Anyway, I got the idea from this post. Everyone can always use new placemats, right? I liked the idea, having pops of color on a neutral background.
With this in mind, I set off to the fabric store and settled with a grey background, with blue details.
As I may have mentioned once or twice: I don't like following patterns. I tend to make things up as I go. I also detest measuring things, and cutting things over and over and over. There was a lot of that, to make these placemats! Oh well.
I'm sure it took longer than it should have. Half of my time was spent working with the sewing machine-- I mostly have the tension issues worked out, but for some reason, my decorative stitches are still having problems. I finally got the regular zig-zag stitch to work (mostly) well. I'm stumped. I've consulted the manual, the internet, I've played with it myself... hmph! The sewing machine I used growing up didn't have all these fancy stitches - or if it did, I didn't know - so it's frustrating that I can't use them, and can't figure them out! I'll get there eventually.
A few problems, and a few things I would do differently next time (I think I might make more for Christmas gifts?):
- Press the seams differently: I realized my mistake about halfway through, but I pressed the seams both over to the same side for some things. Next time, I'll do them flat, like a normal person.
- Either make the stripe of colors centered, or move them up/down more. I meant to make them off-center, but they don't look off-center enough to be intentional-- so instead, it just kind of looks like it's accidentally off-center.
- Figure out those darn decorative stitches!
Since I don't like following instructions, I'm not about to provide instructions (also because I don't remember the exact dimensions I used). So, without further ado:
|Blue and grey placemats!|
|(grr, why won't it rotate?)|
|At least I managed the zig zag...|
So, there they are. They came out alright, I think. The grey fabric looks a little rough and industrial in the photos, but I think they look alright in real life.
I'm considering whipping up some quick, matching coasters. We'll see.