Have you ever tried working with fusible vinyl? I bought some to give it a try. I wanted to make a placemat for my Mum and Dad to use on their kitchen table. For Dad, I chose a crossword puzzle themed fabric, he does the puzzle in the newspaper every day.
Then I followed the directions on the package of fusible vinyl and added a piece to the right side of each of the rectangles. Then simply sew the rectangles , right sides together, leaving a large opening to turn right side out and topstitch around the perimeter and done. They love their new placemats.
Because vinyl sticks to mostly everything, it is a bit difficult to sew. I had recently purchased the Pfaff Roller Foot
Hope you had time to get some sewing done today!