Placemats for weddings 1 and 2

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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.

placemat 1
placemat 2
placemat 4
placemat 5

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!

9 COMMENTS

  1. furbo il marito ^_^ d'altronde non ha tutti i torti, le tovagliette sono fantastiche!!!!
    quegli alberelli mi piacciono un sacco.
    Ma il foglio lavagna l'hai acquistato in Italia? dove si trova?? Non ne ho mai sentito parlare!!

    buona domenica
    eli

  2. ah ah, eli! no, non l'ho mai trovato in italia. l'ho comprato una volta che stavo negli usa. si potrebbe ordinare da ebay, ma è pesante e costerebbe un bel po' farlo arrivare qui. chissà…torno negli states a luglio, forse ne dovrei comprare un bel po' per tutte le persone che me lo chiedono!

    buona domenica anche a te! 🙂

  3. Quanta pazienza per fare tutti quegli alberi!!! Il risultato è stupendo, ma soprattutto mi piace un sacco l'idea di prendere come soggetto proprio le immagini degli inviti!
    Bravissima! 😉

  4. grazie roby! infatti, sarebbero stati un po' banali senza quelle immagini. non ho messo le scansioni degli inviti per non pubblicare troppe cose personali della mia amica, ma erano davvero bellissimi.

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