PROJECTS TO SEW

FOR THE DIN­ING ROOM

Simply Sewing - - CONTENTS - De­signer: RE­BECCA REID Styling: LISA JONES Pho­tog­ra­phy: PHILIP SOWELS

A beau­ti­fully laid ta­ble starts with the ta­ble run­ner. Dec­o­ra­tive and prac­ti­cal, it’ll pro­tect your ta­ble and pro­vide an at­trac­tive fo­cal point. Our sim­ple run­ner fea­tures a main fab­ric and a neat con­trast­ing bor­der, but you could use favourite fab­rics from your stash for a patch­work ef­fect.

Nap­kins are a din­ner party es­sen­tial, but don’t set­tle for the bor­ing plain va­ri­eties in the shops. In­stead, sew up your own to com­ple­ment your scheme for a co­or­di­nated look – we made ours with a con­trast bor­der to match the ta­ble run­ner.

We’re not ashamed to ad­mit that we’re of­ten guilty of fill­ing up on bread be­fore the main course – es­pe­cially when it’s so invit­ingly pre­sented. We’ve given our bread bas­ket a per­sonal touch with chain stitch embroidery. Some­one pass the but­ter, we’re ready to tuck in! There will be no who-sits-where con­fu­sion at our din­ner par­ties thanks to these house-mo­tif place name tags em­broi­dered with guests’ names, made from scraps and fin­ished with a but­ton door han­dle. Home sweet home.

All din­ner party ta­bles need a bit of green­ery (and we’re not just talk­ing about the salad!). If the win­ter chill has put al fresco din­ing plans on hold, bring the out­side in with a plant pot cen­tre­piece in a lined fab­ric holder. It’ll look lovely on your shelf when the party’s over, too. When the food, wine and con­ver­sa­tion is flow­ing, we want our din­ner guests to be as com­fort­able as pos­si­ble – and these squishy seat pads will cer­tainly do the trick! They’re made to fit your din­ing chairs ex­actly with a tie fas­ten­ing and fea­ture pip­ing for a pro­fes­sional fin­ish.

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