Hi there!! If you are stopping by via Pinterest or from another link, thanks so much for coming! And, while you're at it, take a look around...there's lots of fun stuff to see!
I'm reposting a guest post that I did a couple of weeks ago over at Imagine Gnats today. It's a little pillow made using a placemat, so simple and cute! Recently, since this post first appeared, I stumbled across this little tutorial for a placemat clutch, also super easy and cute! Happy Weekend!
I’m thrilled to be guest posting for Rachael. I love coming here to read about all of fantastic sewing projects, don’t you? It is funny to think about Rachael and I here in the blog world together...because a long long time ago we actually shared a different talent. A long long time ago when we were in High School, before I knew much at all about sewing, and when my crafting was friendship bracelets and bead necklaces...she and I sat next to each other in our high school band playing the french horn.
So, how did I get here...? Slowly...When I left my first job to move to NYC with my then boyfriend (now husband) I received a refurbished Bernina sewing machine as a going away gift from my co workers. I used that sewing machine to sew up some new slip covers for our couch...then some pillows...then a memory quilt for my in-laws’ wedding anniversary...and then my first stuffed animals, wool stuffed elephants for my new nephews...
The store, at the moment, is my little etsy shop where I sell my stuffed animals among other things...And the blog...is me...you will find crafty things to do with preschoolers or on your own...you will see new sewing projects...you will see the results of nature walks...and yes, you will see lots of pictures of my two kiddos...Violet and Henry...because, they are there for it all!
So, enough about me...wanna know more stop on by...
Today, I thought I’d share a fun quick little sewing project. Ha, I know, you are suffering from some serious post holidays project overload but still probably have a need to do something lazily creative! This is the project for you! Placemat pillows.
In the middle of my holiday project madness I found myself wanting to send off a balsalm filled festive pillow to my Dad in Florida as a Christmas gift, but alas...I was all out of pillows. Not wanting to cut and design a whole new pillow, but still wanting a thoughtful gift, I went to the store and bought this placemat.
Sew around the three sides leaving about a 3”-4” opening at the bottom...Trim the corners and then turn the placemat pillowcase right side out and stuff (add Balsam fir, if desired. Here is where I got mine). Sew up the opening using a ladder stitch. You will likely need to use a larger needle, like an embroidery needle to sew up the opening. Placemats are very stiff and it is hard to push through a small needle. Also, I used button thread which is super strong, almost like dental floss. I started with regular thread but it wasn't strong enough to pull through the extra thickness of the placemat.
Thanks for having me Rachael! Happy Honeymooning!
Oh, and I'm linking up today here...check it out!