Lotta Jansdotter Everyday Style blog tour

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I am very proud and happy to introduce to you my 3rd sewing book, Lotta Jansdotter Everyday Style. This time I am showing you how make your own stylish, cute, functional and everyday garments. The book is filled with really simple patterns and interesting clothes, which are all modeled by real people.

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Most of you probably know me as a different kind of designer (for those of you not so familiar with my work, I create surface patterns and designs that are printed on all kinds of things: fabrics, rugs, cushions, paper goods and plates, to name a few), and the truth is that I do not really know how to sew that well!

The very simple and basic sewing I do know is from home economics class in elementary school! I remember so strongly how satisfying and EXCITING it was to sew a pair of my own PJ pants; it was such a wonderful feeling to make a something that I could wear. I still carry that feeling and wanted to share the excitement at making your own garments in fabrics of your own choosing in this book.

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Since I don't know how to create sewing patterns, I invited pattern maker Alexia Abegg to collaborate with me. She drafted all the patterns in sizes XS to XL based on my ideas, vision, and style, which is rather non fussy - simple lines and classic cuts, cute and functional everyday clothes. Now I can start learning to sew again! Since this book is focused on easy patterns it won’t intimidate a novice sewer.

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I hope you will feel as tickled as I am by these projects. I also hope you will feel inspired to add, alter, and change things to make them more YOU by picking your favorite fabrics, adding ribbon, pockets, lengths, lining, prints, and swatches for example.

I have worked with some really special models for this book. I invited some friends and relatives of all ages to take part, and I could not be happier that they are part of this project. The amazing photographer of this book is Jenny Hallengren - she is also one of my best friends, since I was 10 years old. She has worked tirelessly with me, and together we have had some rather wonderful adventures while making this book.

To celebrate the release of Lotta Jansdotter Everyday Style, STC Craft have invite many talented and creative bloggers and makers on a Blog Tour that starts today! For almost every day in December we will see different versions of projects sewn out of the book. There will also be give-aways on each blog - not only of the book, but also some Lotta Jansdotter fabrics that were created together with Windham Fabrics, and temporary tattoos made together with Tattly - it is like an advent calendar of sorts, a gift everyday until Christmas!

I CANNOT WAIT! It is so super exciting for me.

Here is the blog tour:

Dec 1 – Lotta Jansdotter Dec 2 – STC Craft Dec 3 – Windham Dec 4 – Noodlehead Dec 7 – Modern Handcraft Dec 8 – Sew Scatterbrained Dec 9 – Crimson Tate Dec 11 – Groovy Baby & Mama Dec 14 – City Stitching with Christine Haynes Dec 15 – Craft Sanity Dec 16 – Aesthetic Nest Dec 17 – Sew Mama Sew Dec 18 – Lish Dorset Dec 19 – Fancy Tiger Crafts Dec 21 – Generation Q Dec 22 – Carolyn Friedlander Dec 23 – Crafty Planner

Wow, now lets see what YOU will make! I would of course love it if you want to share with me your process and your finished projects on Instagram: @lottajansdotter Use the tag #lottaeverydaystyle so we can find them!

Tusen TACK!

Lotta Jansdotter & Kobo Candles

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I have had the best time collaborating with Kobo Candles, so crazy good to work with inspiring, kind, creative and simply awesome people. AND I think we made a rather splendid candle collection together too! Eight Scented Candles and six match boxes to match. In stores soon... Come and visit us this Thursday night, November 6th! We'll be stamping and writing postcards and chatting, of course, at Kikkerland shop, 493 6th Avenue, N.Y. Lotta

Meet Our Intern: Madi

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Hi there, I'm Madi, the intern at Lotta Jansdotter's studio. I'm from St. Louis, where I've been finishing up my degree in graphic design. Last summer, I took one of Lotta's printmaking workshops, and I loved it so much that I decided to spend my final semester living in Brooklyn to work with Lotta. It has been inspiring to follow along with her creative process. Textiles and surface pattern design are my passion, and this has been a great way to get an inside look at how the industry operates. I've been here for about two months already and have had so much fun spending time in the workspace and exploring Brooklyn. Here are a few photos we've taken around the studio!

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I have an extensive washi tape collection at home, and I love these tapes with Lotta's designs.

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Cutting fabric in preparation for an upcoming book project. My dream job! Lotta just released two beautiful fabric collections—Mormor and Sylvia.

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Sorting samples from Lotta's newly-released rug line. Click here to learn more about the rug collection with Surya.

