Friday, August 7, 2015

Oilcloth and denim placemats for the patio

....does this mean I can stop cleaning the table?! I'll just slap these bad boys down right on top of the limitless supply of pollen and call it good! Right? Fine. I'll keep cleaning the darn thing.

 But at least it will look prettier when we use it!

The oilcloth is an item Joann's had in stock, I grabbed a cut of it with one of their 50% off coupons and called it a day. I'm not a big paisley person but I like the nice blue and white for this project. It'll wipe up easily, it's not slippery, and it's got a bit of heft to it.

For the backing I knew I wanted denim, there is nothing more relaxing than a great pair of jeans! And it's a sturdy fabric that won't stain easily, so that's a win. For the denim I went to goodwill on their half off day and grabbed a very large pair of men's jeans off the rack for $1 and butchered them for the fabric. I was able to cut pieces large enough to back three of the placemats, and had to piece enough fabric to get the backing out for the fourth. I like the leg seaming running through the middle, it's not overly bulky and is a cute detail. On the one I had to piece I simply sewed them together and top stitched it using the standard gold thread.

To make them I cut my pieces 12" x 18", put them wrong sides together, and sewed the whole perimeter. I whipped up some extra wide double fold bias tape and used that to hide the raw edge and did a simple miter at the corners. Pretty straightforward but it packs a punch!

The bias tape also adds some fun color and throws me unabashedly into the red, white, and blue backyard BBQ, burgers, and beer mood!

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