Oilcloth Place Mats
This week I worked up some pretty placemats to brighten our eating area. I bought this pretty print in Austin, and previously used it to transform my air conditioning box into a “table” (nice camoflauge). Since I don’t need an air conditioner in Montana, I once again had the pretty fabric. It was a royal pain to sew, and as I was working on theseI thought of a couple of ways the project could have been much easier, but alas, I am stubborn. Were I to do it again, I would have sandwiched the oilcloth together (wrong sides facing) and used a bias tape around the edge to sew them together. This would eliminate both the hassle of turning the placemats inside out, the sewing through four layers of oilcloth, and the drag on the machine (oilcloth likes to stick!). Or, I could have pinked the edges and sewn them together. But I didn’ t want water seeping in, and I wanted them to be completely wipeable (hence no fabric bias tape). Now I know!
All in all, it was worth the challenge. I secretly like testing the bounds of my cheap-o sewing machine by feeding it different materials.