My Adventures in Sewing

Archive for January 2011

I am one that cooks dinner every night for my family.  I love to cook & take pride in putting a great tasting and great looking meal on the table.  Eight times out of ten, my placemats are in the wash – thus my quick fix is putting dishtowels under each place setting.  While my family doesn’t seem to mind, it does take-away from my overall presentation (in my mind anyways).  So why haven’t I whipped together some new placemats, you ask.  Well, that is a VERY good question.  🙂

What could be simpler?  Cut a rectangle, sew four straight lines (leave a hole to invert the project) and voila! a placemat!  It really doesn’t get much simpler, so I started going through my fabrics.

The majority of my fabrics have been purchased from the remnant bin…after Halloween 🙂  I have several great black patterned pieces (not so obviously Halloween), some obvious Halloween patterns and a great piece of Orange.  I knew I wanted to make a double-sided placemat and I could get 4 cut pieces out of a black with white polka-dots and that great piece of Orange 🙂 

To make sure my pieces were cut straight, I pulled out my cutting mat, rotary cutter & ruler.  I measured twice (ok, 3 & 4 times) and began my game of Twister.  I don’t know what it is, but I cannot use my rotary cutter without getting all tangled up in myself!  LOL!  All pieces cut, I began pinning & sewing.     

I was so excited to have 1 whole placemat completed by the time it was time to start dinner 🙂  No, I am not the fastest seamstress in the west, but sometimes slow & steady wins the race. 

Tomorrow I plan to finish up the other 3 mats & will post pictures of my finished product.


Hi everyone!  I am so happy to say I have 3 participants in the Pay It Forward giveaway 🙂 

Thank you to all that entered & I can’t wait to get started on your gifts!  Remember to post the Pay It Forward giveaway on your own blog. 

For those who would like to participate, check out the following blogs:


My cousin, Lindsay of Lindsay Sews, just shared a great giveaway with her readers.  If you like to create, share (and receive) this is project for you.  Here is the message she posted:

I promise to send something handmade to the first 3 people who leave a comment      here.  To be eligible, you must also post this in your blog, offering the same thing to 3 other people.  The rules are that it must be handmade by you and it must be sent to your 3 people in 2011. 

While I worked on a few projects during the holidays (which I need to post), I haven’t worked on anything since the New Year began.  I thought this would be the perfect way to get back into the groove.  So, if you are one of the first 3 people who would like to participate & Pay It Forward, just comment on my post & you will receive a handmade gift from me 🙂

I’m not sure what I’m going to make, however I can’t wait to get started.  Let the adventure begin!

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