We had such a good time putting together this tablescape for a fun Easter or Spring celebration! We showed you the Easter Buckets yesterday that we think would be an excellent Easter gift. Today we want to share some fun ways to decorate your table! We started our table with a neutral tablecloth to help our colorful pieces really pop off the table. On top of that we added a chalkboard fabric table runner. This might be the easiest project ever! Purchase a 1/2 yard of chalkboard fabric (it's precut in the shop for your convenience). You take it home, unroll it and it's done! Chalkboard fabric runners are a quick and easy way to assign spots at the table or to label the dishes you're serving. It's also a great way to keep the kids busy as they wait for meal time. Give them the chalk and let them help you decorate! It cleans up easily with a wet paper towel. Our next layer includes a mix and match set of placemats. The pieced flying geese placemat is a soon to be FREE pattern during our the Valley Shop Hop in April. (Make plans to join the Shop Hop this year to collect this free pattern. Each shop on the hop is offering a free placemat pattern!) We have so many great prints in the shop right now that we couldn't pass up featuring one of our favorites as a "whole cloth" placemat. We quilted and bound it in the same fabric as the pieced placemats to help make it a cohesive look. The same idea could easily be used for a fabric table runner as well. MAKE IT: Supplies (for two whole cloth placemats or one whole cloth table runner): 1/2 yard Roadside Guides in canvas for front 1/2 yard Ladder Lines in Ice Peach for back 1/2 yard Neo-Flies in Profound for binding 1/2 yard Quilter's Dream Fusion Batting Make a quilt sandwich with the back, batting, and front fabric. Baste and quilt as desired. Quilting these can be as simple as a few lines of stitching or as complicated as you can dream up. This is a great chance to try out new techniques or ideas without a lot of commitment! Trim placemats to 14" x 19" each or 14" x 40" for a table runner. Bind using your preferred method. Cloth napkins are one of those special touches that add a lot of depth to your table but don't have to take up a lot of time! We like to just trim up fat quarters (or cut a yard of fabric into 4 quadrants) then use the serger to finish them with a rolled hem. In no time flat you'll have a set of cloth napkins! The great part is you can make as many as you need instead of purchasing them in set amounts. So if there are 2 or 22 at your Easter dinner you'll be able to make just enough. Don't know how to do a rolled hem on a serger - no problem! Come use the serger in our classroom and we'll get you all set up. (Find more info here on Open Sew.) Napkin fabric pictured is Tentative Dot in Tonic from the Avantgarde Collection for Art Gallery Fabrics. Ready to up the cuteness scale by 100? Add a handmade plant to each place setting! Fabric plants are ridiculously fun (and maybe addictive?) Our DIY Plant Kit will help get you started! The kit contains the supplies to make one of each type of plant included in the pattern. Hit up a thrift store for some fun, random containers to hold your plants to give your table an eclectic vibe. Or bust out your teacup collection to make them really special. Planning to make a bunch? Here's our favorite green "plant" fabrics!
From Left to Right
Row 1: Fragments in Green, Squared Elements in Lime, Sprinkles in Summer Camp
Row 2: Quilter's Linen in Leaf, Sunny Aqua Peppered Cotton, Stripes in Green
Once we started we couldn't stop! We had to make large Aloe Vera fabric plants for the main centerpieces of our table. As our special gift to you, we will be sharing that pattern as a FREE download tomorrow on the blog, so stop back tomorrow to learn how to make the plants and the plant buckets!
So tell us, what's inspiring your Spring table?