Fat Quarter Gang - Patchwork Mat by Don't Call Me Betsy
August 27, 2012
All of our Fat Quarter Gang members have posted and our lovely friend Elizabeth from Don't Call Me Betsy was one of the lucky peeps to get a spot as an honoree gang member. Afraid of what being in a sewing gang would entail.. she gave in to the pressures (after some very serious threats to her stash!) and produced this super cute tutorial for all of you guys...
Hi everybody! I'm Elizabeth from Don't Call Me Betsy and I'm here to share a new tutorial, using gorgeous Art Gallery fabric.
I love patchwork, and my kitchen is in dire need of sprucing up, so I decided to make a super simple patchwork kitchen rug. This rug is so easy to make and versatile that it truly could be used in just about any part of your house! Using a simple towel as the backing and some fun patchwork for the top, you can make a gorgeous mat in an afternoon.
Patchwork Kitchen Rug Tutorial
10 various fat quarters (used are Garden Rocket Turquoise, French Sampler Creme, Henna Stripe Mustard, Vintage Fence Lime, Lacis Blueberry, Moire Aquamarine, Rattan Bleu, Flowerpop Zesty, Oval Elements Mist, Oval Elements Smoke)
1 bath towel or bath mat, measuring approximately 20" x 32"
1. Using some of your favorite fabrics, cut a total of 160 - 2 1/2” squares from your ten fat quarters. I used ten gorgeous LillyBelle prints by Bari J. for Art Gallery prints including two Oval Elements.
2. Sew squares together in rows of 16, using a scant 1/4” seam allowance. You will end up with a total of 10 rows of 16 squares each. Press seams open as you go.
3. Sew rows together, again using a scant 1/4” seam allowance, lining up the raw edges right sides together and pinning at the seams, and press well. Continue until all rows are sewn together.
4. Next, using an old towel or bathmat, align the right side of your patchwork with the right side of your backing. The bathmat I used wound up being smaller than my patchwork slightly, so I just trimmed off the excess after I finished my pinning. NOTE: When you pin your backing and top together, be sure to leave approximately a 6” gap – you’ll use this gap to turn your mat right side out. I like to use two pins to mark my gap, to remind me to stop when I get to them.
5. Using a 1/2” seam allowance, sew all the way around, making sure to backstitch at the start and stop, leaving your gap un-stitched for now.
6. Reach in through the gap and flip your mat right sides out, taking care to push out the corners as best you can. It can be hard to make perfect corners if you’re using a bathmat, but if you are using a towel, you should have no problem making clean, sharp corners. Press well.
7. Topstitch all the way around, using pins to hold your gap closed. The topstitching will close the gap. Feel free to quilt your mat as desired, or you can skip the quilting altogether if you’d rather. Enjoy your new kitchen mat/bathmat/front door mat!
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