Bemz tote bag to table mat set

If you haven’t come across Bemz, then do have a look at it’s a brilliant website where you can buy tailored loose covers for Ikea furniture. The covers are available for most Ikea sofas & chairs & come in a huge range of colours, prints & fabrics (my favourite is the soft chenille). Bemz will send you up to 5 samples of the fabrics so you can choose the right one.

Anyway… I filled in an online questionnaire Bemz was running & was sent a tote bag made from one of their prints: “Josephine” by the Swedish designer Gota Tragardh (1904-1984), one of the founders of the Beckmans design school in 1939 & known for her “pencil line look”.

I make my own bags, so I used this beautiful fabric to make a place mat & coaster set for two: I used a dinner plate and a CD as perfect circle templates, bonded the fabric onto grey felt (using Bondaweb), and made bias binding from a fat quarter of red cotton from my stash. The binding was sewn by machine from the front & by hand onto the back.

There were some small pieces left over, so I also made napkin rings in the same way.

Thank you, Bemz!

2 Responses to “Bemz tote bag to table mat set”

  1. Emma says:

    Such lovely mats you made, and the napkin ring is darling! We should have sent you the fabric instead of the bag…
    We at Bemz love fabrics, and are so glad to see new creative ways of using them! Emma

  2. Christie at Bemz says:

    Hi – again, great job on the place settings. You are obviously very creative and handy with a needle and thread. I was wondering if you’d be willing to do a short write up of how you made them for our blog It’s a Cover Up? We have a whole Design-It-Yourself series which this would slot into beautifully. Please say yes!
    Christie at Bemz

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