As the kitchen table is such a part of our family, we wanted it to serve as a reminder that we were celebrating Advent. Somehow, having our Advent Wreath on a "Merry Christmas!" table runner just didn't cut it. So...off to Joann Fabrics! Wandering the aisles here, dreaming up projects, is seriously therapeutic, no?
I wasn't exactly sure what I wanted to make, but that's sometimes half the fun! I found some great purple- and rose-toned tie-dye fabric which matched the colors of our Advent candles. The colors were too bold side-by-side, though, but a few aisles over was this great purple/rose ombre sparkley tulle, which worked great as an overlay. Love the way they turned out! The size of the purple and rose in the placemats is actually in quarters, just like the four candles of the Advent wreath. The first section of purple is equivalent to two purple candles, the next section is equivalent to one rose candle, and the final section is equivalent to one purple candle. It's subtle, but ties in nicely with the four weeks of Advent.
I'm a horrible photographer, so no matter how many photos I took (seriously, like 30), none seem to really capture how nice they look with the top sparkle tulle layer. If any of my local friends want to offer up their photography skills...well, my placemats and I would be grateful.
You'll end up with a bit of extra fabric...use it to create a mat for your Jesse Tree!
WHAT YOU NEED
- 2.5 yards of purple fabric
- 1 yard of pink fabric
- 1.5 yards of tulle/overlay fabric
- purple and pink thread
- fusible web for applique
- fusible batting (or regular if you prefer)
- really good scissors!
- iron & ironing board
HOW TO MAKE
*be sure to check out some of the great YouTube videos on quilting. I'm mostly friend- and self-taught, so these instructions aren't nearly as good as a real quilter would write them.
- First, wash the fabric. This way, any shrinkage or fading won't impact your final product. This is totally a do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do as I didn't wash mine. Hey, I was just too excited to start the project! :) Then, iron everything!
- Second, measure and cut out all the fabric. Here are the dimensions I used - the dimensions take into account a 1/2" allowance at the edge of each piece.
- Runner: 35" x 15" (final product: 34" x 14")
- Top Panel:
- 1 purple rectangle: 35" x 8"
- 1 rose rectangle: 35" x 4.5"
- 1 purple rectangle: 35" x 4.5"
- Bottom Panel:
- 1 purple rectangle 35" x 15"
- Top Panel:
- 1 purple rectangle: 10" x 14"
- 1 rose rectangle: 5.5" x 14"
- 1 purple rectangle: 5.5" x 14"
- Bottom Panel:
- 1 purple rectangle 18" x 14"
- TOP PANEL: Stitch the top-panel rose and purple fabrics together, pressing the seams as you finish. Then, stitch the tulle down on the right-side of the top-panel about 1/4" from the edge. <--this is just to hold it down for when you apply the applique.
- APPLIQUE: print out the words: Faith, Peace, Hope, Joy, and Love on your computer. I used MS Word, made the letters about 2" tall. Select a font that you like. Bold the letters, and print. You'll want them to be nice and thick. Once you print them out, trace them onto your fusible web...follow the instructions specific to your webbing. Basically, you're getting the letters transferred onto the pink fabric. Again, follow the transfer instructions on your webbing. Once you have the letters transferred to the pink fabric and cut out, iron them down on the right side of the top panel directly onto the tulle. I did throw a towel down and press the towel as opposed to putting the iron right on the tulle, as it would probably burn. Using a zig-zag stitch, sew the letters down through the two layers of material.
- BOTTOM PANEL: fuse the bottom panel to the batting and cut out - or, just cut out the batting if your batting isn't fusible. Lay the bottom-panel right-side down on top of the right-side of the top panel (they face in to each other). Stitch around the edge at 1/2", leaving approx 4" open so you can turn it right-side out. Once you've finished stitching and turned it inside out, handstitch it closed.
- Iron, and enjoy!