|Here's a DIY tabletop project anyone could |
have fun with. You just weave strips of felt in your
choice of colors through a rectangle of felt that's been sliced.
Orange is my favorite color and I'm guessing that many people are attracted to it, since Tangerine is Color of the Year 2012.
Having some hints of orange -- or Tangerine if you want to get all fancy with names -- will give your home some warmth.
And a touch of trendiness too, because let's face it: you didn't see Tangerine in the color palettes of the 80's, 90's, or 00's.
I chose shades of tawny brown, gold, and pumpkin to make these placemats look autumnal.
That's another thing to love about oranges. They're "in season" now that summer's over.
These mats are made of felt. Felt doesn't require hemming. And felt comes in oodles of pretty colors. Also, felt is relatively cheap, as fabrics go.
What You Need
These materials will make four mats.
- Felt by the yard, about half a yard
- Felt by the piece, 12 pieces, as many different colors as you like. I used three colors.
- Scissors, good sharp ones
- Rotary cutter and self healing cutting mat (optional)
- Marking pen for fabric
- Metal yardstick
- Fabric glue
How to Do
uncut border at both ends and along the lengthwise edges, as shown.
You can do that when all the felt strips are in place. Keep the mat flat and resist the temptation
to flip it over to examine it. Working on a board that can be rotated makes it easier.
I staged this tabletop for an autumn Open House, but by changing the colors, you can make holiday or springtime or birthday or picnic or wedding or any occasion placemats. The Liquid Stitch didn't stand up to washing, so unfortunately these mats aren't for ongoing usage. A stain and water repellant like Scotchgard can extend their life, but basically, the placemats are suitable for staging or limited use only.
A bare table in a staged home usually begs for some decoration. Why not stage your tabletops to make people touring your home see that you're tuned in to the changing seasons, and that you enjoy living in your home?
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