Laminated Cotton Placemats: Working Without Pins
May 9, 2011
In preparing my home for spring and summer, I wanted to
liven up my kitchen table. I decided to do this with making reversible, mix and
match place mats. What better fabric to use for this than laminated cottons.
They come in a variety of fun prints from some of my favorite textile
designers, and all you have to do is wipe them clean.
As I was working with the laminates, I discovered that not all laminates are created equally. Some are much heavier than others. For example, I had some laminates from the Moda Central Park collection. These laminates were very heavy weight. The laminated cottons I had from Free Spirit are softer and lighter weight. When picking your laminates from Fabric.com, make sure you read the descriptions for weight information. I cut a simple rectangle shape: 21'' x 16 ¼'', then rounded the edges (optional of course).Making the placemats reversible, I just paired the opposite weight laminates together, no problem.
Here's the problem... pins. Once you poke through laminated
cotton with a pin or a needle. That hole is there. And it's not going away. Ever.
So I realized I had to do this project WITHOUT pins. This involves some strategic
maneuvering with your hands as you sew. As you can see, I marked clearly where
I was to sew and tightly held my fabrics together as I sewed around the placemat. This almost worked out better than I expected! Sew carefully, constantly
aware of your grip, and there should be no warping.
Because of the thickness of the laminates, I did a 1 ¼''
seam allowance, and then graded the seam to eliminate bulk around the seams. I
then clipped notches on the rounded corners to they would lay nice and round
and flat when I flipped it. I left a 7- 8'' opening on one side in order to
flip it. The most maneuvering done with the project is flipping the placemat right
side out. Be careful! And it's ok if you pop a few stitches by the opening,
top-stitching solves that later.
I used double sided basting tape to temporarily seal the opening
after my mat was flipped. Because pins can't be involved in this project, this
double sided basting tape is perfect! You can find double sided basting tape at
your local hobby and sewing store. Once you place the tape where you want, you
then peel the top liner off, and then press your seam together.
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