The last step in the sew along was adding the binding ....
I haven't had much success when it comes to using store bought binding, (think wrinkly and wonky), so for this project I decided to make my own. I used the same grey fabric for my binding that I used for the backing.
Now it's still not perfect and I need more practice to get the corners looking nice but it's my best attempt yet and I love how my mat turned out.
It looks great on my sewing table and it just might motivate me to clean up the rest of my space.
I thought it would be the perfect opportunity for me to practice some basic quilting techniques before doing any further work on my lap quilt that I currently have on the go.
I find deciding on fabrics and composition is always the hardest part but once I had that sorted it didn't take long to sew the top of the mat together.
I have a terrible time getting my corners to match up and it makes me a little crazy so I usually steer clear of patchwork projects.
I used my walking foot when sewing my strips together and some of my corners actually line up! As for the others they're all pretty close so I'm happy with that. Also I think that the busyness of the prints draws the eye away from any imperfections.
The next step in the sew along is basting and quilting. Hopefully I'll get onto that tomorrow.
It would seem that Kid's Clothes Week was just what I needed to get my motivation back ....
I finished this project just in time, the mornings have suddenly turned really cold!
I made a size 5-6 using this pattern here. It was really easy to follow with lots of photos to help along the way. There is a little bit of hand sewing involved, which isn't one of my strong points, but if I can do it anyone can.
It's the first time that I've sewn something like this and considering that, I'm pretty happy with the end result. I used fleece and flannelette from my stash and they make the vest extra warm and cozy.
I had a few issues with the zip and it's a bit wonky but that's just part of the handmade look, right?