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Most of these photos are from Lotta's or my Instagram accounts. We love Instagram! You can tag along on my Brooklyn adventures at @madmadi1210 and get a behind-the-scenes look at day-to-day happenings with Lotta at @lottajansdotter. Thanks for reading!

Love Lotta's Designs for Your Home? Now You Can Decorate Your Phone With Them!

Lotta_App We are happy to announce the launch of Lotta's first phone app! Partnering with MAHA Digital, the Lotta Jansdotter app allows users to download some of Lotta's favorite designs to decorate their smart phones and calendars! Visit the iTunes store now and take a little piece of Lotta wherever you go!

New Lotta Table Top Collection With Dansk + Bed Bath & Beyond

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I am so very excited to announce my new porcelain table top collection with Dansk, exclusively for Bed Bath & Beyond.

It has been a truly wonderful process to work together with Dansk and it is so nice to see the final result reach the stores, and so close to you!

The collection includes twelve different designs that beautifully mix and match together.

You will find Lotta Jansdotter signature designs, created years ago, side by side with designs I created just last year.

Together they make for a creative and timeless collection.

Perfect for wedding registries, dinner parties at home or just your favorite cup of coffee in the morning, I think this dishware collection will be a beautiful and inspiring addition to your home this year!

Visit the Bed Bath & Beyond website to order your own Lotta by Dansk dishware or find out if your local store carries the collection.

The 2014 Calendars are Here!

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We are happy to announce that our yearly fabric calendars are finally here, and just in time for holiday gift giving!  The calendars just arrived in our Brooklyn studio from Lithuania, where they are hand-screened on beautiful linen. Lotta has created these calendars for 13 years now, and they have become somewhat of a collector’s item. We prefer to make them in small, limited editions, so do make sure to nab your's fast since we do not reprint or reproduce them. This year there are two designs to choose from: one for you, and one for your best friend (or mom or auntie).

The cost for the calendar is $26 each.

If you make sure to place your order today, Tuesday, Dec. 10, we will aim to send the order out by this Friday the 13th. We ship by USPS Priority Mail.  The shipping cost for domestic orders is $8 and it is $25 for international orders.

UPDATE: All calendars are now available at Lotta's new webshop. You can find them here.

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Bespoke Wedding Invitations

I am thrilled to be launching a collection of bespoke wedding stationery in collaboration with my good friend Breck of Sesame Letterpress.

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In the past, I have created a handful of custom wedding invitations for special friends but have never taken the leap to offer wedding stationery officially to everyone, even though I have had many requests and much interest. With this collaboration, I am delighted to finally be able to introduce wedding stationery for your special day.

 

Sesame Letterpress has more than a decade of expertise creating custom letterpress invitations out of their Brooklyn studio. As a boutique design shop, they can work closely with you to guide you through the process of creating invitations for your wedding. All of their printing is done on-site and all pieces are hand-fed into Victorian machines one at a time, resulting in the most exquisitely beautiful stationery. Their work has been featured in Martha Stewart WeddingsInStyle,Lucky, Brides and The Knot, to name just a few.

 

To start my collaboration with Sesame Letterpress, I am offering a collection with some of my signature patterns and motifs. The beauty of letterpress printing is a great pairing with my illustrations and bright palette, and this stationery is perfect for a couple with a penchant for bold, modern designs. Even if you’re not in the market for wedding invitations, the thank you cards are perfect for any occasion. You can view the collection and learn more details here.

 

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Scrap Bag Fall Sale!

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It is finally time again for our popular remnant bags! We have carefully put together a batch of bags filled with little pieces of colorful cotton and linen Lotta Jansdotter remnants — bags filled with possibilities and inspiration. After a long and relaxing summer in Scandinavia, we are back in our Brooklyn studio, returning to our sewing machines and projects in a big way. There are so many simple and sweet projects on our list, especially as we get into the gift-making season, so we thought we'd share a few that have caught our eye. Any of these would be a perfect way to use one of our scrap bags, available right here.
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You can see all the projects and links on our Pinterest page.
Get a Scrap Bag! *SOLD OUT* $28 plus $8 for shipping and handling. Each scrap bag is unique and comes with a spectrum of fabric, enough to cover a 24” x 26” area. We tend to run out of these bags quickly, so stock up if you can!
About Shipping: Recently the shipping rates with the US Postal Service have gone up a great deal, especially for international shipping. Actually, it is REAL expensive to ship abroad, so much so that we cannot offer it for this sale. We are very sorry about that.
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VISIT US AT NY NOW AUGUST 18TH – 21ST

