Look at this super fun creation! It was not my original idea, but a lovely collaboration for a friend and customer who had seen variations of this on line. She told me what she wanted and here’s the result, fun!
It is made from chalkboard material, yes, so cool! I bought this at JoAnn’s Fabrics; you can find it on line as well. It runs about $4/yd. Easy to prime, rub chalk on it then wipe it off, ready to go! It has a thick, somewhat stiff texture but is very easy to work with.
Cut chalkboard fabric piece 18″ x 13″
Cut backing (in this case “Hot Wheels” cotton fabric) 18″ x 13″
Cut piece for side pockets 10″ x 22″ ~ orient print to go along side; in this case cars horizontal to placemat
Fold side piece in half so it measures 5″ x 22″ ~ here’s where my unorthodox methods come into play…start making pockets about 2 1/2″ wide to fit kids’ goodies, in this case Hot Wheels cars; the pocket for chalk measures 5″ wide. First I ironed them with folds. I topstitched it.
I sewed the folded pockets onto the chalkboard fabric with one straight line stitch above.
Next pin the backing right side out onto the chalkboard fabric and pockets. I just went right ahead and sewed double fold bias tape, in this case green, to hold the front and back and pockets together. Feel free to sew/baste anything together first if you like! Oh, don’t forget to make some strings and sew on the edge for tying together for transport. It’s portable!