So this is the project I decided to make up for the hop. I love these place mats, partly due to the simplicity of their design, and that they don't take long to make. I wanted to make the tea cozy too, but I don't really need a another cozy. I made my place mats a little different than the pattern though and I will tell you how.
- First I didn't use linen. I don't like linen after it is washed, because then you have to iron it. What a pain that is for me. So I chose this cute fabric by Tanya Whelan for Free Spirit Fabrics. It's from her Valentine's line. Then I chose some coordinating but also contrasting fabrics for the circles.
- Second change was I used batting rather than fusible interfacing. Because I had it, and didn't have the interfacing. I didn't have time to shop for something else. The batting works great.
- Third, the pattern shows you how to do a reverse applique around each circle. Ugh. Okay so I love applique, but seriously folks I have no time for applique right now with this guy running around. He's nearly 2, need I say more?
- And lastly, I added a rick rack edging, because it's super cute and because it seems to really add a pop to the place mats.
- It is a great pattern, in part because it was well written as are all of the patterns in this great book. But also because I could embellish and change it up to my specifications.
So some of the ladies are doing a giveaway of the book, and guess what so am I! I am also including an Olfa Circle Cutter in the giveaway.
Olfa Circle Cutter. Wahoo! I used the circle cutter in my project to make the Luncheon napkins in the book but also for this project. It is so handy-I love it! I will have a couple in my shop for sale too.
Rules for the giveaway.......
Enter by leaving me a comment about which projects in the Kitchen Stitches book that you would like to make. Get a second entry by following me and leave a comment about that.
Enter by Monday February 10th at Midnight. I will choose the winners at random.