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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

GUEST POST: Miss Make (and a winner)

Here is our winner for the Sephora Grab Bag!!

#26 cupcake mama, who said...
"Nice! My teen would kill for the Bobby Pins and I love the compact mirror!"

I'll be contacting you shortly. 
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I first met Devon of Miss Make at the Urban Craft Center in Santa Monica (where she sometimes teaches). She is the type of person who just oozes creativity. 


Remember that snazzy clutch I made?




It's her pattern!!


Look at what else she's made:


A Modern Quilt:



Homemade Halloween Peanut Butter Cups! 


A T-shirt recycled into a bag!!


Blueberry Cheesecake! How yummy does this look?


Today, Devon is sharing a great mealtime project with us (that goes quite nicely with yesterday's addition!)

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Hello! I’m Devon from Miss Make. My day job is working in film & tv production offices. During nights / weekends / all other times, I can’t stop making things. Sewing and baking are my favorites but I basically love everything craft and kitchen related...

...like making Blue Moon cupcakes...




interesting quilts...






Today I’m going to share a simple little embroidered placemat project with you. 


This placemat not only looks super cute on a breakfast nook or kitchen table, it also helps kids learn how to set a table and, depending on their age, how to start reading. They’ll love matching the shapes of the silverware to the shapes on the placemat.



*If you aren’t a sewer but you still want to make this, you could take a preexisting placemat and some fabric paint and paint the place settings instead of embroidering.*

Materials:
½ yard fabric
13.5” x 19.5” piece of batting or felt
embroidery floss
matching thread

First cut two fabric rectangles that are 14” x 20".



With an invisible fabric pen, sketch a rough outline of a place setting onto one rectangle – a plate, fork, knife and spoon – with the words for each inside the shape.



Using embroidery floss, embroider along your sketch lines.


Cut a piece of felt or batting that’s 13.5” x 19.5”. Pin it to the wrong side of the embroidered rectangle. Then pin the right side of the other fabric rectangle to the right side of the embroidered rectangle.



Sew around the rectangles with a ¼” seam allowance, leaving a 4” gap in the seam. Remove any pins that are on the outside and carefully turn the whole thing inside out so that the felt is sandwiched on the inside. Remove any additional pins and press everything. Press the open portion of the seam under ¼” and topstitch all the way around right along the edge.

If you want you can add a few vertical lines across the placemat to help holding the felt in place and to add a little quilting. Just connect the top and bottom topstitch lines with another seam, backstitching at the beginning and end.

Voila! Placemat!


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