While looking through our favorite blogs last week we were inspired by Laura Normandin's beautiful recent post over at Wren Handmade. It's a beautiful oversized placemat made from Nani Iro oilcloth, a pretty and effective way to keep things clean when a baby is just learning to eat. We liked it so much that we wanted to share it with our readers!

Laura Normandin is one of our favorite designers, her work always gets us excited. (You may remember her crocheted bracelets pattern from last year right here on The Purl Bee). In addition to her great blog Laura also has a wonderful Etsy store, she currently has some amazing crocheted flower barrettes available there that would be so sweet for Easter gifts! You can probably tell by the charming image above just how lovely and inspirational her sense of style is.

This project struck us because of how useful, simple and pretty it is. (We also love this sweet picture of Laura's adorable baby son.) It's a great use of the Nani Iro Olicloth, which is such a distinct and beautiful fabric.

Please check out Wren Handmade for more inspiration and if you'd like to give something like this a try here's what you'll need:

If you're a beginner at making and sewing bias tape you also might want to check out Molly's Handmade Napkin Project Journal right here.

Thanks so much to Laura for letting us repost this inspiring project!