Paper to Fabric

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I had an idea to turn a vintage paper placemat into something that could be used again and again, and of course Spoonflower helped make my idea a reality! You could really do this with any vintage paper placemats you might be holding onto…Christmas, Easter, you name it! Just scan the paper one and upload it to Spoonflower. You can find this one here. It’s intended to be printed on the linen cotton canvas, a fat quarter gives you two placemats, and a whole yard is enough to make 8 (or four double sided).
You could hem the edges, or as I did sandwich them with some white fleece and a backing fabric to give them a nice quilted feel.
I know its just Sept 3rd, but I wanted to post this so there is time to get your fabric & placemats sewn up before October begins :)

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14 Responses to Paper to Fabric

  1. Mandy says:

    Love this idea! I saw Martha’s Halloween issue on the magazine stands this weekend and immediately thought of you! I was less than impressed with the issue (is it me or has Ms. Stewart been off her Halloween game the past few years) so I left it behind.

  2. Wow!! That is a really cool idea!!!! (Rob)

  3. Prytania21 says:

    Never been a Halloweenie, but you may be the one to convert me! I stitched up your Halloween bunting today with a black’n’orange argyle backing, love it. Also made a round tablecloth for a cafe table from the firefly wedding fabric with napkins from the matching scatter, more love.

    Do you suppose you could post a little tutorial or reference somewhere for instructions on the bunting bag? It looks simple enough but I have a fear of zippers… would need idiot directions.

  4. I love this idea! Your placemats look great. :)

  5. These are so creative. It is never too early for halloween decorations, indeed.

  6. Melanie says:

    I love these! Thanks for making these!

    -Melanie

  7. Katie says:

    I will have to keep a look out for paper napkins too! Your brain is just amazing sometimes.

  8. Heidi Kenney says:

    Katie, I have some I used with one paper napkin I actually owned! Haha the proof fabric hasn’t arrived yet thought :)

  9. Heidi Kenney says:

    Melanie, So glad other people like the idea too :)

  10. Heidi Kenney says:

    Prytania21, Oh yes become one of us! Haha, I love decorating for Halloween so much!! I’m so glad you like the bunting!! I’d love to see photos. I will try and make a DIY for the bag, I am going out of town soon, and have a few looming deadlines, so it might not be until Oct but I will try my best to get it up.

  11. Heidi Kenney says:

    thanks Rob :) I have napkins waiting to arrive using the same idea

  12. Heidi Kenney says:

    Mandy, I know I was disappointed with it too, but still bought a copy haha