i came up with a little tableware set for the new couple.
now i realize this wouldn't be the ideal gift for every bride.....but for those like me who love the sweet, country, homespun look, it's perfect.
this grain sack was such a find. it was in good condition, had great colors, and lots of character. and it was only $5.
i also love how much the doilies add to the placemats.
so even though this isn't rocket science, i wanted to post a little how-to in case anyone had questions.
what you'll need:
a vintage grain sack and doilies (kind of optional--i've made cute placemats since these without either)
2 yards of muslin
--rip the muslin: in half width-wise, then in half length-wise, then in half lengthwise again on each piece.
this will give you 8 of the same size rectangles.
--cut out or rip squares, rectangles, and strips of your fabric scraps.
i only used one grain sack so i cut out 4 substantial pieces to feature one on each placemat.
--arrange each placemat and topstitch (unless you quilted these, raw edges are inevitable but just add to the look)
--add a layer of quilt batting. make sure to match up all four corners or you will have trouble when they go through the wash.
--add another muslin on bottom to make a sandwich.
--topstitch all four sides.
--rip four napkins out of a coordinating fabric, serge the sides.
--add a set of bowls to the placemats and napkins to make a complete gift.
--write a note (or in this case, sew one) and wrap it up.
i liked this present because it was affordable, but i felt like i had spent so much time to make something i loved that the price didn't matter or make it cheap. but.....it was so hard to give away! i wanted to keep these for myself.