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last summer two of my friends got married and i decided to make each of them placemats, cloth napkins and chalkcloth coasters. i started with chiara’s. except…it was really damn hat and humid, i was pregnant and was having issues not only with low blood pressure but also my sewing machine. the edges of the placemats kept folding over funny and i couldn’t figure out why. i ripped out seams and tried over and over until i started feeling sick. my friend convinced me to give them to her anyway, but i wasn’t at all happy with them.
you can write on the coasters with chalk so people don’t mix up their coasters. here you can see the first coasters i made like this.
then i started making katie’s. not wanting a repeat performance, i decided to do mitered corners (and i also used a different sewing machine foot, the one with the tiny spring on one side, whatever it’s called).
i started making the napkins with mitered corners, too, but i just couldn’t handle using the iron so much in that heat. so i kind of cheated and did the rest with the serger (the napkins above).
i used a batik that i loved for the backs and borders of the placemats and coasters.
the massive effort came for the tops of the placemats. when i saw the images that my friend had created for her invitations, it was love at first sight, so i copied the tree images and made appliqués.
i had already done appliqués in the past (for example here and here). but these ones came out much better. my husband thought that i should just go out and buy a wedding gift and keep them for us, but i don’t think i could handle using placemats that i’d put so much work into!