(They were all clearance items. Plus, I used my coupons. I was a happy girl!)
I already put up my red glitter candles on my sconces for Valentine’s Day.
And, why would I get so many place mats? Especially since I don’t use place mats. Because I wanted to make more tote bags. I originally planned on sewing a placemat beach tote bag shown in Sewing Green by Betz White (a great book, by the way).
However, as per usual, I didn’t stick to the pattern. I’m very poor at following pattern (or most directions). While the pattern in the book isn’t online, I can tell you that it takes 4 place mats. I though that was a bit excessive, even while using my free place mats. I wanted to get more, figuratively, bang for my buck.
I have about $3 in cotton belting in each tote. Give or take. It would obviously be more if I had to buy the place mats. And, the best part is that they are really sturdy and lined with a coordinating color.
This is my personal favoritebag. Actually, they are all kinda my favorite. And, I pumped out all four of them within a few hours on Saturday morning.
My friend, Stephanie, recommended trying half-square triangles. (I used the instructions here.) Since I haven’t really quilted for two years, it was a simple way to ease into it. However, it’s quite apparent that either the squares were not the same size, or my cutting was way off. (I’m guessing it was my cutting.) So, there are many imperfections. But, it looks cute nonetheless. I think I’m going to add a white strip around the whole thing before binding and quilting.
What do you think?