Outdoor dining takes a little creativity in order to keep everything from blowin' in the wind. Our darling, durable placemats have built-in pockets to hold flatware and/or napkins. Dining in? Hooray for the reversible! Simply flip over the placemats for whole new look – the back is pocket-free. These clever placemats are so quick and easy, you can easily whip up enough for your own table or the entire family reunion in a single weekend. You want a substantial fabric for this project: a canvas, heavy cotton duck or an outdoor fabric. We went the outdoor fabric route, which worked well and looked great. We love the bright, bold designs common in the outdoor category – perfect for casual summer meals.
It's time to celebrate the colors of summer! These cheery pinwheel coasters with their "hot dots" will inject some bright pops of color into your seasonal dining. They'd be particularly fun for an outdoor celebration. The design is based on a classic S4H tutorial, but we've revised things a bit to utilize pre-cut 10" x 10" Layer Cake squares, showing how cute it can be to bundle together variety of colors into a pretty set. Dig down into your scrap stash for some fave prints and solids and get these pinwheels spinning! Great as a gift idea, but you'll surely want an extra set or two for yourself.
Dinner - good. Dinner with friends - better. Dinner with friends outside around a beautifully set table - best. Nothing spices up your outdoor living space more quickly than a new tablecloth. Ours is fast and easy, but also unique with a center contrasting panel that acts like a built-in runner and secret pockets behind each corner. Use these corner pockets to slip in weights that can help hold the tablecloth in place when gentle summer breezes start to blow. The bold Waverly Sun N Shade fabrics we used will keep the tablecloth looking great all season long.
Did you know the paper napkin made its debut in 1887? While that's quite historically interesting, we still prefer the cloth napkin. This pretty floating rick rack technique allows you to fancy-up a standard cloth napkin for a gift, a party – or just for everyday. It’s fun and easy, and you may already have everything you need on hand to whip up a stack in no time.
The beauty of this runner is in the texture of the pleated squares side by side with the plain squares. It looks best in a solid, which really shows off the definition. We chose a linen blend in crisp pear green – perfect for Spring. This tutorial also shows you a fun way to create mitered corners without using a separate binding strip. Our "binding" is actually the folded-over edges of the back panel; it's binding and back all in one! There's plenty o' pressing in this project, so having a great iron makes it fast and easy. Here in the Sew4Home studios, we use Oliso irons. Love them - especially their iTouch® technology: touch the handle and the iron lowers. Remove your hand and it lifts back up. No more scorching, and a much more stable base.
The serenity of a neutral palette is wonderfully cool and calming. But sometimes, you gotta shake things up with a burst... no, an explosion of color. This set of four mix-and-match placemats is designed to use up to nine different fabrics (eight for the two-part fronts and one for all the backs) in super bold colors and patterns. We chose riveting jewel tones, which are drop dead gorgeous, but this project is just begging for your own infusion of style. A hand running stitch in a thick floss across the bottom panels adds a subtle dash of handmade flair.
By emphasizing a large motif and using a contrasting fabric for the borders, this place mat design creates the perfect frame for your favorite place setting. You’ll learn how to fussy cut to perfectly center the fabric’s motif, so whether you make two or twenty, each mat can be a perfect match. Our clever construction method starts as a tube, allowing a flatter finish with four lines of vertical topstitching.
We’ve all heard the waiter’s common admonition, “Careful! The plate is hot!” At which point, we instinctively reach out to touch the plate… because we just can’t help ourselves! Hot dishes happen at home as well, and there’s usually no waiters to warn you about them. Instead, use our soup bowl cozy to protect yourself. Made with all natural fibers, it can go right into the microwave. So, even though they (who are they?!) always tell us only the food should heat up in the micro, we know that is not always the case. Say goodbye to “too hot to handle” with our cute cozies.
"Snug as a mug on a rug." Just gotta say that and get it out of the way! Sometimes a placemat takes up too much real estate, and a coaster is too small to hold anything extra. A mug rug is bigger than a coaster but smaller than a placemat – just the right size at your desk, in the sewing room, or on a small end table in the living room or den. Our design adds a unique little pocket with its own napkin for truly self-contained snacking. We used leftover pre-cuts from our stash (Bonnie & Camille's Marmalade collection for Moda Fabrics) and framed it all with coordinating rick rack.
Cross Stitch is one of the oldest styles of embroidery. According to several historians, it dates back as far as the Tang dynasty in China (618-906 AD). It is traditionally done by hand with hundreds to thousands of tiny cross-hatches forming each finished design. In many ways, it’s really a precursor to today’s pixelated digital designs. To create cross stitch by machine, you need a thread with a matte finish to replicate the traditional antique look, and it must be super fine in order to form the multitude of tiny crosses. We chose Aurifil 80wt thread, which succeeded beautifully on all levels, producing a soft, realistic heirloom finish.