My little grandson recently celebrated his first birthday, and was having a very special family birthday party, and to mark this special event, I decided to make a very special project for it! When I saw the Let's Celebrate tablemat by Hatched and Patched on the Poppy Patch website, I knew it was just what I was looking for! This pretty kit contained these pretty fabrics also designed by Hatched and Patched - all I had to do was add the embroidery threads and interfacing. A very fine nibbed Micron Pigma pen was used to trace the stitchery design along with a lightpad, then I was ready to pick out the thread colours that I wanted to use. I did change a couple of colours from the ones suggested on the pattern, to match the muted tones of the fabrics...
...using very simple embroidery stitches, these cakes look rather delicious don't they! Once the hand embroidery was completed, using the circular template provided with the pattern, and leaving a generous quarter inch seam allowance, the top was cut out. The edge was turned over and initially slip stitched to the blue spotted fabric. The blue fabric has a scalloped edge, the template for this is also provided in the pattern. Once the table mat was constructed and tuned the right was through, I decided to topstitch along the scalloped edge, using a 50wt Aurifil thread to match the fabric...
...I chose a finer thread than usual for the topstitching as I wanted it to blend in rather than be too obvious. As you can see, I also topstitched around the edge of the appliqued circle, stitching through all the layers. I didn't use any wadding for this project, however I did add a layer of fusible woven interfacing to the back of the blue spotted fabric which added a bit of "body" to the table mat. The only thing that was left was the label - I used a couple of small scraps of fabric leftover from the table mat, along with a few leftover embroidery threads. The label was then hand appliqued to the back of the mat...
...unfortunately I didn't manage to take any photographs of the bithday cake or the table mat at the birthday party, but as it's a mat that can be used for all our future celbrations, it will also be used for a family tea party on Easter Saturday afternoon.
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