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Strawberry Placemat


March brings thoughts of warmer weather. Make these placemats for al fresco meals in the warmer days ahead. The hem treatment using a satin stitch makes these quick and easy. You can order a kit that includes the embroidery design.
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Materials
3/8 yard linen
1 piece 8 x 8 inch tear away stabilizer
Design  “Fresh Strawberries
Size 75 universal needle
White 60 weight thread
30 weight rayon embroidery in
            colors for the embroidery
Cutting
Cut the linen 19 x 14 inches by pulling threads on the cutting lines to keep the grain straight.
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Embroidery
Embroider the design in the center of the placemat using the stabilizer. If you do not have an embroidery machine, you may embroider a monogram by hand or add an applique to the center front of the piece.
Instructions
1.
Fold and press a 1 inch hem on all four sides.
2.
Sew the hems down with a straight stitch about 1/8 inch from the edges. Keep your stitching straight as it will be the line you follow to sew your satin stitch.
3.
Set up your sewing machine for a satin stitch (L=0.8,W=6.0). This can be an actual satin stitch or a tight zigzag stitch. You may want to practice turning corners as described in step 4 and 5, on a piece of scrap linen.
4.
With a thread that contrasts the fabric (red was used on the cover placemat) stitch around all four sides. Start in the middle of a side.
5.
When you get to a corner, stop with the needle to the inside. Lift the needle and align it so the zigzag will end evenly with the previous row.