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Ashling
« on: October 26, 2007 08:41:34 AM »

I'm making my grandmother a tablecloth, and it looks like I bought twice as much as I actually needed, so I have an extra yard and a half of fabric left.  I want to do something with it, but I'm not sure what.  She doesn't really cook for herself any more for safety reasons, so she probably wouldn't use things like pot holders.  So what would be a good thing to make from the extra?

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aluna86jh
« Reply #1 on: October 26, 2007 09:25:08 AM »

How about fabric napkins?   
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Ashling
« Reply #2 on: October 26, 2007 10:32:21 AM »

That's a good idea, it will probably use up a fair amount of the extra.  I want to use as much of it as possible, it's not really fabric I would pick for myself, so I probably won't be doing anything with the leftovers after the holiday.  Any additional ideas are welcome.  Smiley
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Dolly Mixx
« Reply #3 on: October 26, 2007 02:24:16 PM »

fabric coasters? placemats? you could make her a whole selection of table related things Tongue
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Ashling
« Reply #4 on: October 26, 2007 03:05:47 PM »

I'm a little concerned she might have trouble seeing everything if the tablecloth, placemats, and coasters were all the same fabric though. Undecided  Might try it anyway, just to see how it comes out.
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Caine
« Reply #5 on: October 26, 2007 07:32:36 PM »

I agree about not wanting the table cloth and napkins all the same -- at least not at the same meal. Still ... she might like to use them at different times.

There are lots of things you could do with the fabric, but it is hard to recommend something without knowing what sort of fabric it is ...

Apron -- i know she doesn't cook, but she might use it for cleaning and preparing lunch, tote bags, gift bags, glasses case, zipper pouches; cosmetic bag, purse, wallet, cover for a notebook, cover for a photo album, a bag to store all those extra plastic bags from the grocery store; coasters; tea cozy (with irony?), tree skirt (for christmas tree), pillow cover, use as mat for framed pictures ... I could go on and on ... but without seeing it ... if it is a busy pattern it would be awkward to have lots of things made out of it. You could also make things to give away? Or offer the fabric to a church or school? Or, be like me and have too much stash!
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Ashling
« Reply #6 on: October 27, 2007 01:03:25 AM »

It's regular cotton calico, floral print on an off white background.
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Caine
« Reply #7 on: October 27, 2007 07:33:02 AM »

I'd probably mix it with a bit of unbleached muslin -- use it as contrast either with borders, backing, applique, etc. so that the eye is not subject to so much == very inexpensive too! So, if you do placemats, for example, use muslin backing and let it frame the floral fabric. In your place, I would likely make reversible gift bags and have the floral part be the lining -- it would just peak out over the top and slow through lightly.

Your instincts that too much of the floral would be hard on the eyes, sounds right to me!

If it is not too much trouble, let us see what you do! What kind of hem do you plan for the tablecloth?
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Ashling
« Reply #8 on: October 27, 2007 12:08:59 PM »

I probably won't be done for awhile, I'm going on vacation soon, but I'll post pictures when I finish.  I'm thinking I'm going to use a narrow double fold hem.  Thanks for the ideas!
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folkwynd
« Reply #9 on: October 31, 2007 09:34:19 AM »

How about chair covers or cushions?
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