Earlier this summer, we bought a new kitchen table. It has a lovely solid wood top, and my husband immediately suggested we get some place mats to protect it from the kiddos during mealtime. I thought it would be far more fun to make place mats, and a great way to use up some batting and scraps in the process. Turns out, this was pretty economical. .. .place mats sell for more than $12 apiece!!
It was a great chance to practice my ruler work. And my oldest daughter quilted all the horizontal lines on the teal stripe using the walking foot on my domestic machine. I love these-all my favorite colors, and with the scrappiness, each one is a tiny bit different. But they all still work together. Here’s the table all set:
It wasn’t long before these needed washing (before I’d finished the set, in fact. Kids.) We all got a chuckle out of how much they shrank in the wash. In this picture, the washed one is lined up with the bottom left corner of an unwashed one. Yikes! Guess they’re all getting tossed in the wash now for consistency’s sake. I do love the crinkly after-effect, though.
Even though these took longer than expected to make, I am planning on making more sets. It’s just such a fantastic way to use up batting and create something useful and pretty. Do you have any favorite place mat tutorials or patterns? I’d love to know. . . my pinterest board needs more pins!!