both sides down, you can now turn your placemat right side out

After that, all that’s left to do is top stitch around the edges, give the placemat a final press, and you’re done!

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More new goodies!

Just in! Another of the prints from the Michael Miller A Tribute to Tammis Keefe line! This one is called Contented Cats, and it’s a linen/cotton blend! So super cute!

DN4933 - Contented Cats

Also, another fun retro print that we just got in is called Kitschy Cocktails, which is also from Michael Miller. This print would be so fun to do something with in a kitchen or your retro bar!

CX4144 - Kitschy Cocktails

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A Michael Miller Tribute to Tammis Keefe prints now in!

I can’t remember the last time I have been this excited about fabric! OK, I am always excited about fabric, but this is extra exciting! We’ve finally gotten in two of the prints from the Michael Miller Tribute to Tammis Keefe line in.

We’ve got Hoot in blue:

Tammis Keefe - Hoot - Blue

As well as Tammis Dogs in Tomato:

Tammis Keefe - Tammis Dogs

These prints are super cute, and the quality of the fabric is delicious – super, super soft 100% cotton.

In addition, we’ve got many of the prints from the Michael Miller line, Sanctuary by Patty Young. I am loving the Geo Bloom and the Dahlia Lama prints, especially, but they are all gorgeous!
DS4807 - Geo Bloom - Sherbert DS4705- Dahlia Lama - Seafoam

Also, stay tuned – later this week, we hope to have the first installment of What’s we’re working on up on the blog here!

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Moving along …

We’re working hard on our online shop to get everything up and running! Thus far, the Alexander Henry, Michael Miller, Moda, RJR, Benartex, Avlyn, Amy Butler and Island Batik categories have all of our current stock uploaded and ready to buy.  Keep checking back, though, as more stock is getting uploaded daily in the other categories – please, stay tuned!

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New and Improved!

Hello and welcome to Sew What’s new store! Currently you’ll find the same fabrics listed as in my Etsy store, but at lower prices! However, please stay tuned. Over the next few weeks, we will be adding many many more fabrics, so please, stay tuned!

Also, please watch this space – in upcoming weeks, I will be highlighting new fabrics, what I am working on, project ideas, how tos, and tonnes more ideas for you!

In the mean time, please check out our new and improved store!