When we're brainstorming on projects for our popular ScrapBusters series, we like to give you ideas for various sizes and shapes. That's the beauty of scraps: some are tall and narrow, some are short and squat, some are simply chunks and hunks of great color and design. They're all so pretty, and we saved them for a reason, right? Because we want to use them again! Dig down for the tall and narrow pieces in your scrap stash, fussy cut them to center the prettiest possible vertical motifs, then stitch them together into this striking table runner with a subtle ruffled edge.
My brother made me laugh out loud when he said a "mug rug" sounded like a bad toupee for an ugly guy. Although a great guess, a mug rug is really a mini placemat designed to hold your coffee mug or tea cup and maybe an extra little treat, or... when placed by your sewing machine, a handy place to jab a few pins and needles as you sew. Originally, they came onto the scene as a fun excuse to use up some scraps by making an itty-bitty quilt. We took the mug rug concept a step further by turning it into a hand-sewn greeting card with the addition of our Salutation Strip through the center. Cards are a nice thought, but most eventually end up in the garbage can. Instead, create a Happy Birthday, Congratulations, Thank You or I Love You message with a purpose; an every day reminder to the recipient that they have a friend in you!
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.
The serenity of a neutral palette is so 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 uses nine different fabrics (eight for the two-part fronts and one for all the backs) in the bold colors and patterns of Ty Pennington Impressions. The riveting jewel tones are drop dead gorgeous, but the design itself is just begging for your own infusion of style. A thick floss running stitch across the border adds a subtle dash of handmade flair.
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.
The most popular fabric in the realm of rustic is burlap. Believe it or not, this coarse fabric, more traditionally known for bagging coffee beans than bedecking wedding finery, is the hottest ticket out there when it comes to adding trendy texture. Part of the reason behind this is how many options are available in burlaps today – both in density (the coarseness of the weave) as well as color. Yep... burlap is not just brown anymore. We've come up with a beautiful design for a simple wedding table runner made of two layers of burlap joined with decorative stitching and highlighted with a splash of luxurious silk. Burlap, like many specialty fabrics, comes in very wide widths. The burlaps we found at Fabric.com ranged from 47" to 60" wide with the most common width being 58". This means you can cut a number of strips from each piece.
It's the age-old square peg in a round hole conundrum... or vice versa: round peg in square(ish) hole. Plates are round, but placemats are usually rectangles. Sure, you have that extra real estate off to the sides for your napkin and utensils, but circles do come in several dimensions. Our round placemats finish at 16" in diameter, giving you plenty of room for a variety of place settings. And they're reversible: patchwork on the front, solid on the back for twice the table topping power.
Today's fabric collections seem to get larger and more gorgeous with each season's new arrivals. There are multiple colorways and a wonderful variety of motifs. And, of course, they all blend together beautifully. It can be hard to narrow down your choices, which is why we designed today's multi-fabric placemats. Each one uses seven different 2½" strips. It's perfect for pre-cut Jelly Rolls, but you could also cut your own strips from all your favorites. Decorative stitching ties the rows together, adds a bit of elegance, and holds all the layers in place.
Winter is nature's neutral season. Apart from the sparkling blue sky of an occasional sunny day, colors seem to go into hibernation, leaving us with snow whites, silver cloud grays and mud puddle browns. If you're missing the colors of spring, today's cheery pinwheel coasters with their "hot dots" will inject some bright pops of color into your dreary day. These are based on a tutorial we originally featured several months back, but we've revised things a bit to utilize layer cake squares, showing you how cute it can be with a variety of colors bundled together into a pretty set. They're great for a gift, but you'll also want an extra set to keep for yourself as reminder of flowers and sun to come.
When Dorothy arrives in Oz to meet the Wizard, the pageantry of her welcome includes the amazing "Horse of a Different Color." When I was young and saw this, I was convinced that horse was real and longed to find one. I got a little older and realized it was a metaphor, as were those terrifying winged monkeys. Although I still stand respectfully back from the primate enclosure at the zoo, the Horse of a Different Color remains a favorite and is a great description of what can happen when you take a project and look at it from a different angle. It's the theory behind our Re-imagine & Renovate series, or R&R as we call it. We take one of our favorite classic projects and try it in new fabric with a new color palette - sometimes even changing up one of the techniques slightly. Today we're re-doing our very popular circular trivets.