I believe that creativity is a powerful skill that can be practiced and developed. I hope my blog inspires you to find your very own "creative lment". ~LM
I can’t count the number of hours I have spent planning, designing, and crafting handmade papercraft projects – cards especially. It’s a true labour of love. But sewing has been a totally different experience for me. When you start a sewing project, all you start with is tread and material – but in just a few minutes, you can craft a item which can last a lifetime. My tablecloth project is a perfect example. I originally bought the fabric for my napkin project, but once I got it home and rolled it out over my dining room table, I discovered that it was the PERFECT size for a tablecloth. I began daydreaming about a new red tablecloth as the backdrop for future Canada Day, Christmas and Valentine’s Day dinners…I didn’t just want a red tablecloth, it was obvious that I NEEDED a red tablecloth!
With my napkin making experience still fresh in my memory, I began prepping the fabric, ironing the creases and mitering the corners. For those of you who want to know more about the mitring technique, a quick google search will yield lots of good results. There is more than one technique out there but the one I used follows this methodology (courtesy of Fiesta Resistance). A thread change and 25m minutes of straight stitching, and I was basking in the glow of yet another completed sewing project (this is getting addictive!). An item I could reuse over and over…and perhaps (gasp!) handdown to younger family members. LOL Well, I realize it’s not heirloom quality, but I was quite amazed by how little it took to make one of these. And the fabric itself only cost me $6 (!!!) making this a very economical gift idea. I wonder if my loved ones will notice me pulling out my tape measure when I go to visit? ;)
Now that I have done napkins and tablecloths (thus mastering the straight stitch), I totally feel ready for a new challenge. Thanks to Pinterest I have about 1500 more fabric projects lined up. Hoping to narrow it down to one in the coming weeks – stay tuned!