Yes, I realize that it is suppose to be joy or cheer or peace or something, but my Christmas wish for everyone seems to be rectangles. Never have I noticed how many things come in rectangular form. Crazy! What am I talking about, you ask. Christmas gifts. It started out with the aforementioned rice bags. Then came the placemats. I decided to go for it and make all 12 of Sophia's classmates chalkboard placemats. I had made placemats back in the summer for my mom so I thought, "No big deal. Done it before." How naive I am.
Hopefully the kids like them too. I tied them using a ponytail holder that had been tied into two loops, one for the placemat and a smaller one to hold the chalk. I assumed that not many moms cared around chalk in their purse. My idea was that these placemats would be excellent at restaurants. I also used plain cotton on one side because I could only find oilcloth that looked boring.
Now that I was quite confident about bias tape, I went on to a fabric checkerboard for my nephew. I have procrastinated about his gift because truly what do you sew for an eight year old boy? I finally found this checkerboard tutorial over at I Heart Linen. I thought that even though he loves soccer and other very active games, he might find need of a quiet, sedentary distraction during a break in a tournament or even on the LONG drive from Tennessee to Missouri that his family takes several times a year. I used the soccer theme to try and make the board "manly."