Sunday, February 19, 2012

Stash-busting Sunday: Pom-pom Adorned Placemats

Remember those kitchen towels I made a while back with Melody's Miller's awesome tea-cup fabric? 

Well... I had more of that fabric and I decided it was finally time to do something with it!
For some reason, this fabric just screams pom-poms to me, so after much consideration, 
I finally broke down and bought some trim.  I'm so glad I did!  The fabric, however, came from my stash.

Traditionally the trim the pom-poms are attached to are hidden in your seams, but I prefer 
the look of the trim, which makes the assembly a little trickier.  
To make your very own pom-pom adorned placements, follow my tutorial below.

1 yard top fabric 
1 yard bottom fabric
3 1/2 yards pom-pom trim
*enough for 4 finished placemats 

1.  Cut 4 rectangles from each of your fabrics, 13" tall X 19" wide.
(8 rectangles total)

2.  Mark 1/2" from the 2 sides of the top fabric rectangles using your favorite marking tool.

3.  Pin your trim slightly inside of the marked chalk line, 
with pom poms facing toward the outside edges.  
Can you see that tiny chalk mark next to the middle red pin?  I pinned the trim about 1/8" from that line.

4.  Go out and buy some more fabric for your stash.  

Wait, what?!  Oops.  Sorry, I have a weird thing for Denyse Schmidt...

5.  Stitch pom poms to your fabric on the inner edge of the trim.  
Attach the trim to each side of the top fabric in this way.  

6.  Pin the backing to the top, right sides together, along the long edges 
(the edges without pom pom trim).

7.  Stitch along the two long edges using 1/2" seam allowance.  
You should now have a tube with the 2 sides still open.  

8.  Press seams open.  I know you don't want to, but trust me.  It makes the next step much easier.  

9.  Turn your placement right side out and press those seams flat!  

10.  Fold the side seams in toward the center 1/2".  
You can follow your chalk line from Step 2 as a guide.  

11.  Press side seam and pin in place.  

12.  To close up the side seam, stitch along the trim close to the outside edge.  
That should easily close up the seam you just pressed.  

How fun is that?!  What projects will you adorn with pom poms?

If you are not using pom pom trim, it's even simpler!  
Cut out your rectangles, stitch front and back with right sides together (leaving a few inches open), 
turn right side out, press and edge-stitch.  

Don't forget to post your stash-busting projects to the Flicker Pool or e-mail me at to be considered for a Stash-Busting Sunday feature!

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