Been bartering a little with friends lately — we trade things we’re good at for things we’re not good at (or just don’t want to do). I’m all about the barter, people.
Amy had leftover fabric from when she painted and re-covered the chairs of this old patio set — so cute, right? It used to be chipping white paint with stained white “pleather” seats and now it’s sunny yellow with comfy, stripy seats! She did such a great job.
So in exchange for her painting some rusty patio chairs of my own, I made placemats for her to match her new chairs.
I didn’t use any sort of pattern or tutorial. I just went with what I thought seemed right and they turned out perfectly! Basically, I sewed two pieces of fabric (19″ x 13″) right sides together with a 1/2″ seam, left about 3″ open on one edge so I could turn them right side out, ironed them, and top-stitched around all four sides. Final size is 18″ x 12″.
The fabric is a diamond-embossed outdoor fabric, sort of vinyl-y, but I’m not sure if it’s actual vinyl. It’s definitely perfect for outdoor dining — they can be wiped down with a wet cloth. I thought this fabric might be a pain to sew, but I had no problems with it sticking to my presser foot or shifting in a weird way.
I’m so pleased with the result! Can’t wait to get my new blue chairs (to match the planter in the photo above!) from Amy in return!