Thursday, April 22, 2010

[p] is for patchwork placemats

I found these patchwork placemats at Goodwill several years ago and have used them almost every day since! Best $1.49 ever spent! Only problem- there are only 4...and we have 5 in our family. So I decided to make another. It does not match, but that is the point of patchwork isn't it- to "not match"?! It only took an hour so I want to make more with other colors- a red patchwork placemat, a green patchwork placemat....etc..........


Our newest placemat family member- yellow patch!


Definitely not perfect- but it makes the table bright and happy. I copied the Goodwill placemats and stitched all of the patches together (I cannot measure- it is against the art*house rules to measure while sewing). Then I sewed a plain piece of fabric to the back (sewed right sides together just like making a pillow, leave one side open- turn right side out and then iron that last side so it looks like it is sewed under- then sew a seam all around the edge.


happy!




polka-dotty!



cheerful

Question: are you a placemat kind of person or a tablecloth person? Or maybe you use nothing at all- which it completely fine- I just feel a little naked when we do that :)

16 comments:

Lauren said...

Your adorable patchwork mats are soooo you! And I love your own creation! (And I sooo love the fact that you don't measure. I just sew and go and see what happens! Gives life a bit more spice!) I really really really love your mismatched table setting! It's sooo artistic and fun!

rachel awes said...

i mostly do the naked route because it's easy to clean...
unless we're having guests!...
if an occasion, it tends to be a
tablecloth & have gotten it by the
yard at ikea!!
i just adore your colorful life.
it must be a dream come true
to live within your pretty walls. x

redeemed diva said...

OK, please,please,please do some how-to posts on how to make your table settings look cool like that or how to mix colors and patterns? I just have no clue and I need a little Sara in my home! I am not bold enough to mix polka dots and stripes, but I'd be willing to do it if I understood when and why and how to recognize when you can. Please teach us! Hey readers, if you agree with me, please join me as I beg!

Monica said...

If it were just me I'd probably be a tablecloth person on the kitchen table and placemat on the dining room table. Since Bobby reads the paper at the kitchen table and needs to be able to push it and his drink and plate around, that eliminates any non-skid surface in the kitchen. He prefers tablecloths in the dining room because that's what his Mom used.

Stephanie said...

With a toddler we seem to use placemats and tablecloths! Love your yellow patchwork :) When I make little projects or something for myself I tend not to measure as well, and I rarely use pins.... I don't have time for pins, hahaha. Imperfectly perfect ;)

tacky said...

I tend to use a fabric tablecloth...it is the best for soaking up spills quickly! Never fails...a clean table cloth gets dirty/wet/sticky/crumby within the first few minutes of adorning the table. sighing loudly. So...lately...nothing...just a doily under the centerpiece!
I just might need to make some placemats! They are cute!!!!

Sara @ The Football Wife said...

I think I'm going to convert to placemats! Yay!!

Pam said...

We go nekid, I mean the table does! Nothing to clean, nothing to get yanked, nothing to be askew, nothing to get spilled on, nothing to store. I do, however, appreciate the beauty of a well-set table, and think your patchwork placemats are cute as can be!

Jack said...

oh sara, you are so talented. i wish i could have just a little of your talent!! I love it!! we go "naked" just because our table is small and the placemats i have are too big!!

Adrienne said...

cuteness!!! your dishes look great on it too.

Sun-Kissed Scholars said...

Wow-- awesome patchwork mats at an awesome price... and I love the new addition. :-)
Lately we've been using nothing at all. I have a toddler that hids under tableclothes (and eventually pulls the "tent" down.)
Our table is really too small for the 6 of us, and I'm not sure placemats for each would even fit. ;-)
Love your cheerful polka happy table!

Shelly said...

Our table is nude! My 2 yr old climbs and jumps to my lap. My 5 yr old cant sit still. A dog who trys to reach the table and get a hold of food! It is a zoo around here at meal time. And I am sure a tableclothe would just get yanked on and my OCD could not let it be not straight.

Jennifer said...

by the way...sorry about "jack's" comment....that was actually me, but I was logged in under Jack. sorry!

gypsy@Hebrews11:13 said...

I'm definitely a table cloth girl. Placemats are so pretty but I get annoyed when you have no where to put your drink on the placemat and it leaves a wet ring on the table...blah blah blah....so table cloths for me. I really love your placemat- you are a good seamtress:)

Stephanie said...

I agree with the first comment - PLEASE give us some tips on how to mismatch yet match with our dishes!!

Carron said...

Ok. I over-happy-clicked & found my way here. I can't leave. I've been reading & draggin & reading & I just love. LOVE. l.o.v.e. your blog :) Of all the many different posts I could've commented, I stopped here because I have a bookcase full of fabric dying to have a purpose---BAM! placemats!! Yes!!! thanks for sharing this idea with us! I'm off to read more! Oh, wait. what are you painting the windows with? I use window markers, but now I want a rainbow on our school window! & I want to go nuts in our house with gallons & gallons of bright paints! :)