It's been a very exciting year in our Brooklyn studio. We have worked with so many fantastic companies and craftspeople to bring you a ton of brand new Lotta Jansdotter products — and in some cases, entirely new categories!
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Aesthetic Movement  Booth # 3744AM will be showing our new collection of patterned melamine made in partnership with Bob's Your Uncle. The full collection includes drinking cups in two different sizes, serving bowls, platters, trays, cereal bowls, salad plates, coasters and placemats. They will also be showing our upcoming baby melamine items! info@aestheticmovement.com Above photo by Jenny Hallengren for Lotta Jansdotter. 

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CB Station Booth #8175

We're so proud to announce the launch of our first canvas bag and home accessories collection with CB Station! The sturdy and practical (and fun!) items are screen printed with Lotta Jansdotter signature patterns in stylish colors, and the collection includes two bags, a pair of zippered pouches, and two soft buckets. info@cbstation.com 

Above photo by Jenny Hallengren for Lotta Jansdotter. 

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Fog Linen Work Booth #4150

Now in our 13th year of producing limited edition fabric calendars, we've joined up with the amazing team at Fog Linento get them out. This year we'll be producing two styles, each hand-screened and sewn in Lithuania on 100% linen. Our calendars are notorious for selling out quickly, so we recommend acting fast! world@foglinenwork.com 

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Crash Candles Booth #2671

Made in Chicago, these beautiful glass tumblers come filled with natural soy wax and are thoughtfully packaged in custom-designed kraft gift boxes. The Crash Candles collection includes 17 unique designs, with three brand-new designs this year. And when the wax has burned through, the vessels make wonderful juice glasses that coordinate wonderfully with our melamine dinnerware collection. info@crashcandles.com 

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The NY NOW show will be open at the Javits Center in New York City from August 18 – 21. For those of you not able to attend the show, please contact the companies directly for more information.

 

MAKERS PROJECT — FRIENDS OF SOCKTOPUS

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Say hello to Maker number four. Friends of Socktopus owner Clarity Miller turned lemons into lemonade when she was diagnosed with a rare and serious kidney disease which made it impossible to have a “regular” job. Instead, she decided to get to work on something she loved: sewing! Her colorful shop offers pages and pages of cheerful stuffed friends — from foxes, owls and elephants to sock monkeys, octopi and wiener dogs. We just cannot get over how adorable those wiener dogs are, even now that we have a full litter of our own in the studio.
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All of Clarity's items are handmade at her home in the San Juan Islands of Washington state. We have three different Lotta Jansdotter doggies available in our Brooklyn Work + Shop for $36 each. Stop by and say hello!

 

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Makers Project — Oonala

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On to Maker number three! Karen Sairanen of Washington, North Carolina, started making fabric bonnets for her own daughters 40 years ago. She went on to study Textiles and Clothing at Iowa State University and got a Master's Degree in Textiles at Cornell University. From there, she has worked as a weaver, teacher and more. It wasn't until years later, when those bonnets were passed down to her grandchildren and she received so many encouraging comments, that she decided to make them again under the name Oonala. We're so glad she did! She says they are the perfect cover up for windy days and are great for going under gaping hoods and helmets.
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Each bonnet is made of cotton and is reversible and washable. We have two styles in our shop — both made from Lotta Jansdotter fabrics, of course! They are one size fits all and cost $36. Come and get them now in our Brooklyn Work + Shop!

 

MAKERS PROJECT — WEE STITCHERY

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Today we are introducing Maker number two: Lauren Dalzell ofWee Stitchery. Inspired by her own daughter and the desire to make things for her that she can pass on to her own children, Lauren sews her wares out of a renovated classroom in an old brick school house in Livingston, Montana, (our kind of studio!). She also draws inspiration from the playfulness and wonder of childhood and from the classic beauty of the natural world — a source we share! The wonderful Wee Stitchery spring/summer collection includes bowties, sunhats and playful dresses. And for our collaborative effort, she's made coin purses, bowties and the cutest earrings you'll ever see, all in LJ fabrics!
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The Wee Stitchery collection is available in our Brooklyn Work + Shop and it includes two styles each of coin purses ($28), bow ties ($24) and earrings ($18).
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MAKERS PROJECT — KATE WILLIAMS DESIGNS

