I wanted to add a little spring to the dinner table, and have been really wanting to give the freezer paper a try, so I made some new placemats. If you haven't given freezer paper a chance it is definitely time! This is a really easy, kid friendly project, that brings great results.
I went through my fabric stash and found this great linen material and cut it in 6 different pieces. Mine ended up being 9.5" by 12". I also cut my little girl a piece out of different fabric so that we could make them together and she could have one that she made.
When cutting your freezer paper design, don't forget that you are using it as a stencil not a pattern. As sewers we are trained to think of patterns.
I like to use my regular paints and just add a fabric paint medium. I found this idea when looking up details on fabric painting.
Iron on your stencil and paint the exposed fabric. With my flowers, I used a sponge and made the paint un-even to give it the older look and feel.
This is such a great activity for kids!
We added a little washable glitter to my daughter's placemat. Anything glittery and pink is her favorite thing.
After painting, iron, wash and dry your fabric.
I put a piece of light vinyl plastic on top of my little girl's placemat, so that it will be easy to wipe off.
There are so many different binding techniques you can use for this project. (I don't know a lot about binding, and feel pretty inadequate in this area.) I could have added a back piece of fabric and gone for the pillow case look but I wanted a secondary color on the placemats. There are oodles of options for finishing these up. I went with this one.
These placemats definitely help make a darling dinner setting. I can't wait to put them on the patio table and eat outside. One of my favorite childhood memories is of eating dinner outside, during Spring. Until it is warm enough, inside works just great.
Happy spring to everyone!