Monday, January 11, 2016

New Year, Old Projects-Time to Finish!

Happy New Year, Blog Friends!  Sorry that it has been so long since I've posted.  I was traveling in December and then I had an issue with my eye that kept me from sewing, but...enough excuses!  I'm back with some goals for the new year.  I am determined to tackle my PTBF (Projects to be Finished) basket.

I thought about just getting a larger basket but that really wouldn't make sense ....would it?

Anyway, I can't believe that I haven't finished some of these projects!  For example...last spring, I made a valence for my daughter's kitchen.  You can check it out HERE if you missed it.  We didn't want a seam in the valence so we bought enough fabric for the length.  This left us with a lot of leftover fabric so I cut out four place mats and found fabric in my stash for the backing.
 I pinned them right sides together and sewed around one place mat.
 Are you kidding me?!  Why didn't I finish these?  I am happy so say that today I finished.  It took a grand total of 45 minutes.

I had originally cut the mats 19"x 13 1/2" and cut the backing slightly larger.  I like to cut the backings larger in case there is a bit of shifting while sewing.  

I sewed a 1/4' seam all the way around the outside edge leaving a 5" opening for turning.  I rimmed away the excess backing fabric, clipped the corners, turned right side out and pressed.

 I did an edge stitch and then stitched 1/4" from the first row of stitching for a polished look.

1-2-3 Done!! Now I just need to find an envelope to mail them to her.....
Next project?  A feed sack towel pillow!


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