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A little while ago we told you about one of our favorite new projects: a Lotta Jansdotter collaboration with six talented designers and makers. Today we are introducing the first of those makers: Kate Williams Designs. Kate is an inventive mother of two who has been selling her wares since 2008. She started creating baby items after shopping for her own kids and feeling like there was a hole in the market for super-cool products. Now she makes crayon and chalk rolls that are so popular they've been featured on The Today Show! We also thought her crayon rolls were just the sweetest, so when she jumped on board for this project we were thrilled.
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Our collection with Kate Williams Designs includes three crayon rolls in Lotta Jansdotter fabric. They hold a spectrum of eight crayons and are the perfect size for tucking into a car seat pocket, a beach bag or a picnic basket — and they are just the right size for little hands. The rolls are available right here and now in our Brooklyn Work + Shop for $12.
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LOTTA'S GOT A BRAND NEW BAG!

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Who needs another bag? Well, don't we all?!
I have been creating and making totes for all kinds of uses and in all kinds of sizes for many years, but they have always been made in linen. Now I have teamed up with a most wonderful company (which I truly enjoy working with) and together we are creating sturdy, practical, fun and happy canvas totes and home accessories.
The totes are screen printed with my signature patterns in stylish colors, and we are introducing two bags, a pair of zippered pouches and two soft buckets. The collection will launch in a couple weeks so if you want to carry these items in your lovely store, please make sure to visit:
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booth no. 8175.
If you go, please say hello to Jim for me. He is the nicest guy you will ever work with! And if you cannot go, please contact them for price and order information atwww.cbstation.com.
The canvas bags and other items will find their way into stores in October and early November. Yeah! I canNOT wait!
Lotta
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BOB'S YOUR UNCLE MELAMINE GOES BABY!

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We were pretty excited about the launch of our first Lotta Jansdotter collection of melamine with Bob's Your Uncle. The pieces were so fun and colorful that we thought we'd never love another dishware collection as much.
But then the Lotta Jansdotter baby melamine samples arrived! And oh, did we swoon over the bright and bubbly collection of three plates, bowls, cups and spoons! Kids can choose the patterns they love the most, claiming one pattern for their own setting, or mixing it up for a one-of-a-kind mismatched party table. And when the kids grow up, the bowl is perfect for ice cream and the plate is just right for a side salad. We can't wait to use these for years to come — and since they are made of durable melamine, we know we'll be able to.
The Lotta Jansdotter baby melamine collection will be available for wholesale purchase starting at the New York Now gift show in August, and will be in stores shortly thereafter. If you are interested in placing an order, please contact Bob's Your Uncle at info@bobsyouruncle.com.
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LOTTA + BOB'S YOUR UNCLE

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From outdoor cafes to our own balconies and porches, we've been soaking up every possible moment of outdoor dining. But eating alfresco just got better, because our first melamine dinnerware collection with Bob's Your Uncle is now available!
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Actually, the shapes are so interesting and elegant, and the quality is so great, we think you could really use these indoors and year-round as well. They are great for entertaining and everyday use, especially if you are a little rough with your dishes. (Psst: we're already working on a collection just for kids!)
The full collection includes drinking cups in two different sizes, serving bowls, platters, trays, cereal bowls,salad plates, coasters and placemats. Bob's Your Uncle will soon carry all pieces on their website, but if you just have to have it now (we totally understand!), you can contact them directly to find out if there are any retailers near you.
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OH, BABY! LOTTA FOR MOBY WRAP!

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Last Tuesday our studio was filled to the brim with beautiful new moms and their super cute babies! So many babies! They were all here to model our new collection with Moby Wrap, Inc, striking poses for the very talented photographer Jennifer Causey, who has artfully captured many things for us including features in Sweet Paul Magazine and our Bella Catalog. We're very excited about this new collection, which comes out in October, because Moby Wraps are really such a great, comfortable alternative to a lot of the other baby carriers out there on the market.
The samples have turned out so nice, as you can see. We'll let you know when they are available, and if you're interested in buying some wraps for your shop, please contact Moby for more information.
Lots of thanks to our models:
Oni and baby Olumide (top two images)
Christy and baby Effie (first image below)
Kaarin and baby Berkley (second image below)
Erin and baby Joaquin (third image below)

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ON SALE NOW: CHARM PACKS AND FAT QUARTERS!

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We are very happy to have a few extra Bella Charm Packs and Glimma Fat Quarters in our studio, and to make them available to you for all your summer projects! We'll be busy making picnic blankets - what will you make? Quantities are real limited, so please make sure you order yours fast ... just click the links below!

