A local client was cleaning out closets during the pandemic (something many of us did!) Her mother passed away over a decade ago and she found linens that had belonged to her mom.
The pieces were about 16″ x 25″. She was hoping to have the placemats be about 12″ x 16″.
Just to summarize what the process for a custom project like this might involve, I thought I’d review the steps:
- Client emails or calls. Discuss preliminary ideas and possible costs.
- Receive items, log into system.
- Discuss the project over the phone to review design ideas.
- Head to Joanns to pick out backing fabric.
- Wait many months because project isn’t needed until December.
- Call client to review ideas again because you are worried you forgot!
- Determine what batting to use.
- Pre wash and press the linen fabrics.
- Determine the cut size and batch cut all the linens. Repeat for backing fabric and batting.
- Start stitching!
- Invert all the placemats.
- When almost complete, sewing machine dies. Run to repair shop.
- Borrow daughter’s machine to finish the job.
- Take photos and share with client.
- Set up payment and package the placemats.
- Take box to USPS.