I know I promised you tablecloths at the end of my throw pillow post, but as I started researching videos I didn’t think making a tablecloth would be challenging enough. My aunt (who is the sewing queen) suggested I try making placemats with a mitered corner. It sounded like the perfect step up from throw pillows, so I gave it a shot!My supplies: 1 ½ yards fabric for the back, 1 ¼ yards fabric for the front, 2 yards fusible interface. Note: the interface should have been heavy duty, but the store I was in only had light and I was lazy so I bought a bit more than was needed and used three layers of it (not recommended). Total cost for 4 placemats was: $16.85.
My Teachers: Clara was so great last time, I used her again!
The process: When hemming two edges that meet, a mitered corner reduces the bulk and allows the edges to meet evenly. You can miter corners of curtains, placemats, tablecloths, quilts and so much more for a clean and professional looking finish to your project. Making a mitered corner wasn’t difficult, however I hit a few bumps in the road (that could have been avoided) that made the process more challenging and very frustrating.
I didn’t learn my lesson and cut my fabric on the floor again (poor back!), I still couldn’t manage to cut in a straight line and I ran into trouble because we don’t have an iron. One of the first steps in Clara’s video is to iron down a ½” seam all the way around your fabric. Instead, I pinned and then sewed a ½” seam all the way around. So what would have taken me 1-2 minutes with an iron, took me 15 minutes (I’m a slow pinner). Using pins meant that there would be a row of stitching showing that wasn’t there on Clara’s finished product. Once all the prep work was done however, making and sewing the mitered corner happened in a flash and I am glad that I have that trick under my belt for future projects.
I decided to stop after I had made two placemats. I am proud of those two, but I think they could have been better if I hadn’t had so many bumps in the road. I will make the 3rd and 4th placemats when I have access to an iron, a table I can cut on, and a pattern made. After chatting with a friend I realized it would be so much easier to cut the fabric in a straight line if I was following a pattern. So I will measure out the size of placemat I want on a piece of paper, pin it to my fabric and then cut the fabric. Hopefully these things will produce an even better end product and reduce the frustration during the process. In the meantime, I have started researching my next sewing project: curtains! Stay tuned :)
Do you have any sewing tips that make your end products look professional?