My little I-guy was quite insistent that I make him a placemat like his brother’s. He picked the fabric, buttons and ribbon and led me into the craft room, sat down and waited for me to make him his placemat! Then I had to show him all the stitches that my machine makes which led to a long discussion about sewing toys, clothes, and other things.
After watching me go back and forth from cutting board, iron to sewing machine, he did some careful contemplation (he has a great thinking look) and decided that he too needs an iron, sewing machine and round cutter thingy (rotary cutter). I suggested that we could just share (as long as mommy is around to help). I really do need to get my old machine in working condition so the boys can have a go at sewing.
Here’s what you’ll need to make your own:
2 ~ 14 x 17 inch pieces for the mat with 3/8 inch seam allowance.
2 ~ 3.5 x 6 inch pieces for the pocket with 1/4 inch seam allowance.
1 ~ 14 x 14 inch piece for the napkin with 1/4 inch double rolled hem (HERE is a good tutorial).
1 large button
18 inch piece of ribbon, cord, tie, etc.
scissors, thread, sewing machine, rotary cutter, cutting mat
1. Cut and iron all pieces.
2. Take the two largest pieces, place right sides together and sew all around using a 3/8 inch seam allowance leaving a 4 inch gap. Clip corners, turn right side out, poke corners out and press flat. Sew zig-zag stitch all around the edges.
3. Take two pocket pieces, place right sides together and sew all around using a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Leave a 2 inch gap on the bottom short end. Clip corners, turn right side out, poking corners out, and press flat. Place pocket piece on placemat — right or left bottom corner about 1 inch awary from edge, or where-ever you would like it to be. Pin in place and sew around sides and bottom edge with a straight stitch leaving top edge open.
4.Fold and roll the mat up and pick a good place to attach the ribbon (I folded the top third of the mat down over the utensil pocket the rolled it up from the utensil side). Hand stitch one end of the ribbon in place then hand sew the button on top.
5. Make napkin using the above tutorial, sit down and enjoy a nice little lunch!
added on 8/23****Wait! Before you go, stop by and check out my awesome interview with Dallas Clayton and enter for a chance to win his Awesome Book!****