My very dear twin niece and nephew have turned 3.
I probably should have made something for their mother as well!


Aren’t these just the cutest placemats?!

I’m really pleased with how they’ve turned out.

I got the idea from Meg McElwee’s fab book Growing Up Sew Liberated: Making Handmade Clothes and Projects for Your Creative Child.

Do take a look!  It’s full to overflowing with lovely projects for kids.


There’s a template tucked into the back and clear instructions. I diligently followed the pattern, without changing it too much, except I turned the spoon into a rounded knife.


Both the placemats are backed with fresh green gingham and trimmed with bright red binding. 

Well, what a faff to sew the binding on! 
The instructions looked easy enough, lay it over the edge, sew.
But, I unpicked and unpicked and unpicked. 
I just wanted it the same on both sides, with straight, even seams!!! Why is this so hard????

Help?! Is it just me?
I NEED all your tips for sewing on bias binding – please?!

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