Elvis fan? One of our friends might just be his biggest! As a matter of fact this friend of ours just got back from a trip to Graceland! That's some hardcore Elvis lovin'! :)
So the question arose as to what to give him for Christmas. Nothing major...just a "thinking of you" kind of gift. But what do you get a guy that has already has everything? On top of that has everything Elvis? Not a clue until I saw some Elvis fabric. Then the question was what to do with the fabric?
Since the Elvis prints almost looked like panels I decided to cut out the four different pieces and do something with them. Ahhhh. Place mats! Not something I would usually gift a guy.....but I'm hoping that the whole Elvis plastered on the front of the mat will make up for the fact that they are....well......place mats! Ha!
|Elvis Place Mats|
|Back of the place mats.|
It should have only taken me about an hour to make them but as it turns out, no matter how much ironing I did the panels were not perfect squares (GOSHDARNIT!) Then I had to take the imperfect squares, center them onto the black fabric, iron, applique and then sew them on. Ugh. You'd think that would be enough work but then I got super ambitious and decided to pad the mats as well. Before I knew it the place mats were going from a "thinking of you" type of gift to a "thinking of you A LOT" kind!
Anyways.....the end result? After several HOURS of being totally obsessive I finished...and I'm happy! And there is something about the Michael Miller stripes that I LOVE. Not sure why but I do! It's very rich looking...and masculine. Perfect for this project.
I also totally scored on a black and white retro Elvis photo mug that I found at Ross. Gotta love Ross! Matches the place mats well!