I got a little crafty recently and wanted to share the result. I snuck in a sneak peek last week, but here are the details.
finish the porch :).
In the last couple weeks I've been playing around with my fabric stash. I've been feeling crafty and loving sewing, but I made it my goal to sew only with what I have. I really just need the practice and it's forced to get really creative in some situations! One weekend I was looking at a huge pile of burlap when I remember the sneak peek of Emersonmade's house on Design Sponge. I loved this table runner. So I thought I'd give it a try.
But this thing is, this table is so, so long. Did I already mention that? I didn't want one table runner. I wanted three that served as placemats. Organized as such:
I sewed up three simple table runners. When it came to lettering though, I was a little stumped. I didn't have actual stencils (and couldn't find any - weird, right?), but I have pretty cool handwriting so I tried free-handing it. I can't believe I'm going to show you a picture of this. I knew the minute I finished the first one that I hated it. So I kept going and did all three. Yeah, I know, brilliant.
Clearly my handwriting did not translate here. They actually hung out in our living room, all three laid out in a row, for a week while I tried to convince myself that *they'd do*. But in reality I never use things that I don't love. And I didn't want to make these just to have them sit in a drawer, or end up as more scrap fabric. So I tore out the middle section and resewed. I said I needed the practice, right?
Then I tried different ways to treat the type. My handwriting comes across a little better here, but this still wasn't the look I was going for. I went on a mad search for stencils and I'm so glad I did.
Exactly the look I wanted in the beginning. And, it only took about three weeks to get there!
They say eat. good. food. I love that I can play with them when I only need two: eat food. good food. eat good., etc. The success for me is that I actually really do love them. I even pulled them out for a little gathering we hosted on Friday.
I'll have a tutorial later this week for making them. After all that I feel like a table runner pro :).