Glimma Fat Quarters - $75 Each pack includes:  24 18 inch x 22 inch pieces of fabric, one of each pattern in the collection (images above). To see the full collection of patterns, please click here.

 

 

Bella Charm Packs - $8

Each pack includes: 38 5 inch x 5 inch pieces, two of each pattern in the collection (images below). To see the full collection of patterns, please click here.

 

Have fun! Lotta

ABOUT SHIPPING: There is a flat Shipping & Handling fee of $15 for all shipments within the Continental US. We ship Priority Mail with the US Postal Service.

Recently the shipping rates with the US Postal Service have gone up a great deal, especially for international shipping. Actually, it is REAL expensive to ship abroad, so much so that we cannot offer it for this sale. We are very sorry about that.

 

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GLIMMA IS HERE!

Hello!
My third fabric collection "Glimma" with Windham Fabrics is now available! You should be able to find the fabric in your local fabric store or in your favorite online shop.
My own bolts just arrived in my studio and I am so tickled. There are so many projects I want to make with these fabrics... I badly need new curtains in our bedroom, and at the moment we have no curtains at all in our living room! Clearly that needs to be attended to.
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I am also happy that in this collection you can find some canvas fabrics in select designs- perfect for sturdier totes and simple upholstery projects.
I wanted to share some of my favorite projects this season:
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Simple pillow cases to mix and match on your bed. (I am going to make many, many for our bed. They also make great gifts!)
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Cushions for lazy days in the garden! This shot is taken in a most lovely and relaxing spot in Montauk, NY... and yes, that was also a lovely glass of Pinot Grigio!
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I have taken to simple floor mats. They add a lot of personality and warmth to floors and could not be easier (and real swift) to make.
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And yes, clothing! So many things to sew for yourself to wear! And do you know what? This fall I will be launching my own sewing patterns! Crazy good I think! More details on that soon...
So now I am wondering: what are YOU going to sew? What projects does this collection inspire you to make? You are all such splendid sewers and makers and I am so often amazed by all the things you make and come up with. So do share with us.
have a good weekend! Lotta

 

BRAND NEW CRASH CANDLES BY LOTTA JANSDOTTER

Here at Lotta Jansdotter we are thrilled to announce the addition of three brand new designs to our popular Crash Candles collection! Made in Chicago, these beautiful glass tumblers come filled with natural soy wax and are thoughtfully packaged in custom-designed kraft gift boxes.

 

We just love seeing these candles lit throughout the studio, and when the wax has burned off we use them as juice glasses - they coordinate perfectly with our dish and glassware line with Fishs Eddy!

 

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Purchase them right on the Crash Candles website, along with 15 other LJ designs! And stay tuned for a giveaway next week on our Facebook page!

 

PLACEMATS WITH GLIMMA!

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The Lotta Jansdotter studio is a great place to entertain, and we always look forward to any excuse to make some treats and chat over coffee. Often, our couch is the centerpiece of these gatherings and for a while now we've wanted to spruce, and soften up, the industrial coffee table that sits next to it.

 

Luckily, samples of our upcoming Glimma collection with Windham Fabrics (launching in April!) just arrived and we were instantly inspired to make an oversized placemat to lay on top. It was a super easy and fun project for an afternoon, so we thought we'd write up some simple directions to guide you through making your own. Of course not everyone has our table, but the following directions could work just as well for table runners and standard placemats.

 

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1. Measure the space you'd like to cover. Our table is 18" x 24", placemats are often 12" x 18" and table runners are one third of the width of your table and 1 foot longer.

 

2. Calculate the final size, accounting for a ¼" seam allowance on all sides – in our case the final size was 18.5" x 24.5". Iron, measure and mark your fabric and cut out two rectangles. (We like to fold the fabric over before cutting so we only have to do it once.)

 

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3. Line up the edges of the two pieces of fabric, with right sides together. Sew around the border, ¼" from the edge, leaving a 3" – 5" gap depending on the thickness of your fabric.

 

4. Turn right side out through the gap and iron your edges flat. Turn the seam allowance under at the gap, iron and pin closed with edges carefully aligned.

 

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5. Top-stitch around the border of the placemat, just shy of ¼" from the edge. And you're done!

 

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This afternoon we enjoyed Lotta's yummy Cardamom Cake on our new and improved coffee table! We will be posting the recipe next so check back soon!