Almost Seven Years in the Making

My husband is a huge estate sale-goer. For years, he spent Friday afternoons criss-crossing Atlanta for the best estate sales.

He never had anything specific in mind, just an interest in seeing everyone’s stuff. At these sales, he’d always pick up a small little thing that was just incredible.

One year, he got me this set of craft books from the 1970s. One of those books, a Better Homes and Gardens book called Leisure Crafts, proved to be a treasure trove of crafting ideas. All in the 1970s style that I have always loved–probably because I was born into it.

One of the bazaar ideas in the book (remember church bazaars?) was a picnic placemat set. I began the set back in 2006 by sewing strips of fabric together left over from the quilt top I displayed in the leftover piece a couple of weeks ago.


My Catahoula Queen, Lily, points out the strips we sewed together when she was yet a pup.


To stick with the 70s theme, I pulled out two favorite disco colors from my mom’s old sewing box.

One for the top stitch, one for the bottom.



Of course, that back fabric was a 70s holdover found on a trip to Renninger’s Flea Market in Kutztown, Pa. It’s been collecting dust in my crafty area for about 5 years.

I serged on the strip that holds the utensils with a fire stitch, which ended up looking pretty awesome with the two threads. (No hand sewing here. As I said, I’m no Luddite!)


A tie was also fire stitched to the back, so that each placemat can be rolled up and easily carried in a backpack.


Seven years in the making, and this set is finally done! We’ll be carrying these along with our sleeping bags on our next camping trip. Can’t wait!


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