Monday, May 28, 2012
Monday Project - Denim Placemats
I've been playing around with the idea of denim crazy quilt squares, since I have a huge pile of old jeans to do something with. The squares are still works in progress, but I made denim placemats in a crazy quilt design that I love! If you're not familiar with how to put crazy quilt squares together, see this past post.
*various colors of denim - real thick, heavy denim doesn't work well for this project because of the thick seams you'll get
*optional scraps of contrast fabric - I had some denim that looks like it has a lacy overlay
*about 5 yards of bias tape
1. Cut rectangles of backing fabric - I made my placemats 12 by 18 inches.
2. Sew your first piece of denim onto the center of the backing fabric. I use a larger stitch (not quite basting length - in between basting and regular) so it's easier to take off if I don't like where I put the pieces or if I end up putting them on the wrong way. Which happens every time I crazy quilt!
3. Add the rest of your pieces one at a time and pressing after each addition.
4. On the right side, sew on top of each seam with a decorative machine stitch.
5. Cut a piece of backing fabric, line up with the crazy quilted side, and baste the edges together. These placemats are reversible, so you can either back it with another crazy quilted piece or a coordinating fabric. I used the same white on white paisley print I made the bias tape from.
6. I like rounded corners ...
7. Finish the edges with bias tape. See this past post for how to make it yourself and how to attach it.
Happy Creating! Deborah