Recently when I was invited to my friend’s house warming party, I knew I could not show up empty handed. The couple already had a fully functioning house with all the staples, but I followed my instincts that they were without a set of personalized place mats. Good thing I did because they were smitten on the place mats and it was a gift that no one else brought them.
Ready Made Place Mats
Computer Program (such as Picnic) to covert photos into line drawings
Tulip Fabric Markers
Aleene’s Tack It Over and Over
Iron On Interfacing
Because I can never say no to the random kitschy junk I find at the thrift store I already had some groovy vintage quilted place mats in my stash. I had been saving them for a special day and a house warming for one of my oldest and dearest friends qualified. You can find place mats at Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, World Market – or sew your own.
I needed to attach my fabric to my place mats so I started by using some iron on interface to stiffen my drawing and also set my fabric markers. Then using Aleene’s Tack It Over and Over I glued the portraits to the place mats.
I also added a little banner that read “Home is Where Cory is” and “Home is Where Tom is”. I used a Sublime Stitching iron on embroidery pattern for the banner.