*General tips for sewing with laminated cotton fabrics*
1. Use a walking foot. Many people will suggest you use a teflon foot but I don't own one & have had success using my walking foot.
2. Be careful using pins. Pins will leave permanent holes in laminates. Use pins only in the seam allowance or use clips like I do below.
3. Do not put your iron directly on the laminated side of the fabric or you'll have quite a mess. You can press laminates cottons but you need to use a pressing cloth.
4. If you are new to sewing with laminated cotton fabrics I highly suggest reading this post by Kathy Mack over at Pink Chalk Studios. Kathy goes over the basics, ironing, washing and sewing tips.
3. Use the wonder clips to hold all three layers together. If you are using pins make sure that they are close to the edge in the seam allowance.
4. Use a walking foot and sew around the placemat with a 1/2" seam allowance. Leave a 5" to 6" opening on one side so that you can turn the placemat right side out.
5. This is what the corners should look like.
7. Turn the placemat right side out. Use a pressing cloth to press it. Often the seams will not lay as flat as with regular fabric even after pressing.
8. A pressed placemat.
9. Use clips to hold the fabric together where the opening is. Start at the opening and top-stitch around the placemat with an 1/8" from the edge. You'll sew the opening closed at the same time.
10. It's that easy! One of the best parts is that these are also reversible.
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