Sometimes things just take a long time to get finished! This table topper is an example of pure procrastination! Why is it that stuff only gets finished in a timely manner if there is a deadline? I am an expert in that area! Taxes, yep, I waited until the very last day to get it organized in time to take to the accountant! Cleaning, yep, I wait until the day before I have guests to do some major cleaning and my family knows it because they always ask “who’s coming” when I am cleaning. I am starting to allow some extra lead time, because let’s face it, I’m not as young as I used to be! Let’s get back to the table topper, it’s a much better subject!
This book, The Big Book of Table Toppers, is where the pattern for the topper came from. I love this book! So many ideas and they aren’t all the same type, so that makes it great for gift ideas, because everyone has their own style.
I went to my stash of fabric and picked and sorted and changed my mind lots before deciding on these mostly. I always have the option of changing my mind last minute, because I can and it has to look just right! It might change when I’m sewing or if the light is better.
Making the penny circles where so much fun and they make a great focal point on the topper. I love it! Cutting out the leaves with steam-a-seam isn’t all fun, but it sure does make appliquing much easier.
Putting the top together and adding the vines, leaves and penny flowers went pretty slick with the steam-a-seam. I then stitched a blanket stitch around them with my machine. so much faster than by hand. Since this is a table topper it will be used and will need to be machine washable, so securing the applique is very necessary.
For the binding, I cut from the same fabric as the penny’s and flowers, 6 inch strips 2 1/2 inches wide. Sewing them together to make one long binding strip and then binding the topper. Lastly, I hand sewed the binding to the back and it’s done!
Happy late Anniversary, Heidi and Jesse!
One project done!