Some of the projects will feature and teach a particular technique, some textures, and others certain fabrics. This month it is fabric and the fabric is burlap. BURLAP ON A PLACEMAT??? Yup! It is cute as you can see by the picture.
Here is what you will need for each placemat you make:
1 fat quarter of Autumn moon color fabric
1 fat quarter of fabric for backing
1 fat quarter sized stiff stabilizer such as Timtex, Peltex or something similar
1/4 yard of plaid for collar and sleeve
1/3 yard of flesh color burlap for face and hand
1/4 yard of brown or tan (with gold metallic flex, optional) for hat
10-1/2" by 2" fabric for hat band
Small scrap of orange for nose.
Step one: Download and print off pattern. The pattern is on the right on this page under "Links to my patterns". All the pattern pieces are printed on one sheet and are color coded. Don't be alarmed. Print the download and on separate sheets of paper trace each pattern piece. Most will say 'place on fold'. Just follow the appropriate lines. A light box will help, but if you do not have a light box tape the sheet to a window with good light coming through, place another sheet of paper over it and copy each piece. Where it says to place on fold you can do one of two things: turn your sheet around to get the full pattern or just simply fold the fabric in half and place the straight line--the 'place on fold' line on the fold. This will give you the full pattern. The placemat pattern piece itself has two fold lines. You will take your fat quarters and fold them twice, once horizontally and once vertically. Place the pattern piece on the appropriate fold lines and cut. When you open it it will be the full size.
Step two: Autumn moon color fabric, backing, and stabilizer using the pattern or cut 19-1/2" by 17" and round out the corners.
Step Four: Place Autumn moon color fabric on the stabilizer. You will keep this layered for stitching on pieces. Place face and hand as in the the following pictures:
Before sewing on the face trace the placement of the eyes, nose and mouth onto the face. Without the hat, satin stitch the hand and face in place.
Turn back up and turn under edge 1/4" and stitch down.
Step six: Pin hat in place. Use satin stitch and stitch from above the band on one side to above the band on the other. Stitch below both sides of the band from the band to bottom edge. DO NOT stitch across the bottom edge of the hat.
Step seven: Begin to unravel the bottom edge of the hat until under the band
or until desired place..
then stitch across just above the unravel place with small satin stitch.
Step eight: Collar. Cut 4 pieces of the plaid 4-1/2" by 2-1/2". Cut 2 pieces of stabilizer the same size. Layer 2 stacks like this: one plaid face up, one face down, stabilizer.
Stitch on two short sides and one long side 1/4".
Step nine: place collars under face
sew in place with satin stitch
Step ten: Sleeve. Cut of the same fabric for collar a strip 7" by 4-1/2". Across top of short edge, turn under 1/4", bring down measuring 2 inches and stitch down.
Fold under 1/4" on the sides of the sleeve and stitch down.
Step eleven: Put nose in place and stitch with satin stitch.
Step twelve: use embroidery floss and hand stitch the face or use black thread and machine stitch following the pattern for eye brows and mouth. For machine stitched mouth use small satin stitch.
Step thirteen: place this on the backing fabric and bind in your favorite way, with binding or my favorite is to serge with decorative thread in the upper and lower loopers.
Step fourteen: Thoroughly enjoy your new placemat!!
I hope you enjoy making this. I enjoyed making this for you and sharing it with you. God bless.