Saturday, January 15, 2011

Tutorial on photo placemats & award

Hello blogging buddies,
I know, it's been way too long since I've posted.  I've been busy creating and finishing off some projects.
Oh, I've also started a new painting~however it's a go slow piece!
Anyway, I've had a few buddies ask about the tutorial for the photo place mats, so I've going to show you how I achieved them.
Using my computer and my photo program I've cropped, cut and pasted my photo's into a Word document.  I found this easy, so I could see how it was going to look on the A4 cotton sheet.

 These fabulous sheets of printable cotton I purchased at the last Stitches and Craft show.  The lady from Australian Country Quilts was very helpful.  You can also buy these online at http://www.australiancountryquilts.com/ at a very reasonable price.
 Following the directions on the packet, I printed my photo's, left it over night, peeled off the backing paper, rinsed in a cold bucket of water, dried and ironed my fabric photo sheet.  Oh, sooo easy!

I sewed on my border fabrics.  I sewed on 1.5 inch strips to the sides of the place mats and 2.5inch strips to the top and bottom of each place mat.

 I used padded cotton for the backing.  I needed something heat resistant for my timber table as well as a backing.  This suited me just fine.

I sewed in between each picture to attach the backing to the top piece.

Then comes the 2.5 inch binding.  Ironed in half and attached to the outside on the front of each place mat.

 Trim off the excess backing fabric and hand sew the binding over to the back with hidden stitches.
Oh dear, I did take a photo of the finished place mats but blogger didn't like it.  LOL I really don't know why it didn't want to load.


Yesterday I received an award from my friend June at http://unwrappingmyheart.blogspot.com/ Thank you June.  June is a great blogger, always sharing images and leaving kind comments!
Part of the deal with this award is to share 8 things about yourself, So here I go~
1~I'm a wife to one, Mother to two, Sister to four.

2~I grew up with my Mum and four sisters, then seven years ago I met my Dad~now I have six Aunts and Uncle's and twenty four cousins.

3~I'm left handed, have messy writing but I love using my hands to paint and sew.

4~My husband and I have been in business for twenty four years {makes me sound really old, but I'm not} previous to that I was a medical receptionist.

5~I don't like shopping unless it's for Art & Craft supplies and I love a bargain.

6~If I could do anything is this world, it would be find a cure for cancer.

7~If I had a never ending supply of money, I would open up a family orientated motor bike track for pee wee's, teenagers and adults with camping facilities and a hugh workshop for artists.

8~I'd like to have a big party and meet all my blogging buddies one day.
Well that's my eight things.  Now I have to pass this award on to 8 other stylish bloggers.  This is a difficult task as I have soo many stylish blogging buddies!

Kerryanne @ http://www.shabbyartboutique.blogspot.com/
Kris @ http://www.tagalongteddies.blogspot.com/
Sharon @ http://allnorahsart.blogspot.com/
Peg @ http://happyinquilting.blogspot.com/
Martha @ http://marthalever.blogspot.com/
Diane @ http://dianesalter.blogspot.com/
Lynn @ http://trashtotreasureart.blogspot.com/
Mariondee @ http://mariondee-designs.blogspot.com/
Hugs to you all,
Anna

15 comments:

Diane said...

HI Anna! Thanks so much for this award--I'm so glad that you appreciate my blogging, and congratulations to you for receiving it!!
P.S. Great tutorial--you do it effortlessly--I love it!

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

These turned out great--was fun to see the process. I ought to do that with some of my art; that would be fun on the table!
Congrats on your award~~You ARE stylish!

XXOO~~♥
Anne

Kerryanne English said...

The placemats are a wonderful way to keep loved ones close Anna. Sort of a daily reminder to be grateful for the ones you love.

Congrats on your award and also for passing it onto me.
Hugs ~ Kerryanne

Martha Lever said...

I loved seeing your process on the place mats! I know they turned out great. Thanks SO much for the Stylish Blogger Award! I enjoyed reading about you.

Jan said...

Nice tutorial, Anna. That looks pretty straightforward but I'm sure it took more work to make the tutorial than it took to make the photo placemat! Thanks. And congrats on the award.

Gail McCormack said...

Hi Anna
I love your placemats!
Congratulations on the award!!
I'm going to look into the link for the fabric printins!

Gail xx

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Congrats to you Anna on your award...and thank you so very much for listing me as one of your stylish bloggers, you have touched my heart....great tutorial...

Lynn Stevens said...

Well Anna now I know I need to pick up some of the printable fabric. You made it look so easy.
Thank you so much for the award. I'll try and do my best to list some things about myself.
I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one with bad handwriting. I should have been a DR. LOL
Hugs Lynn

Marlene said...

Love the placemats. I was happy to see your blog post - I am not sure where in Australia you are and have been seeing all the news and pictures of the flooding and was worried about you. Fun to learn more about you.

Hazel said...

Hi Anna,

What a great tutorial for making the placemats. Great idea!

I picked up some printable canvas at the same show.......still in the packet unopened LOL.

Hugs,
Hazel

Wickedly Divine Creations said...

Great tutorial :) and loved ready a bit more about you

mariondee-designs said...

Hi Anna, congratulations on your award! Great tutorial on the place mats, might even have a go of printing pics onto fabric myself. Thank you so much for thinking of me and passing on the award. take care, Maryann

Wini said...

Dear Anna Rosa, I hope you had a great new year! Congrats on your award! Your placements look fantastic, and thank you for sharing the process! I didn't know about the printable cotton. I'm off to check it out now!! Wini xo

Crafty Chookie said...

Congrates on your award...
:-) Hugs Michelle

Kathleen said...

Congratulations Anna and Thank You for showing how easy it is to use Premium Printable Photo Fabric sheets.
We would love you to come and visit our facebook "Australian Country Quilts - Photo Fabrics" for more great ideas and freebies.
Kathleen stone