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11 December 2012

Ho Ho Ho Mats



I think I might have mentioned it here previously, but it is our turn to play Christmas Hosts this year and so I've been wanting to add a few crafty touches to proceedings.  This was my first plan, an individual placemat for one and all at the feast.  The design may look familiar to you if we read the same blogs, because the inspiration for this plan came from here.  Another absolute gem from my sewing idol, Amy.



I'm so glad to finally be able to show you them, they've been a bit of an epic task between you and me and I've been working on them through most of November.

Not that I haven't enjoyed it.  I have.  The first cutting of the Christmassy fabrics and the excitement of seeing those little squares come together.  Oh yes, much fun was had I assure you.  But making ten of them turned out to be a bit more work than I'd bargained for.  Still, I hope it'll be worth it and on the plus side, it's not like it's something I have to do again next time.




Truth be told, it was the embroidery that took the biggest chunk of time.  The accomplished embroiders amongst you would no doubt have been quicker at the work, but slow and steady is the moto of my novice hand.  I do very much love the result though.  Oh yes, those stitched letters do make me very happy.


And of course, everyone will have a different song snippet on their mat.  They can each choose their favourite or we can play 'name that tune'.  See, these are not just seasonal placemats, they are a source of festive entertainment too!


I  can't wait to use them on Christmas day, I hope everyone will like them.  Little Miss has already earmarked her favourite - 'He's making a list...' and secretly, I have my preference too, but I couldn't possibly say which.  The others would be jealous and it seems wrong to choose as so much effort and love has gone into each one.  They are all my favourites really.




S x


33 comments:

  1. Oh wow, these are fab! I love that they're all different. Can I come to your house for Christmas?

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  2. These are lovely. You are so talented. I need to take a sewing class seriously.

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  3. What a great idea! They are lovely and I love the snippets of song on each one. What a fun time you and your family will have this year.

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  4. Wow, I LOVE these! It's so sweet that each and every one is unique. The polka dot binding is my favorite!! :)

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  5. Those are great! Your table will look awesome with those on it!

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  6. oh how utterly gorgeous, I love all the different patterns and colours together! x

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  7. I love them!! Wow, you've put so much time and effort in - gorgeous!
    Maria x

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  8. Your hand embroidery is so very very neat! Love the fussy cuts too. Gorgeous x

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  9. Another devine creation! wow, your work is so inspirational x

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  10. oh my! these placemats are just the cutest! Well done for finishing them in time for Christmas! I think I need to start some NOW for NEXT year *grin*

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  11. Wow, these are so adorable and the sweetest handmade touch to your Christmas!! Love them!! xo Heather

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  12. Love these! You are so talented...

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  13. What an amazing idea they are just adorable - you are so talented

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  14. Fabulous place mats....wish I had some! I do have some material as I am supposed to be running up some phone cases and kindle covers in the next few days!! I am blaming you for this enthusiasm ;) F xx

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  15. Sandra, these are brilliant! The embroidered writing is soooo neat! What a good idea. I do hope no one spills their dinner on them lol xx

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  16. WOW! Beautifully made placements - so festive! I love the little hat too. Best wishes, Pj x

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  17. Your place mats are so cute! I wish I could sew that well!

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  18. Your place mats are awesome Sure they'll make the Chrissy dinner taste even better!Keep up the great work and site Hugs Maggie.x

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  19. Your place mats are awesome Sure they'll make the Chrissy dinner taste even better!Keep up the great work and site Hugs Maggie.x

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  20. ого! сколько работы,они прекрасны!:-)

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  21. They're beautiful, definitely an epic task but well worth it! Wendy xx

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  22. My gosh, these are utterly adorable! There is so much work and love that you have put into these. I am sure they will be appreciated at Xmas by your family. I love them. I am still attempting a pillow top similar to Amy's but it's taking longer than I thought.So 10- great achievement!! Therese xx
    therese.aiken@gmail.com

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  23. Sandra they've wonderful ... what a jolly Christmas table you will have!

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  24. what an achievement, S! ten placemats, and they look awesome... all made with love. I wish you a wonderful Christmas season... xo amy

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  25. what an achievement, Miss S... 10 placemats!! and they are beautiful... all made with love. I wish you a wonderful Christmas season... xo amy

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  26. They are so pretty. I hope am sure your guests will love them, and hope they appreciate how much work you have done.

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  27. These are so cute!! Well done. so much work. I love the embroidery font too. first time on your blog...will stay for a look! Suz

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