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Thursday, December 9, 2010

{Christmas} Snowflake Placemats & A(nother) No-Sew Table Runner

A no-sew runner? Me? Yeah, making table runners seems to be what I do these days. But I wanted to bring some Holiday Cheer into the breakfast room, and it's hard to beat the impact a few swatches of fabric can make!

Here's our breakfast table (and dinner table 99% of the time), looking as happy as a table can:

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Let's break it down and build it in layers, shall we?

I spotted this Dr. Seuss-like outdoor fabric at Hancock Fabric and thought it was a fun twist on the classic Christmas colors. I folded the edges under with the iron, then decided to skip the Stitch Witchery and just used fabric glue to create the 'hem.' It took all of about 5 minutes.

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For the centerpiece, I filled my DIY pedestal bowl with ornaments that match this year's Christmas tree color scheme.


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Not one to leave well-enough alone, I attempted made snowflake placemats out of felt, sequin discs and fabric glue.

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Thank goodness I had extra felt, because apparently I'm the Worst.Snowflake.Maker.Ever!

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What the French is that?!?! I made snowflakes out of paper as a kid, so I didn't think twice about it when I started cutting my first one out. One problem is how thick folded felt is....it's like cutting a horse's mane with nail scissors! (Or what I'd imagine it'd be like to cut a horse's mane with nail scissors since I've not actually ever tried it.) I didn't get much better at making them, so I don't have any good tips for you. Definitely practice with paper first, and maybe create a template if you're particular about how things turn out.

Once I had four snowflakes cut, I hoped to disguise their disfigurement, and add more sparkle, by gluing sequin discs on them.

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(This is totally the best one of the bunch...pitiful, right? I'm kind of hoping you don't notice the others.)

But as a whole, it looks pretty cute...and definitely full of Christmas Cheer!

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(The really weird looking one is Mr. Sugarplum's...so it's not just me that sucks at making them!)

We switch to our Spode Christmas dishes the day after Thanksgiving, so I set the table with them to get the full effect.

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I raided my craft box and found jingle bells and a scrap of snowflake paper....so I rigged them up into musical napkin rings.

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I didn't actually cook anything, but at least the table is ready for if when I do!

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So who's the snowflake-making-wizard out there...and what tips do you have for me?! And has anyone ever actually cut a horse's mane?

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31 comments:

  1. The runner is fab, if I had time to get fabric before my party I would be doing this! AND the snowflakes, ha, I hear you about cutting snowflakes out of felt, I tried to make a skirt last year, it's okay, but it is harder to fold & cut felt than I had anticipated. Paper is soooooo much more cooperative! Still, your snowflakes turned out sweet!

    Janell

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  2. I think this looks awesome! I've never tried making snowflakes out of felt, but I'm sure it is really hard. I think they turned out great though...if I were hosting a holiday party, I would totally give this a try:)

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  3. You are so crafty lady! I love love the runner and the snowflakes are adorable. Nice work:)

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  4. I love it! This is such a fun table setting. Those stripes are so cheerful that you can't help but smile when you look at them. Thanks for joining my party and sharing it with us! :)

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  5. I think it turned out very cute! Snowflakes are harder than they look! I saw this blog post today about how to make them on {How About Orange}. http://howaboutorange.blogspot.com/2010/12/how-to-make-5-pointed-paper-snowflakes.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+HowAboutOrange+(How+About+Orange)
    I'm going to try it next time I make snowflakes!

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  6. I dig the no-sew thing you've got going on over there. Even though I have a machine, I'm not very adept at using it! Very fun table- especially the jingle bells! I love the font and snowflakes you used in your pictures too.

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  7. Totally crushing on your striped table runner! A great, quick crafty make, Cass! xo

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  8. Cassie! You did it again. Daring. I LOVE the stripes. I am with megan on not whipping out the machine. I grab anything else before it. Super cute.

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  9. I love how playful it is, especially since it is the breakfast nook. My favorite part are the snowflake chargers, very cute!

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  10. love the red and white striped table runner. you are so creative!

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  11. I love the runner and may be stealing this idea with some leftover fabric I have. Second, the only way I have found that works to make felt snow flakes is to create one out of paper to use as a template and then use chalk to mark out what you need to cut. Finally cut everything out using a pair of small scissors. You can thank the 3rd grade teacher down the street from me for this....

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  12. i am loving the bold stripes of that runner! it's wonderful!

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  13. I love the runner and snowflakes! We have those same Christmas plates, by the way! I love putting them out...they're so cute for the Holidays

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  14. I love your whimsical table! How fun! I think you did very well with those snowflakes!

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  15. love the stripes! your table is so festive...

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  16. I think your snowflakes turned out cute :) I did read some good felt snowflake making tips by Jen at Tatertots and Jello though:
    http://tatertotsandjello.blogspot.com/2010/12/felt-project-winter-snowflake-specimen.html

    I love your Christmas table! And I'm your newest follower. :)

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  17. I love the table runner Cassie. And, the snowflakes are adorable. I love the randomness!

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  18. So do you want to come and decorate my holiday table??? (c: Love it, as usual, and that table runner is so stinkin' cute!

    http://loveallthingsbrightandbeautiful.blogspot.com

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  19. here's a great link I found to cut my snowflakes!
    http://www.highhopes.com/snowflakes.html

    hope it helps :)

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  20. holy rusty. you are so cute! i love that these are no-sew. because if they weren't... they'd be a no-go. ;)

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  21. I love the combo of the red and white stripes with the green snowflakes. So pretty! And you're cracking me up with the horse's mane! :)

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  22. The runner looks great! What a genius idea to iron and use fabric glue! I love the stripes. You are so inspiring, I need to kick it up a notch at our house:)

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  23. This is brilliant and something I could actually do. Yay. I love the red and white stripes. Thanks for posting.

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  24. I am loving that runner - in fact i may have to steal your idea for our christmas eve soiree! Also think the bells idea is super cute! Great post as ever!
    Rachie xo

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  25. adorable!!!! Love it! thecoolkidsblog.com

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  26. Very cute! The snowflake placemat idea is great - so simple and yet so festive. Thanks for sharing and Happy Holidays!

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  27. Love the no sew runner...Love anything no sew! LOL

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  28. I love your table!! And I have the same dishes...they're not Spode though, they're Nikko Christmastime. Darling!!!

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Your comments are like popcorn with milk duds, I just can't quit them. Thanks for taking the time to share your positive thoughts! xoxo, cass

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