Easy placemat sewing project

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Fall place mat to sew

To celebrate the current season you can make new place mats for the table and they as easy as one, two, three..!

I used a rounded oval place mat that we already had in the linen closet as a pattern. Trace the place mat shape on a paper bag to make a permanent pattern. Make sure you fold the place mat in half and then in quarters before you cut the pattern. The folding helps you keep the pattern symmetrical. Add 1/4″ to the outside diameter for seam allowance before you cut the shape. Open the folded pattern to check the shape and trim if corrections are needed.

To make sewing the place mat easy,  I use a single faced pre quilted fabric on the reverse side as a lining. Cut the top print in the shape of the place mat. Once the top place mat print is cut, lay the print right sides together on the uncut pre quilted lining. For every 1/2 yard of fabric you can sew 3 place mats across the width of the 45″ fabric. Rough cut the place mat to make sewing the edges easier. Sew the outer edge using a 1/4″ seam (width of the presser foot). Leave a 3 inch opening on one long edge to turn the place mat to the right side. If you own pinking shears you can use them to trim the seam. The pinking shears make trimming curves easier. Turn the place mat so the fabric is on the right side. Roll the edges with your fingers to make sure the edges are turned smoothly and press the place mat with a seam iron to shape. Pin the opening so the edges are folded in and look finished, press. Top stitch the place mat a scant 1/4″ from the edge, on the right side to finish and close the opening. You are done with one. repeat the process to create how many place mats you need.

I hope you have enjoyed our easy sewing project. Join me by enrolling in one on me many sewing classes to learn more at my sewing classes in Salisbury, MD. You can email me at jennyssewing@gmail.com .

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Beginning sewing projects

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The best way to Learn to Sew is to practice.  The cold winter months really give us time to do just that.  Jenny’s Sewing Studio will help you make a plan…!

If you need to learn to use a new sewing machine, serger or embroidery machine you got for Christmas, I have the perfect class for you. Instructional lessons are usually 2 hours and I will steer you through the instruction book and get you ready for your upcoming sewing projects.

Start with Beginner Sewing 2 lesson class to learn the basics of sewing and reading a pattern. We will make 3 projects to get you started.

Here are some easy sewing project ideas I found on-line to inspire you. Most of these projects will use scraps of fabric. They also make great in expensive gifts. One of my favorite web sites is Sew4Home with lots of free project ideas. Also make sure you look at some of my free sewing project patterns. Check back often for more ideas to come.

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A great beginner sewing project for 2018

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Are you learning to sew? If you have taken a beginner sewing class from Jenny’s Sewing Studio I have a great pattern suggestion for you to make. This kimono jacket came be worn by everyone and is a great addition to your wardrobe. The pattern also offers easy fit. Try a nice cotton print to start with. You can then graduate to silks and slippery polyesters later. Here is a link to classes. You can find fabrics at JoAnn fabrics in Easton or Serendipity Quilts in Dagsboro, Delaware. I also like to shop on line at Mode, Fabric.com, and Fabric depot.com . Please email me if you have fabric questions and if you are in doubt of an on-line fabric, send me a link. See the email form attached.

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Learn to Sew at Jenny’s in Salisbury, MD

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I have had several brand new sewers recently and wanted to share our latest project. Maria is modeling her newly created apron. An apron is a great gift project, especially if you are making a holiday apron.

Maria learned how to use the sewing machine basics, how to sew a standard seam using a seam guide, how to sew a 1/4″ seam and how important a steam iron is to you when sewing.  The first project was a pin cushion, second was a zipper change purse and then she learned to read the pattern and lay out the fabric. In the second class she cut the apron, marked the pocket placement, made pockets and straps.

We started a second project which was a knit dress. Maria found out how hard it is to cut a jersey knit. We finish the cutting but I learned I needed a new pair of SERRATED KNIFE-EDGE bent handled scissors for the next knit project. Scissors really make a big difference.

I hope you will join me in class during the holiday and in 2018.

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Beginner Sewing at Jenny’s Sewing Studio

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Recently Lilly took my beginning sewing class in Salisbury, MD.  Sewers start with learning to thread the machine, sew seams and pivot at corners. Lilly learned the 5/8″ seam and the quarter inch seam and how the back tack. She made a pin cushion and a zipper pouch to keep her small sewing equipment in. In the next lesson I showed her how to read the pattern and cut out an apron that had a lot of sewing technique. Lilly learned marking, pressing, trimming, clipping, controlled gathers, sewing on a patch pocket, making a narrow top stitched hem, a facing and a casing. I sewed an apron along with Lilly and made it for my mom. Here are the pictures.  Come and learn to sew, follow the link to enroll.

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Enroll Now and Learn to Sew Better in 2017

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If you are planning to learn to sew in 2017, Jenny’s Sewing Studio can help you out. I offer local sewing, quilting, serging and home decor lessons for most sewer needs. Sewing lessons do not have to be shipped and also make a great gift. Learn to use a sewing machine, serger or embroidery machine today!  Classes are “One on One” so you get personal attention.   Click here to see the class choices!

 

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Learn to Sew at Jenny’s Sewing Studio

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rhiannon2 nadgie1 annonbelt nadgie apronLearn to Sew! Recently I had the pleasure of teaching several young students how to sew. They were naturals at the craft and now have the basic skills to continue on.  I think they were both thinking about making clothing for themselves and their families. With Halloween and Christmas approaching Both are ready to tackle gifts and costumes,

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A Great time to Sew!

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deannie 2014It’s Hot outside, a perfect time to sew inside in the air conditioning.  I invite you to take a sewing class with me at Jenny’s Sewing Studio. Learn to Sew or Learn to Sew Better. Classes held “one on one” at my home studio. Here is the enrollment link to my classes. Questions? Email me at jenny@jennys-sewing-studio.com

Take advantage of discounts sales and closeouts this summer at Jenny’s. I have accessories and feet for Juki, Janome, Baby Lock, Brother and Singer.

One of a kind items I have on closeout Summer sale are at this link! Purchase Designer Handbags, Handbags 2, Serge and Merge, Pretty  Little Patchwork, and 12″ demo fabric bolts, stencil cutter, Fabric Glide and much more. Most items are 1/2 price. Most are new and unused. I also have items have have listed in a sewing room closeout. Since I moved into my own studio I need more space some you get to benefit.

Here is a great beginner sewing project using polar fleece. If you have some scraps you might want to download it and try the owls for fun.

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Finally, it is the political season so I am sharing my free embroidery with you. I have learned to stay clear of expressing any views during this period so I will enjoy the designs with you in silence.

Stay cool!  Jennydemocrat_jef

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