I searched on Joann's website and found a Waverly fabric I really liked, "Tucker" in the moss color. I know, moss not a traditional color choice for fall but it works with the colors in our dining room (blue and green) and the print seemed to fit. Nothing says Thanksgiving like a pheasant...........well I guess turkey, but they are along the same lines, right? And the green would double for Christmas placemats as well.....Woohoo, I was on a roll! And being all about multiple uses I figured I could put different prints on either side so I chose a more everyday fabric in Waverly's Chippendale Fretwork in mineral blue. I found the fabric for cheaper on Ebay in an indoor/outdoor fabric which would make them easy to clean if there are any spills. Perfecto!
Here's a little sneak peak at how things came together. I did a little fall-inspired decorating just to show that it does work for the season.
Now to the details. I wasn't sure the measurements of placemats as I didn't previously have any so I did a little scouting at Target. I found the placemat isle and looked at the measurements on the price tags, 14"x19". So that probably translates to fabric cut to 15"x20" with 1/2" seams. I measured things out on my fabric and used a right angle to make sure things were straight. I tried to keep the pheasant to the center of the fabric so I wouldn't have any headless birds.
For sewing, I placed the two good sides of the fabric together and sewed around the edges, leaving a few inches open at the bottom for flipping the fabric right side out. I'm not sure my seams were exactly 1/2", I made all the seams the width of the sewing foot because I find that easier.
After flipping the fabric right side out I hand sewed the remaining opening closed.
Here's a picture of how the green-colored side looks:
And the blue:
Then I got to work decorating the table. I used a strip of canvas from a drop cloth as a runner down the center of the table. I also bought a few pumpkins and gourds at our local farmers' market that I placed down the length of the table and on a cakestand in the center. For the cloth napkins, I had left over guinea feathers I had used for boutonniere decoration for our wedding that I held in place with twine. And I got out the vintage silver my Grandma gave me as a wedding present.
And for more informal occasions:
I'm so excited about how things turned out, I can't wait to share it with my family!