Sunday, February 10, 2008

All By Myself!

While Casey was away this weekend I decided that I would use my quiet evenings to get some practice time on my sewing machine. Tuesday, I went to College Station to get some sewing essentials and practice fabric, and while Casey and I watched Super Tuesday, I practiced setting up my machine. I also bought some books online that would give me practical instructions and cute ideas. Finally, Saturday evening arrived. I put Braelyn to bed, got out all my supplies and went to work. My project: Placemats with a utensil pocket. I used the basic idea and pattern from this adorable and handy, little book Simple Sewing. (Look familiar, anyone?:)

I had hoped to knock out a set of two placemats, but I only managed to complete one. I also made a few mistakes. One edge of the place mat is not quite straight and my pocket somehow ended up a little crooked. Oh well, I'm still proud of it and tickled to pieces that I did it all by myself! :)


The utensil pocket in the book was for chopsticks, but since we never use chopsticks, I made it a little larger for silverware. I also put the pocket fabric on the back to make the place mat a little heavier. The plan is to do another one like this and then two more reversing the fabrics. We'll see...the possibilities are endless! :)

12 comments:

Lynnette said...

Thats so cute! I would like to learn how to make placemats since that is what I always use on our table and buying them at the store can be costly!!

Morgan said...

very cute!! i'm impressed!

Cynthia said...

Like the prints. Well, look at you!

Sara Triana said...

That is a really neat idea.

Jason and Sarah said...

Wow! I really like how it turned out! Very cute!

Erin said...

Look at you - even modifying the pattern! What a pro! So proud! They're adorable!

Abbie said...

Oh my goodness! What a FUN idea!! It turned out so so cute!! Great job!

annette said...

Way to go Steph.

Casey said...

woo hoo! i love "simple sewing" projects!

carahinojosa said...

Quiet evenings? I forgot about those...;)

If you ever decide to make and sell placemats I'll be first in line!

Steph said...

Thanks Cara...and I agree with the 9th comment on your last post...where are you?

monique said...

Great Job, Steph! They turned out spectacular.