• Quick and Easy Vinyl Placemat – Tutorial

    As an added bonus to our Machine Embroidery Series, Pamela Cox has designed this wonderful tutorial for a quick and easy vinyl placemat. If you have never tried machine embroidery on vinyl, check out Pam’s blog post here and then try this great project. Quick and Easy Vinyl Placemat Materials: 12-1/4” x 17-1/4” piece of textured vinyl, Usually sold by the yard with the intention of being used as a tablecloth, this type of vinyl will have a fuzzy, very thin, batting/backing. (1/2 yd. of 54” wide vinyl will yield 4 placemats) 90/14 Leather Needle Thread: Sulky® 40 wt. Rayon or Poly Deco™ 40 wt. embroidery thread – your choice of colors for your design Sulky…

  • My Favorite Halloween Placemat Tutorial

      Have you noticed a theme in my Halloween Decor? I love spiders! I think they are fascinating; the way they make their webs, how they move around so much, even the designs on their bodies. It’s probably because “Charlotte’s Web” and “Be NiceTo Spiders” were my favorite books growing up. Halloween gives me a chance to put cute, spider-y things all over the house! (Let’s be honest, spider decor all year round is just creepy). A few years ago I bought cute spider web placemats for my breakfast table but the center of the table was naked! It needed a little something, so I made this wonderful placemat for the…

  • Patriotic Placemats Tutorial

    In honor of Independence Day, I wanted to make some new placemats for my kitchen. They were quick and easy to make and will be fun to have in my kitchen for July. Here is how I made them. I used the “Tube Method” to make the blocks. IF you aren’t familiar with this method, watch a great YouTube tutorial on how to do it here. I took 4 sets of 4 blocks to create 4 square placemats. Next I made my “quilt sandwich.” I layered the backing, batting and placemat tops together using Sulky KK 2000™ Temporary Spray Adhesive to hold everything in place. I prefer KK 2000 to pins especially…