When I was quite young, my mother taught me how to set the table. I think it’s something that most parents teach their children as soon as they’re able to help out. Sometimes children ask:
Which side does the knife go on?
Which side for the fork?
Which way should the knife be turned,
Ready to eat pork?
Sharp side in or sharp side out?
How close to the plate?
What if there’s a spoon as well?
Can you tell me, mate?
So I decided to come up with a way to make it easier for a child to learn to set the table. Somewhere I had seen a set of placemats that showed exactly where to put the cutlery and where to put the plate.
At the same time, it was a good way to learn what the primary colours (red, yellow, and blue) were. The green was a bonus.
I made these quite a long time ago (eight years), but as I looked through some old photos, I came across them. Since I’m going to a quilting retreat next week, I thought I’d share these with you. I didn’t use a pattern to make the placemats. They’re quite simple. But I did cut out the shapes for the plates and the cutlery using cardboard tracers.