Thursday, June 03, 2010

DIY placemats for two bucks

We have a small kitchen with an even smaller kitchen table, which makes it very hard to find four placemats that will fit on the table at once. I know this, because I've spent the last year looking for placemats. One day, while browsing the Dollar General, I came across these cute kitchen towels for a buck a piece and realized that, cut in half and hemmed, they could become my Perfect Placemats. Of course, it took four months and two days home recovering from my wisdom teeth surgery to actually do the project, but who's counting?

Despite not having used my sewing machine for a solid year, I was pleased to find I still remembered how to thread it - just like riding a bicycle! (Remembering, that is. Not threading. That would be weird.) The towel was already hemmed on each side, so all I had to do was fold over the fabric along the cut line (I hardly ever use pins - I'm a rebel!) and sew a straight line. After the first placemat, I found snipping the corners off the edge I was about to sew made a neater placemat, and so I did just that. Easy peasy!

The finished product - four new placemats that fit my kitchen table perfectly, for just $2.00 and 30 minutes of my time. Let's see them in action, shall we?

(You can see why I don't take photos in my kitchen. Hello, yellow lighting!)

I have to say, it felt good to get behind the old sewing machine again. Maybe this will be the summer that I actually make a skirt and wear it. I hope so!