Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Chalk Cloth Placemat- 1 year old Birthday Present?

We're off to a 1st birthday party at the weekend and I have a couple of different ideas for presents. The first is this chalk cloth placemat which I made this morning:

In theory, throw in a packet of chalk and a wee cloth and its a great present, but I have a few issues with it:

1. My shoddy sewing.  This was my first time using bias binding since a school home economics class when I was aged about 11 and I have to admit that it could've been A LOT neater.
Just look at that dodgy sewing!
2. (This is the bigger issue) I've done a bit of reading on the subject and oil cloth is not regarded to be food safe due to the possibility of chemical leaching. Now I personally regard a place mat as something that you put a plate on. I accept that the occasional bit of food will escape from the plate and be eaten, but the contact will (hopefully) be minimal and the occurrence not too regular (its a little girl that this is for!). As such, I would say that oil cloth is a good material for this project.

What are your ideas? Is it safe to use in this way?

Stay posted for my other gift ideas...

Challenge #39- (make a chalk cloth placemat)- COMPLETE


  1. It looks great. I've just used bias binding for the first time this week and yours looks way neater than my efforts!

  2. It looks Amazing. A great birthday present. I have been on a hunt for Chalk cloth for a while now and haven't found any in NZ yet. I think this is a gift that will make one little girl very happy.

  3. Thanks guys!
    Mumma2s, I got this sent over from Australia a while back in combination with some other small things that I was buying. But I have since found it at the following NZ based site... have fun!

  4. This looks good. To be honest I've never used bias tape before so I think you did a great job! Don't be to critical on yourself! Thank you for linking to Sew Woodsy last week! We hope you will join us again tomorrow!


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