Do you have a luncheon coming up? Or maybe you're planning a brunch for your quilting bee? I have a very fast, easy way to give a little bit of color and interest to your place settings. They're "Plate Mats"! No, you're not reading with a lisp. These are little mats to put under your clear plates to give them a different look. I found my plates at Walmart and they are very inexpensive. You can make them double duty by putting a contrasting fabric on the back. You can whip one out in about 5 minutes.
|1. Measure the bottom of your plate and add 1/4" seam allowance. If your plate is round, do the same. Do not measure the rim of the plate, only the very bottom. Cut a front, back, and batting piece all this size.|
|2. Layer the two fabric pieces right sides together, and put the batting on the bottom.|
|3. Sew around the edge (1/4" seam), leaving about 2" for turning.|
|4. Turn right sides out and press. I find that using a glue stick to turn the opening seams in 1/4" and then gluing the opening closed, makes your work easier. Slip stitch the opening closed.|
|5. Top stitch 1/4" around the edge. You can quilt it at this point if you want. If not, you're finished!|
|You can be wild.....|
|You can carry out a theme....|
|or assign seats! (this is just a "mock up" of what you could do if you embroidered names on each.)|
By the way, the Shop Hop went well! I LOVED meeting so many of you! Thank you for your kind, supportive words!
Until next time....