Sewing projects for the home

This week’s sewing projects – quick, simple, and satisfying!

Kaufman plaid set 2

A set of four placemats and napkins, sewn from Robert Kaufman’s Studio Stash Yarn Dyes.  I bought one yard of the Denim and 1/2 yard each of the Spice and Denim from Bolt, without really thinking through what I would use them for.  I originally thought I’d sew a shirt and maybe a skirt, but it seemed too cutesy – maybe a little too much matching going on?  So, I took a look at my quantities and decided I had just the right amount for placemats and napkins.  The placemats are double-sided  – I just sewed right sides to right sides, with the batting in between, then turned them right side out, sewed a top stitch a little less than 1/4″ from the edges, and then quilted them with one vertical line and one horizontal line, both down the middle.

Kaufman plaid set 3

I liked the color of the fringing on the napkins, so I fringed them out a little way (I’m sure they’ll fringe more on their own with repeated washings), and then stitched a stay stitch 1/4″ around all four borders.

Kaufman plaid set 4

My idea is to give these as a gift set, along with four of my hand-thrown mugs – I picked these because I thought they color-coordinated well:

Kaufman plaid set 1

Pendleton pillow 1

I’m lucky enough to live near the Pendleton Woolen Mill store, where you can buy a wide variety of Pendleton fabrics as either scraps or off the bolt – 1/2 yard is more than enough to make a beautiful 20″ pillow cover.

Pendleton pillow 2

As a birthday gift, I sewed up a six-pack of cloth napkins from Robert Kaufman’s Essex linen-cotton blend (I think this color is Taupe) – 1 1/2 yards gave me six 18″ x 22″ napkins.

Essex napkins

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