Quilted placemats

This is just another idea of what you can do if you have some left over pieces of material that you would like to use somehow.

I cut squares of 11 x 11cm, including a seam allowance of 1cm, and just bought some extra material for the back of the placemats, as well as some thin batting for inside to give the placemats some body. You can make the placemats square, rectangular or even round, whatever you prefer!

Placemat squares







After cutting the squares, arrange them as you would like to use them and then simply sew the squares together. Cut the batting 3cm bigger than the size of the quilted top all around and place both pieces on the material that will be used for the back.

Pin all three layers together to keep everything in place. Cut the back material, right side down, with a seam allowance of 4.5cm, then fold the back material over the batting and turn the edges over. This should then cover the edge of the quilted top material. Sew the edge all around and ensure the edge of the quilted top is nicely tucked in as to not pull loose over time.

Placemat finalised








Sew over the horizontal lines of the top material to bind the three layers.

Your placemat is then ready to be used!

Placemats finalised


Revamp an old lampshape

Do you have a ‘classic’ lamp and not sure what to do with it? Something like this?

Lamp shade before








Without having to get rid of the lamp, you can refresh the look of the lamp by simply recovering the shade with new material. Something modern that will fit in with the rest of the room. I bought some pretty material and recovered the lamp using only a glue gun.

Lamp shade after








To finish off the edges on the inside nicely, I glued some rafia ribbon onto the edge:

Lamp shade edging inside







As easy as that! Within a short while you will have a brand new lamp!

Bag and basket in one!

I found this great pattern and instructions for making bags that look a bit more like baskets – called bagskets.

They are especially handy for when going to the beach with all the towels and sunscreen, books and cold drinks. They can also be used for kids toys, crafting material, all the shoes that need to go along on holiday, or about any use you can think of!

On the inside there are various size pockets to store a host of smaller items. This is really a very useful bag!

Bagsket butterflies and polkadots