I then had a 'light bulb' moment and thought maybe I could use some new table mats, I have lots of the heat resistant wadding and an idea was born.
At the same time as this idea came to me I had been shown a different way of attaching a binding without any hand sewing, so I would practise this new [to me] method on my table mats.
Binding Method: Cut strips of white fabric 1 3/4 inch wide, and red fabric 1 1/2 inch wide. Join them into a long strip and press the 1/4 inch seam towards the red fabric. Fold in half and press.
Attach the binding to the back of the place mats bring to the front and machine where the white meets the red... brilliant it worked a treat.
To make the mats more versatile I used Christmas fabric on the backs. I still have three blocks and may make another three and turn them into coasters if I can find the EM pattern I used.
|Six place mats finished|
|Reverse ready for Christmas!|
|Original orphan blocks|