I decided that it was time to RETEACH my teen daughter the proper way to place silverware for her own apt because she asked... (shocked!) So this place mat/teaching tool is dedicated to my daughter, Sarah.
The images for the fabric were downloaded from graphicsfairy.blogspot.com. I have direct links to them at my blog, but if you would like to contact me, I can send them to you, too- no problem. Too, I used my beloved CitraSolv transfer method to place the images on the fabric. (Man, I adore Citra Solv!!)
~(2) pieces of 14" x 18" of white muslin 100% fabric (you can vary the size to suit your need. This was just a simple size for ME to work with)
~(1) piece of scrap quilt batting (low loft) slightly larger
~Sewing machine (but I suppose you could hand sew this too-it's up to you)
~Images of your choice copied on a laser jet printer or photo copied (think Staples, local library, whoever has a good' ol' photo copier. Ink Jet prints will NOT work)
~Citra Solv. (I will have a tutorial about using the project coming soon)
~Cut your two piece of fabric, to the desired size, and your quilt batting slightly larger (for trimming ease)
~With rights sides together, put the backing fabric, the focal fabric (such as your newly made Citra Solv designed piece- or just regular print fabric, it's up to you)
and place on top of quilt batting (yes, this will be three layers- one batting, and two fabric)
~Pin securely around three sizes-leaving one short side open for turning inside out (So, sew two long sides and one short side) sorry, took photo before all of my pins were in place. Use as many pins as you feel you need)
~Sew around three sides that are pinned. I use 1/4" seam (I'm a quilter, it's the only seam I "seem" to know!)
~When you have sewn all three pinned sides, trim up the piece (I use my trusty rottery cutter and mat- again, I'm a quilter- old habits, but scissors work too)
~Turn your piece right side out so it looks like a place mat, but with one unfinished end.
On the unfinished , carefully tuck each side (and batting) to appear to be a finished edge, and pin securely.
Now you just sew that end shut (1/4" seam), and while I'm at it, since I don't want the end to look all strange with a straight stitched when the other sides don't have that, I go ahead and sew 1/4" seam around the entire top area, so it makes a kind of decorative boarder :-)
Finishing up the last bit :)