Tutorial – Simple Placemats

Tutorial simple placemats Top stitch

Remember when I said that I wanted to try things by myself? Well, I have made my first project without checking tutorials!

Yes, it’s a very simple one, so it was almost impossible to make mistakes, but I needed something to offer to my mother on her birthday and placemats seemed a great gift!

I’m gonna make a tutorial for this simple placemats so you can make your own!

You’ll need:

  • Top fabric (I used some decoration fabric from Ikea)
  • Back fabric (I used some medium weight cotton)
  • Interfacing (I used some medium interfacing, for sew)
  • Matching thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Iron

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First cut your fabric with the desired measures – Remember the seam allowance – This tutorial is for 2 placemats.

Remember to pre-wash your fabric! You want the placemats to be fully washable, they will get dirty!

Press them very well.

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Cut the interfacing, I used this one (sorry, don’t know the name/number). As you can see this interfacing is kind of fluffy.

You can cut it just a bit smaller than your fabric, to reduce the bulk.

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Pin everything in place. My hearted pins are so sweet!

I didn’t care too much about the size, as you can see, because you can cut it later, just remember to catch both fabrics when sewing.

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Next step in this tutorial for simple placemats…sew!

Place the right sides together and remember to leave a gap. You will need to turn the fabric inside out. I used a 1/4 seam allowance.

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Trim the corners to reduce the bulk and turn! Your placemats are almost ready!

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Use something to get those corners perfect! I used a bone folder because I also make traditional notebooks, but you can use a pen or something similar.

Then..Press, press, press! We will thank me for this! It will be much easier to top stitch this way.

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Now, it’s time to top stitch! Use some matching thread and be very careful with the corners. Let the needle down and turn the fabric.

My stitches were a little tight because I was having some problems with the machine  (I discovered later that my needle was dull and I needed a new one).

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The final result! I’ve to confess that I was really happy with the final result! They turned out prettier that I thought and I really like the texture. They were consistent but fluffy at the same time! I’ll be using that interfacing for placemats again!

And… my mother loved them!

If you are a beginner in the sew world, I hope you enjoy this tutorial for simple placemats. They are really fun and easy to do and I loved the final result!

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Learning to sew – Idea nº 1

No tutorials for me – The first great idea!

Tutorials are a great way to learn how to sew; you can see how things are made and you can reproduce that.

This is great, unless you are a lazy person like me. When I see tutorials I tend not to think, I only read and reproduce, not thinking about the process. This can lead to a numerous mistakes. I’ve spend hours undoing things because I didn’t read the tutorial properly and I didn’t think. I’ve made a wallet, a beautiful one by the way, but the cards holders…were in the wrong side. Yes, for real! They were inside the wallet and were not visible after sewing.

This way I’m not learning properly, so I decided that for 2 months I’ll only make experiences by my own!

I’ll think of stuff that I would like to make and I’ll do it! I know that it will lead to a lot of mistakes but I think that I will learn more this way.

I’ve already two projects in mind: Some place mats with various top stitches and a ruffle scarf with my beautiful cat’s fabric.

What do you think? How did you learn?


My new fabric – Cats!

Today I want to show you a new fabric that I’ve bought!

It’s a beautiful fabric with some cute cats in it! I love cats and when I saw this fabric, I just had to buy it.
In the photo you can’t see clearly, but this is very light fabric and I will use it to make a ruffled scarf!

I’ve already thought on some projects to share with you and the light scarf is one of them. I’ll make a tutorial for this and share it with you. I don’t know when yet, but soon, soon!
This is a very easy project, so it’s perfect for a beginner that wants to wear something they made. Bags, aprons and other stuff it’s great, but I see so much satisfaction in a scarf!

Is this a gorgeous fabric or what?

Cat Fabric

Cats! Cats! Cats!

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Natural mode!

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Cat Detail


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Finding time to sew – Get organized

I’m a full time worker and besides my primary job, I have another one.

I’m a web content writer (only in Portuguese), so I spend 11 hours outside my home working and driving, and another couple of hours working from home. At weekends I work, again, as a web content writer, so I guess you know where I’m going… I can’t sew…

But I know that I’m not the only one! Nowadays everyone is so busy that is very hard to find time to do enjoyable things. I really want to have time to myself, so I came up a plan! I’m a very organized person, I like everything in its place and now I have organized my life.

Do you want time for yourself too? I’ll tell you how I did it and you see if it works for you!

Choose the days your work (no, you can’t choose all)

In my full time job I’ve have to work from Monday to Friday, but I get home about 7 p.m. I used to write articles everyday including Saturdays and Sundays, but that is over now! I only write for work 4 days/week – Monday; Wednesday; Friday and Sunday. I’ve to work more on the other days of course, but this way I’ll be happier!

So now we’ve got 3 free days! We have a couple hours of Tuesday and Thursday and a full Saturday. In Tuesday I’ll just sew (yay!); on Thursday and Saturday I’ll sew and clean the house.

At the beginning this can be hard, because you will think “Oh! I’ll just sew a little thing… NO!” You’ve got to stick with the plan. If I remember something nice to sew I’ll just put it in my list (yes, I also have a list of things to sew) and wait for the next sewing day.

Separate your life into pieces and schedules like this can sound sad, but it’s the best choice to the people who have a very busy life. If you find space for everything and stick to it YOU WILL have time to sew (or do other things that you like)!

My lunch bag was made in 4 separate days… Everyday I sewed a little bit and finally my bag was made and you know what? I was happy!

“You will never find time for anything. If you want time you must make it.” (Charles Buxton)

It’s your turn to get organized!

Spend one hour sitting with a notebook in front of you, plan your day, remember everything that you’ve to do and make a routine!

If you are not fond of full routines you can reserve a “surprise day”, a free day when you are doing whatever you want. Actually, my sew day are also free days, I can do other things if I want but if I want to sew, I can, I have time for that!

How do you manage your time? Do you have a better way? Let me know!