I chose a white quilted cotton as my base fabric; that meant an already finished front/back. Once I added the hat and face, I just needed to finish the outer edge. It was fun watching them take shape and I'm going to be little sad to see them go....but, hopefully my recipients will love them as much as I do!
Here's what you'll need to get started:
Supplies for 8 placemats:
1 ½ yards of quilted fabric
1 square black felt
2 squares orange felt
|shape for the hat
4 pkgs. of double fold bias tape
fusible hem tape (stitch witchery)
black fabric paint
....and here are the steps to make your snowmen come to life:
Cut 8 circles from the quilted fabric (15"diameter)
Cut 16 ovals from the black felt
Cut 8 triangle shapes from the orange felt
Cut 8 caps from the tartan/knit for the hats
Cut 8 strips of tartan/knit 2" x 14" for the pom-poms
For the face, I first used fabric glue to adhere the eyes onto the fabric, but I didn't like how "crisp" it made them. So, I then tried fusible hem tape and it worked great! So, those are just steamed onto the fabric with an iron.
The smile is drawn on with fabric paint and glitter sprinkled on top while it's still wet.
Finally the pom-pom for the hat is made from the same fabric. Use pinking shears to cut the fabric to prevent fraying; then cut the small strips the full length of the fabric in approximately 3/8" widths stopping just shy of the edge. Roll the fabric, gluing periodically. Once you've rolled the full length, glue the pom-pom onto the top of the placemat.
I'll be honest, I see these as decorative placemats....I did spray scotchguard onto the finished product, but the combination of cotton, felt, and wool definitely calls for handwashing in cold water.
Anyway, they put a smile on my face when I look at them and because they're not totally holiday themed, they could be on your table to enjoy all through the winter months!