Monday, August 12, 2013

Placemats for a Round Table

When I take my sewing machine out to the dining table my motto is Go Big or Go Home.

The fur starts to fly and the entire table is easily completely covered by my cutting mat, tools, and the machine itself.

Some time back we decided to create an eating area in the kitchen.  It was not a huge space, so a round table was a good way to squeeze a lot of people into a little spot.

Have you ever tried to purchase place mats for a circular table?

Well, it's not as easy as it sounds.

After 'enjoying' overlapping rectangle place mats, and having 'fun' with their corners flopping off the edges, I finally decided to create a pattern and some custom place mats.

My first attempt at the pattern was a little small, so I made it taller at the top.

I tested the pattern with our dinner plates before I started to cut into the fabric.

When I was at The Intrepid Thread I found some gray and yellow fabric that worked perfectly with the colors our eating area.

I'm happy with the way they turned out and the family likes them a lot.  I'm thinking of making a second set of them. 

I wonder if anybody would like the pattern I created?  I could turn it into a .PDF I think if there is any interest, give a shout.

In other news, I highly recommend that if you happen to run into chocolate by TCHO (local California Bay Area chocolate company), avoid it and don't start eating it.  It's addictive, and perhaps the best chocolate I've ever had.  The blue wrapper, milk chocolate version, does not mention any illegal drugs on the list of ingredients, but I've found myself choosing where to grocery shop based on if they carry it or not.  Beware.  

Do they have a 12 step program or something?  I'm not ready to give it up yet though.  I don't even usually like milk chocolate!


Kristen said...

I have felt similar pain in regards to placemats. It is very awkward to use the ubiquitous rectangle mat on the round table. I've thought about just buying circles for placemats, but never thought of your creative way! Thanks for sharing :)

Paula, the quilter said...

I have thought of doing this in the past, but just never got around to it. Thanks for jogging my memory.

Nifty Quilts said...

How very clever! They look great. This reminds me of what my grandmother would've done--just figure out what works for you and make it.

CherW76 said...

I would love a .pdf pattern. This is exactly what I am searching for in order to begin my sister's Christmas gift. Thank You!